Malaysian Match Racing Cricuit Stage One: Day 1 Race Report


11 May, 2012
Seven skippers at the 2012 Malaysian Match Racing Championship, Stage One, Day 1. Photo by AsianYachting.

Seven skippers at the 2012 Malaysian Match Racing Championship, Stage One, Day 1. Photo by AsianYachting.

 

Inaugural event makes history…
The opening round between Jeremy Koo (Koo Racing Team) and Harisfabillah b Muhammad (Royal Malaysian Navy Match Racing Team 3) was a historic moment as the inaugural Malaysian Match Racing Circuit gets underway. Although the race was held in light shifty winds, it heralds the beginning of a new era for Malaysian match racing enthusiasts. Held in the scenic passage between Pulau Pangkor and the Royal Malaysian Naval Base in Lumut, the sailors enthusiasm is running high and the collaboration between T-Best Events, Malaysian Yachting Association (MYA), and the Royal Malaysian Navy has produced a wonderful location for seven Malaysian teams to improve their skills and in the process rise up the world rankings.

At the morning skippers briefing it was revealed that there will be two round robins, after which the four best teams advance to the semi finals and the winners proceed into the grand final. The umpiring panel includes Chief Umpire Gary Manuel from Australia and all efforts are being made to bring Lt. Cdr. Chin, Norhafisam and Zainal Misran up to speed. PRO David Tallis is ably assisted by MCPO Abu Bakar Mahideen (Burn) and his navy team that have learnt the ropes during the past five Monsoon Cups and now ready to go it alone.

Nazri from BluBlack Productions is producing the videos briefed the sailors on giving interviews and not be frightened to speak their minds plus show their emotions while the camera is running. This aspect of the sport is very important and very valuable experience, especially when the volume gets wound up at full blown World Match Racing Tour events.

During a very spirited pre start, Rizal Mahadi (Setia West Marine) managed to inflict two penalties on Hazwan Hazim Dermawan (Permai Hotel Match Racing Team). However racing over short courses in shifty conditions and strong current, anything can happen and usually does. After completing one penalty turn, Hazwan managed to get back into the game and as they rounded the top mark, returned the favour by inflicting a penalty in Rizal, then completed the second 360 degree turn plus take over the lead in one foul swoop. This is the nature of match racing.

There does not seem to be any love lost between the three navy teams despite their different rankings on land. Newcomer Harisfabillah b Muhammad (Royal Malaysian Navy Match Racing Team 3) was not frightened to mix it up with his navy counterparts and held his nerve to beat the very experienced Masyuri Rahmat (Royal Malaysian Navy Match Racing Team 1) and Nik Ashraf Thaqid (Royal Malaysian Navy Match Racing Team 2).

Weighing in at 42 kilos Nurul Ain Md.Isa (Ri-Yaz Heritage Sailing Team) is the only women skipper here and she is not frightened to punch above her weight by claiming the scalps of Nik Ashraf Thaqid (Royal Malaysian Navy Match Racing Team 2) and Rizal Mahadi (Setia West Marine) reminding them she was the 2008 Malaysian Champion that qualified for the Monsoon Cup.

At the end of the day after seven flights are completed Jeremy Koo (Koo Racing Team) and Hazwan Hazim Dermawan (Permai Hotel Match Racing Team) come through unscathed winning all their races. Harisfabillah b Muhammad (Royal Malaysian Navy Match Racing Team 3) has contested most races and with three wins sits on top of the scoreboard.

Scoreboard (Win – Loss)
Harisfabillah b Muhammad (Royal Malaysian Navy Match Racing Team 3) 3 – 2
Hazwan Hazim Dermawan (Permai Hotel Match Racing Team) 3 – 0
Nurul Ain Md.Isa (Ri-Yaz Heritage Sailing Team) 2 – 1
Masyuri Rahmat (Royal Malaysian Navy Match Racing Team 1) 2 – 1
Jeremy Koo (Koo Racing Team) 2 – 0
Nik Ashraf Thaqid (Royal Malaysian Navy Match Racing Team 2) 1 – 4
Rizal Mahadi (Setia West Marine) 0 – 5

Story and photos by AsianYachting MultiMedia.

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