Jeremy out to create history at Monsoon Cup
PULAU DUYONG (Nov 28, 2010): Since winning the Malaysian Match Racing Championship (MMRC) a month ago, Jeremy Koo (Mas) of Koo Racing Team-Evernew has only been dreaming of one thing – creating history in the Monsoon Cup which starts on Tuesday with the Coronation Cup.
As the winner of the MMRC, Jeremy received an invitation to compete in the Monsoon Cup, the last leg of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT). The six-day event will be held at the five-star Ri-Yaz Heritage Marina Resort and Spa from Tuesday until Dec 5.
“I took part in the 2006 and 2007 Monsoon Cup when I crewed for my sister Tiffany, but this will be my first time as skipper. In those two occasions, we only managed to win one race while in 2008 and 2009, the Malaysian representatives each failed to win a single match. As a result, we all finished last,” said Jeremy, who finished second in the recent China Cup.
“My aim this year is two fold. One is to win as many races as possible and secondly, try to avoid ending up with the wooden spoon. I think I have a good chance of upsetting one or two of the skippers but that will be easier said than done.”
Jeremy, who was a member of China’s America’s Cup team in 2007, added his knowledge of the Pulau Duyong race course will be a big help, but accepted that the elite skippers would have already done their homework. “Obviously, having raced at the course since 2006 would be a big advantage, but the professional sailors are all meticulous in their planning,” said Jeremy. “I think it will all boil down to tactics and the weather conditions. All it takes is just one bad decision and the race would be over in a flash.”
As for his own preparations, Jeremy said besides the China Cup, he spent one week training with the South Korean sailing team who finished third in the just concluded Asian Games. He also just competed in the Raja Muda International Regatta.
“I will have a day’s rest before flying to Terengganu to meet up with my crew on Tuesday. We will have two hours practice to fine tune our teamwork before the Monsoon Cup,” said Jeremy, who is a former World Champion in the Byte Class. “I’m feeling confident and can’t wait for the event to begin.”
Besides Jeremy, the other teams who will compete in the Monsoon Cup are Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team, defending World and Monsoon Cup Champion Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing, Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN, Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team, Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar, Jesper Radich (DEN) Gaastra Racing Team, Francesco Bruni (ITA) Team Azzurra, Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing, Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Global Team, Asian Match Racing Championship winner Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing and Sunseeker Australia Cup qualifier Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing.
Richard (105 points), Minoprio (90), Ainslie (88), Mirsky (76) and Williams (72) are all still in the running to be crowned World Champion, although the odds favour the top three skippers.
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