The Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta is the second oldest regatta in Asia. It was back in 1989 when the, then, Raja Muda (Crown Prince) of Selangor, a keen sailor and member of Royal Selangor Yacht Club came up with the idea of having a regatta for boats that were coming to RSYC on their way to the newly formed Kings Cup held in Thailand during December.
DYMM Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Alhaj, founder of the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta
From this idea came the start of what is now one of the most popular regattas in Asia. It is unique in that it is made up of a collection of offshore passage, interspersed with inshore "round the cans" races, and travels up the west coast of peninsular Malaysia, stopping at various islands enroute. This provides for much socialising at each venue as well as giving constantly changing conditions for the participants.
The Regatta has now evolved into a challenging offshore sailing race organised every year by the Royal Selangor Yacht Club in Malaysia in association with the RORC. It now consists of three overnight passage races, 260 miles in total, plus 3 days of harbour/ inshore racing in Penang and Langkawi. With regatta dinners almost every night, a rickshaw race at Straits Quay, Penang, and lots of opportunities to socialise, the onshore activities are just as demanding as the sailing! The event attracts a large variety of yachts, from top class IRC racers to slow classic cruisers dating back over 100 years, all of whom have to cope with unpredictable weather and changing tactics during the 9 day mix of races past the tropical islands of the Melaka Straits.
The Raja Muda Cup, commissioned by HRH The Sultan of Selangor and presented to the winner of the Racing Class 1 series