The Royal Selangor Yacht Club in Port Klang, Malaysia, organisers of the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta, are planning a very special gathering of sailors for the 30th anniversary of this famous sailing event. Past winners of the coveted sterling silver Raja Muda Trophy have all been invited to return and gather to- gether for the final prize giving in Langkawi on 23rd November 2019 and to sail again if they wish to do so. Henry Kaye was the first cup winner with Lethal Weapon in 1990 and, remarkably, he is still actively sailing in Thailand and hopefully will attend. Neil Pryde holds the record for winning the cup six times in Hi Fi and he is making plans to join the event.
This yacht was significantly rebuilt during Neil’s ownership and later sold to Sarab Singh who renamed her as Windshikher and went on to win the cup three times in a row, starting in 2015. So nine wins for the same yacht! The only Malaysian winners with Gotcha Lagi, Amir Zohri and Dr Izham, are planning to sail in 2019 and to be on stage along with HRH The Sultan of Selangor for the “Cup Winner’s Gathering.” Ray Roberts, winner in 2007 with Quantum Racing and now sailing Team Hollywood, and Frank Pong, owner of Jelik, also plan to join in with the celebrations.
RMSIR has used many different venues for Regatta Dinners over the last 30 years but undoubtedly the most popular has been the Khoo Kongsi in Georgetown, Penang. This elaborate Chinese clanhouse, with its highly ornamental
architecture, is the grandest clan temple in Malaysia and one of Penang’s major historic attractions. Located in the midst of narrow, winding lanes, Khoo Kongsi has retained its authentic historic setting, and includes an association building,
a traditional theatre and late 19th century row houses for clan members, all clustered around a granite-paved square. RMSIR is returning to Khoo Kongsi and the icing on the cake for the prize giving evening will be a Lion Dance Troupe who are one of the best and most daring anywhere. An event not to be missed!
Organisers of the 30th RMSIR have announced that Yacht Tracking will be a feature of the event once again. The YB (Yellow Brick) Yacht Tracking system to be used also provides tracking services for the Rolex Sydney Hobart, World ARC 2017, Rolex Fastnet, Sydney Gold Coast Race and many more top international events. Each competing yacht will be provided with a small rugged, waterproof device that transmits a signal via Iridium satellites to the race organisers, giving details of the yacht’s position, course and speed. This feature will be used on the RMSIR passage races from Port
Klang to Pangkor, Pangkor to Penang and Penang to Langkawi and will provide essential safety information in the case of an on-board emergency. The tracker “wakes up” on a regular basis to obtain a position using the GPS satellite network, and then transmits that position back to an online map, embedded in the event website during a Race, or viewed directly. In an emergency an individual tracker can be remotely reprogrammed to transmit much more frequently and the trackers also provide a very accurate time for race finishes.
A “live tracking” web-based race viewer will be available on the RMSIR web site, showing the race track, current position and distance to the finish of every yacht while they are passage racing, and an app can be downloaded to smart phones and tablets showing the same data. A list will show the race positions for boats in each class and replay facilities are available to recap completed races. Perfect for friends and relatives to follow the action
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