August 2010 -
AY Team News

Mohd Masyuri & Royal Malaysian Navy 1 - Qualify for Asian Games 2010
MYA Website07:07:2010 Day 2: In blustery conditions yesterday, Mohd Masyuri and his Royal Malaysian Navy 1 team came from behind to snatch victory and be selected as the keelboat match racing team to represent Malaysia at the 16th Asian Games. To be contested latter this year from November 12-27, at the Guangdong Ocean Sports Training Centre (GOSTC) in Shanwei, China. After struggling in the round robin stage and scraping into last spot for the semi final cut, Mohd Masyuri's RMN1 team went on to beat Nurul Elia's more favoured Perak Team, that topped the leader board after winning every race in the round robins, chose to race the lowly fourth placed finishers. By sailing fast and staying within the rules during the pre-start and on course tacking duels, they skillfully earned two race wins to go on and duel it out in the finals with fellow navy compatriots Mohd Razali on Royal Malaysian Navy 2. Who with all their experience overcame Nik Ashraf's Malaysian Yachting Assoc 2 team in their semi final round 2-0 and is considered the top navy match racing team to beat. That did not deter Mohd Masyuri's crew as they once again put on a masterful display, that even Datuk Peter Gilmour would be proud of and maneuvered their Platu 25 to inflict two penalties during pre-start and on the course to come from behind and snatch the lead within the rules and in the process triumph in the first ever MYA/RMN organised selection trials. A very jubilant team have sailed their way into the record books. Goto extensive MYA Photo Gallery and results are posted on the MYA Website

Goto Extensive MYA Photo GalleryWhere do we go from here?
As the Malaysian Yachting Association (MYA) in conjunction with the RMN Yacht Club race officials, and under the careful guidance of MYA General Manager Mohd Afendy have shown that they can successfully run a Grade 3 or 4 match racing event in Malaysian waters. Can we expect more events in the future? Funding for keelboat participation at Asian and SEA Games level has been categorized as Class B by the Malaysian Olympic Council - Which means the MNO and the winning team have to find sponsors to pay for the teams full expenses before and in China, including J80 boat hire and only if they end up on the podium, can expect their hefty expenses to be refunded. Depending on which podium place they stand there is a handsome cash reward for the skipper and crew plus more financial benefits to be bestowed on the team when they get back home. The problem with sustaining a match racing team in Malaysia is that there is no continuity of events throughout the year to keep a racing team together. Afendy was heard to say "That he was happy that the selection trials were held in strong winds, as Guangdong province has a reputation for strong wind and up to 2 meter seas during November". He also congratulated the winning team and as they are from the navy, has heard from the Head of the Armed Forces, who also sits on the Olympic Council that the navy will budget for the teams participation and work with the MYA on future keelboat training events to further prepare the team. Even though we have been championing the keelboat racing cause over the last few years, they may have finally caught up with International expectations and at least holding these qualifiers is a positive step in the right direction to producing an annual program of events throughout Malaysia.

Goto Extensive MYA Photo GalleryRound Robin Rankings after Day 1
Mohd Razali - Royal Malaysian Navy 2 - 4-0
Nurul Elia - Perak Team - 2-0
Mohd Masyuri - Royal Malaysian Navy 1 - 2-2
Nik Ashraf - Malaysian Yachting Assoc 2 - 0-2
Norhafisam - Royal Malaysian Navy 3 - 0-3
Muhammid Rezaki - Malaysian Yachting Assoc 1 - 0-3

MYA MicrositeMalaysian Qualifiers for Asian Games 2010 - Day 1
06:07:2010 Day 1: Over half way through the round robin stage and Mohd Razali's Royal Malaysian Navy 2 (RMN) team leads the standings with a 4-0 scoreline. Six teams have fronted up for the inaugural keelboat match racing selection trials hosted by the Royal Malaysian Navy Yacht Club (RMNYC) in Lumut, Perak. Three from the Navy, two from the Malaysian Yachting Association (MYA) and one representing the state of Perak. Nurul Elia's Perak Team also remain undefeated at 2-0 and on present form could go on to take the challenge to the navy. After this round robin stage two teams will be eliminated, leaving four teams to fight it out in the semi final and ultimately down to two teams for the final latter today (weather permitting). Overnight rain has dampened the conditions some what and could cause some early delays in today's proceedings

Round Robin Rankings
Nurul Elia - Perak Team - 5-0
Archived AY Team NewsMohd Razali - Royal Malaysian Navy 2 - 4-1
Nik Ashraf - Malaysian Yachting Assoc 2 - 2-3
Mohd Masyuri - Royal Malaysian Navy 1 - 2-3
Muhammid Rezaki - Malaysian Yachting Assoc 1 - 1-4
Norhafisam - Royal Malaysian Navy 3 - 0-5

More on Asian Games 2010 venue
Shanwei is located on the South China Sea in the Guangdong province of China, approximately 150 kilometers east of Hong Kong. The championship will be hosted by the Asian Sailing Federation and the Chinese Yachting Association and is organized by the Guangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee and the Shanwei People’s Government. Racing will be held six men’s, five women’s and three open events, including the Optimist, 420, 470, Mistral, RS:X, Laser, Laser Radial and Hobie 16 classes. Find out more about the event at the Asian Sailing Federation website. Click for NOR pdf file. China is also hosting the 16th edition of the Asian Games at Guangzhou in November 2010

Learn to SAIL with Asian YachtmastersAugust 2010 AY Team News - Reviving the Learn to SAIL with Asian Yachtmasters keel boat training scheme at the AY Center in PD is taking a little longer than expected as the antifouling job on Platu #129 (Soon to be renamed AsianYachting 1) drags on. Then we will be inviting interested persons from all over the world to come to Pt Dickson and try out our 2-hour Discover Sailing program, to see if they like it... It is also our intention to continue on with forming an AY Racing Team and are constantly on the lookout for serious sailors that want to develop their racing skills and go on to successfully compete at regional keelboat regattas and match racing events. If you want to TRY OUT for our AY Racing Team we will set aside some weekends, when we will take anyone sailing that is interested in making up the core of sailors needed to form a team. (Goto 2009 AY Team News to see how the team fared at the 2009 Malaysian Match Racing Championship) The full AY Syllabus can be accessed from the extensive AY Menu Click Here...

Live coverage 9th - 14th Aug - Sail for Gold RegattaNOW Showing on AYTV
Live coverage all week 9th - 14th August - Sail for Gold Regatta from WPNSA (home of the 2012 Olympics). For those that are into match racing big boats can study the video clips to see how the professionals do it by
Replaying the 1851 Cup and daily Cowes Week roundup or the Louis Vuitton Trophy on LVT and AYTV channels. Also Replay the Audi MedCup & World Match Racing Tour daily highlight programs and race by race action on SAIL TV long after the racing is over.

Goto past AY Team News
July 2010
- Reviving Learn to SAIL
with Asian Yachtmasters Courses at the AY Center in PD

November 09
- Asian Qualifiers key to World Match Racing Tour door
October 2009 - Malaysian Match Racing Championship 2009 - One chance in a million...
Sept 09 - AY Team News launched
August 09
- Monsoon Sailing School a resounding success

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