PORT KLANG (16 November 2019) – The Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta (RMSIR) celebrates another
milestone with its 30th anniversary this year.
The pearl jubilee edition saw the participating boats push off from the starting point in Port Klang earlier today with HH
Raja Muda Selangor, Tengku Amir Shah sailing with the fleet onboard the boat Fujin. The boats will sail in overnight
passage races along Malaysia’s west coast and compete in inshore harbour races from 16 to 23 November 2019.
Known as “the regatta with everything”, the RMSIR is Asia’s second-oldest race and Southeast Asia’s most challenging
sailing event. This year’s event sees the return of several regatta regulars, including three-time Raja Muda Cup winner
Windsikher (skippered this time by Sarab Jeet Singh and Nick Burns) and former Jugra Cup winner Antipodes (Geoff Hill)
– both are aiming to reclaim their respective Class 1 and Class 2 titles.
“When RSYC members first came up with the idea of starting a feeder regatta for yachts that were on their way to the
Kings Cup in Thailand, no one expected the regatta to keep going for 30 years. We greatly appreciate the support that
skippers and boat owners have shown over the years and consider ourselves very fortunate that many sailors come back
time after time to race in Malaysia,” said RMSIR Chairman Jeff Harris.
The 30th RMSIR kicked off with the opening dinner at the Royal Selangor Yacht Club (RSYC) last night, which saw the
ringing of a traditional ship’s bell to signal the official start of the event. The fleet is now on its regular course through
the Straits of Malacca to the checkpoints at Pangkor, Penang and Langkawi as the sailors vie for line and class honours.
Other activities include social events and a rickshaw race. The final awards ceremony will be held at the Royal Langkawi
Yacht Club on 23 November.
Prizes for the pearl jubilee regatta include the coveted perpetual trophy – the Raja Muda Cup – and a miniature Raja
Muda Cup that has been specially produced for the regatta’s 30th anniversary.
The RMSIR is organized annually by the RSYC in association with the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and the
Malaysia Sailing Association; assisted by the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) and Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). The
RMP’s Marine Police play an instrumental role in escorting the boats out to the starting points and back to the finish line
in the whole regatta.
Simon James takes over from RMSIR veteran Jerry Rollin as the Principal Race Officer this year while Malaysia’s
Leonard Chin returns to head the International Jury. The Yellow Brick (YB) Yacht Tracking system is being used once
again for live tracking of the overnight passage races from Port Klang to Pangkor, then Penang and finally Langkawi.
Selangor Tourism is a main sponsor, along with container port Westports Malaysia. Scottish whisky brand Old Pulteney
will provide bottles of their famous malt for prize winners. Other sponsors include UK Sails, the Port Klang Authority
and the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA)
The schedule for the 2019 RMSIR is as follows:
16 November 2019 Start of Race – races from Port Klang to Pangkor
18 November 2019 Races from Pangkor to Penang
19 November 2019 Rickshaw races at Straits Quay, Tanjung Tokong, Penang
20 November 2019 Inshore races in Penang Harbour
21 November 2019 Races from Penang to Kuah, Langkawi
22 November 2019 Inshore Races at Kuah Harbour, Langkawi
23 November 2019 Final Inshore Races in Langkawi at Kuah Harbour /Awards
The RMSIR was established in 1990 by the RSYC’s Royal Patron, the Sultan of Selangor HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris
Shah (who was then Raja Muda Selangor) together with Dato’ Johan Ariff and Jonathon Muhiudeen. HH Tengku Amir
Shah, the current Raja Muda Selangor, is the RSYC Honorary Life Commodore.
Yachts competing in the regatta range from top class IRC1 racers to beautiful classic cruisers with long overhangs dating
back over 100 years. Skippers and crew will have to cope with the unpredictable weather, changing tactics and heavy
shipping traffic in the Straits of Malacca, all of which make the regatta a matchless experience.
Known for its unpredictable winds, weather and tide, the RMSIR provides excitement for even the most experienced of
sailors, along with an interesting challenge. Add to that a little bit of sightseeing and fun social events at every stop and
you have a regatta with everything.
The month of November typically marks the height of the northeast monsoon on Peninsular Malaysia where sailors can
expect anything from glassy waters and light breeze to a sea heaving with two metres of swell or higher and 30 knot
squalls blowing off the coast. In other words, these northeast monsoon months bring conditions that are challenging
enough even for seasoned sailors.
For more information and for the official results, log on to www.rmsir.com or www.facebook.com/rmsir.
About the Royal Selangor Yacht Club (RSYC)
The Royal Selangor Yacht Club (RSYC) is among the oldest and most active members’ yacht club in Malaysia.
Established in 1969, it was first registered as the “Port Swettenham Yacht Club”, before changing its name to the
“Selangor Yacht Club” in 1972. In March 1989, a new name was given, where it was officially opened and named the
“Royal Selangor Yacht Club” by the Patron, His Royal Highness the Sultan of Selangor. Today, the RSYC caters for
sailors, anglers and powerboat owners.
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