This week was the 20th edition of Malaysia’s oldest keelboat sailing regatta and one of the region’s premier events: The Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta 2009.
The regatta is one of the very few true offshore passage racing regattas in the region and takes place over the course of 9 days from Port Klang, linking 3 of the most popular islands of peninsular Malaysia – Pangkor, Penang and Langkawi.
This year 55 yachts with crews coming from all over the world (France, Hong Kong, Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand etc) participated in the race and enjoyed the challenge of combining seamanship, navigation, local knowledge with competing.
For my first regatta, I was warmly welcomed on Eveline, a 100 year-old classic yacht built in Shangai and owned by Dato’ Richard Curtis. Eveline is the oldest yacht of the regatta and the slowest (we arrived usually 2 to 6 hours after the rest of the fleet!) but with the scientific and mysterious handicap calculation (according to size, age, weight, overall capacity etc) we’ve managed to get 3rd and 2nd place in two passage legs, quite an amazing performance for a lady born in 1910!
The atmosphere on board was extremely friendly yet professional, with a very special attention given to Food & Beverage for our delicate palates: on Eveline we know how to yacht in style.
Many thanks to all the crew for having Frog & Princess on board and we will definitely be back next year. As Eveline tag line goes: Never a dull moment.
(Photos courtesy of The Royal Selangor Yacht Club.)
Here’s a great article published in MSN Malaysia Sports Page about our Regatta on Eveline: http://sport.malaysia.msn.com/blog/article.aspx?cp-documentid=3713275