Gotcha's sweet success year 1999

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The Rahim brothers displayed some superb sailing abilities on their yacht 'Gotcha' to claim overall victory, for the first time at the 6th Singapore Straits Regatta and Malaysia's own, 10th Anniversary Raja Muda International Regatta. The past years devoted by skipper Amir Zohri and his crew to developing the necessary skills and confidence to compete have paid off and signal a new era of Malaysian competitiveness on the International yachting scene.

Skipper Amir Zohri Rahim likes to combine the crews ability in driving the boat forward by selecting the best coarse to steer at the time after due consideration of the adverse and assisting effects strong tidal currents and changing local weather conditions can have on a yachts performance.

The secret to this crews success lies with their ability to work patiently together to keep the boat moving all the time for the entire race, even through the difficult times till the finish line is crossed or as some old sea salts say 'Till the fat lady sings'.

Amir's 99 regatta winning crew is mostly Malaysian and includes accomplished offshore sailing brothers Datuk Mokhzani and Dr Izham Rahim, nephew Amad Zaki Izham, Hashim Mohamed formerly a Malay rugby great, KL architect Lim Milin, Mark Ray a long- time boat dealer in Singapore and Capt. Marty Rijkuris an Australian yachting instructor who has based himself in Malaysia over the last five years.

These local sailors have used the Royal Selangor Yacht Club annual sailing program to develop the necessary yachting skills to take on the cast of International sailing rock stars including Olympic medallists who arrive to compete at this time of the year.

Proving that the Malaysia Boleh or Malaysian's can achieve attitude, ability and spirit is alive and well amongst local sailing enthusiasts.

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Gotcha under sail

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Skipper Amir Zohri is helped by brother Dato Mokhzani to hold the winning cup aloft. Capt Marty in front.

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Initially local newspapers in Singapore and Malaysia carried stories of Gotcha's success. Lately the International sailing magazines, Internet websites and local TV stations have all covered this historic victory by publishing articles on the individual regattas included in the prestigious South East Asian Regatta Circuit.

Using the Internet to publicize these events will further enhance an International awareness to the Asian regions sailing events and attract more entries from abroad.

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Raja Muda International Regatta 99 presentation ceremony

The rapid technological advancements being presently experienced makes it possible for yachts to transmit live footage taken off the action onboard and make it available to the public via their website.

This form of media promotion is quickly improving the publicity, coverage and marketability of yachting internationally.

Defending the titles that have eluded this Malaysian yacht racing Team over the years will be as difficult as winning in the first place.

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