September 2010 -
AY Team News

Match Race Cup III - ThailandMatch Race Cup III - Thailand - Ridgely Balderas, Philippine Team wins closely fought finals...
By Neil Semple
Match Race Cup III - ThailandSept 18th and 19th 2010: As usual at Royal Varuna Yacht Club match racing events, the start line was just 30 metres from the beach bar and the spectators had a great view. A new addition this time was a huge comfy sofa for onlookers to sit on while watching the pre-start and exciting racing action. The best match of the entire weekend was the final battle of the round robin stage Group B, between Jon Eriksson and Ridgely Balderas, as this would determine which one of them would get into the semi-finals. We thought it was all over on the last beat when Jon went out the left, got good wind and pulled into the lead, while Ridgely got stuck in a bit of a hole in the middle of the course. But Ridgely's excellent spinnaker work allowed the Philippine team to close the gap on the run. Just before the finish line Ridgely gybed onto port to cross the line just ahead of Jon on starboard just a few meters behind. We were all on the edge of our seats at the beach bar sofa. Even spectators on the yacht club veranda 100 metres away, could hear the whoops of delight from the Filipino boat. This sent a message to the rest of the teams that the Filipinos had got into a groove. The lighter conditions which had troubled the Filipino's earlier in the event now presented few worries. In a closely fought final contest with Veerasit Puangnak (THA), Ridgely held onto the lead and won both match races and claimed first place in Thailand Match Racing Cup III of 2010. So who is Ridgely Balderas? He is with the Philippine Sailing Association and has done most of his sailing in small two man 470 dingy's and has some experience in large keel boats, but is fairly new to match racing.
Balderas match racing team is also the Philippine national team and consists of his former 470 crew and other SEA Games medallists.They will represent the Philippines at the Asian Games in the keel boat match racing in November 2010. Goto full Match Race Cup lll story and results Here...

Which other National Teams are going to the Asian Games?
Asian Sailing Federation website At the 14th Asian Sailing Championship held from 20th-29th March 2010 at the Guangdong Ocean Sports Training Centre (GOSTC), Shanwei, China, hosted by the Asian Sailing Federation and Chinese Yachting Association as the pre-event for the Guangzhou Asian Games in November this year. Seven match racing teams raced on J80 keelboats which was hotly contested in strong conditions and steep seas. The eventual results are below and AY have been eagerly following some recent national qualifying sessions and trying to work out which countries will be sending keelboat teams and have summarised our findings so far. (Further below). If you can assist us in the search, please email any team news and results to
1st Japan - Takumi Nakamura
2nd Singapore - Maxmilian Soh
3rd India - Mahesh Ramachandran won the YAI National Squad Selection Trials
4th China - Zhou Jing
5th Pakistan - Zahid Rauf
6th Thailand - Kim Junggon
7th Korea - Morton Jakobsen

Singapore's Tan Wearn Haw qualifiesSingapore's Tan Wearn Haw looks set for a return after his team recently topped the selection trials for this year's Asian Games keelboat match racing event. The Singapore keelboat team are the defending champions after winning gold at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha. Tan and the rest of his crew - jib trimmer Yurii Siegel, main trimmer Colin Ng and bowman Benjamin Tan (picture) - should be nominated by SingaporeSailing for the Asian Games, which will be held in Guangzhou, China, from Nov 12 to 27.

Mohd Masyuri & RMN 1 - Qualify for Asian GamesWe already reported in last months AY Team News, how 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. 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. A very jubilant team have sailed their way into the record books, after defeating their Navy counterparts in the final. Goto extensive MYA Photo Gallery and results are posted on the MYA Website

SEA Games 2007 Race ReportsMahesh Ramachandran's team won the Yachting Association of India - National Squad Selection Trials earlier this year which earned them the berth to contest both the 14th Asian Sailing Championship and the 2010 Asian Games.

Who will represent Thailand and other Asian countries? Perhaps Veerasit Puangnak's all Thai team that won the 2007 SEA Games and represented Thailand at the Platu 25 Worlds in Italy will get the nod. Thai based Morton Jakobsen and Neil Semple have heavily promoted and participated in local match racing events and have coaxed some foreign teams to participate.

As Keelboat match racing is a relative new discipline to the Asian Games scene and the certainty of winning a medal cannot be determined, most national sailing organisations and Olympic Councils are not willing to fund the teams expenses. Individual MNA's 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. The MYA have estimated the expenses to be around RM45k (US$15k). Depending on which podium place they may secure, 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.

Malaysian Match Racing Championship 2009The problem with sustaining a match racing team in Asia is that there is no continuity of events throughout the year to keep a racing team together. Thailand is leading the way by having three Match Racing events this year. The next big match racing events for teams to garner more experience is the Malaysian Match Racing Championship (MMRC) taking place at Ri-Yaz Heritage Marina Resort & Spa, home of the Monsoon Cup, from 20th – 23rd October 2010. It will be followed by the Asian Match Racing Championship (AMRC) from 26th – 29th October 2010. For South Asian sailors the Mumbai International Match Race - ISAF Grade 3 Match Racing Regatta is squeezed in from 25 – 28 October 2010.

This year’s Defending MMRC champion Hazwan Hazim Dermawan has a special reason to retain the title this October – as he will be representing his home state Perak this year. 25-year-old Hazwan, who was born in Ipoh, made the decision to move back to his home state after capturing last year’s crown while skippering Terengganu’s Taring Pelangi. Although it was a special moment for him, Hazwan said the joy would have been so much better if it was achieved while sailing for Perak. They have secured sponsorship and will be racing under the team name of Silvermatch AC Law where AC Law represents a law firm from Perak, while Silver means Perak. More at This wonderful opportunity will also give Mohd Masyuri and his Royal Malaysian Navy 1, national representative keelboat team a chance to hone their skills before they go onto the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China in November. Further MC qualifier info contact T Best Event (Ms Mira) at 603-22833324 or 016-3385341(HP) / Email:

Learn to SAIL with Asian Yachtmasters On the home front the newly purchased Platu #129 AsianYachting 1 has been re-launched and over the coming months we will be reviving the Learn to SAIL program. Prices have been slashed to RM50 per person for a 2 to 3 hour Discover Sailing trip from PD World Marina in Port Dickson. (See map) This would suit a small family or agile group of friends that would like to share in a sailing experience on our small race boat over the weekend or during the school holidays. Future course dates and details can be found at: As Malaysia has become the home of match racing in Asia, the plan is to build on our AY Racing Team with an emphasis on match racing as this increasingly popular discipline is used to settle keelboat championships at the SEA and Asian Games. We 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. The full AY Syllabus can be accessed from the extensive AY Menu Click Here...

2009 Malaysian Match Racing ChampionshipGoto past AY Team News
August 2010 -
Mohd Masyuri & Royal Malaysian Navy 1 - Qualify for Asian Games 2010
July 2010 - Reviving Learn to SAIL with Asian Yachtmasters Courses at the AY Center in PD
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- 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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