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Regatta with a difference…

Posted by Malcolm at 1:30 AM on Jan 23, 2019

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Regatta with a difference…

To quote Guy Nowell, sailing journalist and photographer:

“November 2003 was the start of a love affair with Asia's most characterful, colourful, and charismatic regatta. By turns; exciting, frustrating, and exhausting, the Raja Muda involves three coastal passage races totalling some 260nm, three days of inshore cans racing, a rickshaw race, four slap-up parties, and a journey from the mud ripping currents of Port Klang to the tranquil and beautiful waters of Langkawi.”

It's an annual event that was started in 1989 as a feeder race for boats going north up the Malacca Strait towards the fledgling Phuket King's Cup, and, to which, the then Raja Muda (now Sultan of Selangor) bestowed his title. "We thought it would last just five or so years," he said, on the occasion of the 25th edition.

Now, in its 30th year, RMSIR has always attracted a real variety of yachts that represent the full spectrum of keelboat sailing. While the original entrants were mostly made up of club racers and cruisers, the serious racing fraternity gradually started coming and now make up a significant part of the fleet. Add to this mix are some fast and elegant Premier Cruising yachts, plus the Classic class, regularly represented by Dato’ Richard Curtis’s centenarian contender, Eveline, usually to be found bringing up the rear of the fleet.

The 29th event was particularly significant for its diverse mix of boats, with Scallywag Trimaran, one of the fastest yachts on the international circuit, at the “top end” and Rona, a very fine Classic built by Stowe & Sons in the UK in 1895, representing the elegant and stately sailing group.

Yachts and crew members come from many countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand and of course Malaysia…. 2019 could be your year to join them!