Nov 30, 2007

Monsoon Cup 2007 - Kuala Terengganu Malaysia

Kuala Terengganu 28 November 2007 – The Yang Dipertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin accompanied by the Raja Permaisuri Agong Puanku Nur Zahirah, today officially opened the Monsoon Cup 2007 in a ceremony filled with a city parade, local celebrities and an array of world-class sailors.

The Sultan of Selangor Sharafuddin Idris Shah also graced the official opening ceremony. The Menteri Besar of Terengganu Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh was also present at the opening ceremony. The public, which came out in big numbers, watched the World Match Racing Tour Trophy and the Monsoon Cup paraded in the streets of Kuala Terengganu.

The colourful procession which started at The Heritage Bay Club Marina & Resort, were made up of the participating teams, traditional dancers, police and navy personnel. The entire event was enlivened by local celebrities like Mawi and Hans Isaac who accompanied each team in an open truck. Other local favourites such as singer Mila, Yasin, Deja Moss and Juliana led the rest of the participating teams in the parade.

A traditional boat procession then carried the participants from Dataran Shahbandar to Pulau Duyong via the waterway back to the marina. The entire procession took more than an hour. The resort is the venue of one of the toughest World Match Racing Tour championships in recent years, with an estimated global audience of two billion TV viewers. Besides the coveted World Match Racing Tour Trophy, the winners will also claim the Monsoon Cup 2007.
The teams competing this year are PST, Team Pindar, Saba Sailing Team, Areva Challenge, Team Apport.Net, Team Shoshosloza, Radich Racing Team, Alandia Sailing Team, Mirsky Racing Team, Team Acuity, BlackMatch Racing and Selangor UK Halsey Gapurna. Selangor UK Halsey Gapurna includes Malaysia’s very own champion sailor Tiffany Khoo, who at the age of 23, is already an established sailor on the international circuits.

With the Tour’s largest purse at stake at the Monsoon Cup, a tough fight is on the cards; Malaysians and the world will witness the deciding race to determine the 2006/07 World Match Racing Tour champion. The Monsoon Cup which debuted in 2005, has quickly become an integral part of the Malaysia’s sporting and tourism calendar.

### The Monsoon Cup, organized by T-Best Events, first made its debut in Malaysia, the Tour’s first Asian venue, in 2005. The match race, which attracts sailing enthusiasts and visitors from around the globe, brings together some of the world's best yachtsmen and sailing crews to South East Asia including America’s Cup qualifiers. ###

Source : Monsoon Cup Terengganu

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