Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Monsoon Cup 2011 – Kuala Terengganu

Posted by Hashim Abd Ghani On 6:33 AM


Monsoon Cup, the prestigious final event of the 2011 International Sailing Federation (ISAF) World Match Racing Tour which be held from 22nd-27th November 2011 at the Ri-Yaz Heritage Marina Resort & Spa, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. The Monsoon Cup is a yacht race in Malaysia, held in the state of Terengganu. The tagline for the race is: "You wouldn't want to miss it".

Monsoon Cup was first initiated by the Malaysian Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi during his fishing trip in Terengganu. The Prime Minister thought the monsoon season should be used as an advantage to the state and his people rather than being seen as a hurdle. The economic objectives include making the Monsoon Cup a catalyst for development in the state and to create economic opportunities in services and manufacturing sectors related to the event. Among them are hotels, tourism, restaurants, boat-making, food supplies, textiles and souvenirs.

The Monsoon Cup also helped turn the event venue, Pulau Duyong at the mouth of Terengganu River, from a sleepy fishing and boat-making village into modern and international-class resort and marina and boat repair facilities.

The Monsoon Cup 2005 celebrated its inauguration and debut as the 50th official event of the Swedish Match Tour, and serves as the Malaysian leg for the prestigious international sailing event. Dubbed 'The Formula One of Sailing', this professional sailing series was formed in 2000 to unite the world's best match-race regattas under one banner.


 

Kuala Terengganu Harbour

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