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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"

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Overview

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 (http://www.swedishmatchtour.com/), 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.

The World Match Racing Tour comprises ten events in ten specially selected locations around the world. As the leading professional sailing series in the world, the Tour events are recognized as must-attend regattas on the match-race circuit. The Monsoon Cup for the 2009 offered the second highest prize money in the world (RM1 million) for a match racing event.

The Monsoon Cup 2009 was held at Pulau Duyong, Terengganu, from the 9th November 2009 to 6th December 2009 start with Asian Qualifier and then Malaysian Qualifier.

The Monsoon Cup is the tenth and final event on the World Match Racing Tour 2009. Twelve of the best match racing teams met on the waters off Terengganu in Malaysia from 2 to 6 December 2009 to contest the event. Once again the battle for the championship trophy will see the top sailing teams in the world pitting their skills against each other in the last leg of the tour.

This sailing event has ignited interest in match racing and yachting in Asia and also great interest in the prestigious America's Cup. A majority of the participants in the Monsoon Cup are sailors that have and will be competing in the America's Cup as well as Olympic gold medalist.

The Monsoon Cup's success has helped to create the Korea Match Cup and spurred Singapore and Qingdao in China to be venues for the Volvo Ocean Race and Olympics respectively.

Monsoon Cup Previous Races

Edition Winning Team
2005 Peter Gilmour and Pizza-La Sailing Team
2006 Peter Holmberg and Alinghi Team
2007 Ian Williams and Pindar Team
2008 Peter Gilmour and Yanmar Racing Team
2009 Adam Minoprio and BlackMatch Racing

Asian Match Racing Championships Previous Races

Edition Winning Team
2006 Adam Minoprio and BlackMatch Racing
2007 Adam Minoprio and BlackMatch Racing
2008 Keith Swinton and BlackSwan Racing
2009 Phil Robertson and WAKA Racing

Malaysian Match Racing Championships Previous Races

Edition Winning Team
2006 Tiffany Khoo and Team Selangor Gapurna 1
2007 Tiffany Khoo and Team UK Halsey Gapurna
2008 Nurul Ain and Perak Sailing Team
2009 Hazwan Hazim Dermawan and Taring Pelangi

The Yachts

Boat: Foundation 36 Designer: Brett Bakewell-White

The concept for the Foundation 36 yacht was developed by the Western Australian Yachting Foundation in conjunction with the boat builder Peter Milner and the designer Brett Bakewell-White. The WAYF specifically wanted a yacht for day sailing and match racing, with a racing crew of 5 or comfortably sail with 12 people for corporate sailing functions.

The yachts are built in glass reinforced polyester with foam core and plywood bulkheads to American Bureau of Shipping and USL codes determined by the Western Australian Department of Planning and Infrastructure specifications.

The lead keel is encased in fiberglass and slotted into a recess in the hull to ensure the alignment is identical across the fleet. This makes the yachts perfect match racing as they are all identical.

Great detail has gone into the stem and sheer design to ensure that the yachts have extremely strong edges to minimize “down time” during events due to collisions. The deck layout has a large self-draining cockpit, with cabin top mounted aluminum self-tailing secondary winches and deck-mounted primary winches.

A centrally mounted padeye for the mainsheet increases the ease of sailing and maintenance. Control lines for the backstay, and mainsheet fine tune are lead under the deck to a central, raised mainsheet control station.

Specifications LOA — 35.63’ (10.86m) Beam — 11.42’ (3.48m) Draft — 6.23’ (1.9m) Displacement — 8,487 lbs (3,850 kg)

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