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Training Day

LANGKAWI, 11 January. – Today is training day for the participants, workers and volunteers involved in the 14th Royal Langkawi International Regatta – five full days of sea-bashing, teeth-jarring and action-packed international yacht racing at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club (RLYC).

Today, most of the 37 participating racing yachts will venture out onto Bass Harbor, along the western shore of Kuah town where they will shape their crews, some experienced and some new, into a highly effective team with one goal in mind – winning races. The crews will explore the anomalies and quirks of flat-out racing on highly strung temperamental racing yachts in the fickle winds, surging tides and rocky islands that abound in Bass Harbor.

The Principal Race Officer (PRO) will follow the yachts out to Bass Harbor with the committee boat and his team of Sea Management Personnel, a volunteer team of enthusiastic local people, visiting yachtsmen and women and professional yacht racing managers from around the globe.

On the waters of Bass Harbor the PRO will instruct his team on how best to position flags, lay the course buoys and report on local conditions while keeping an eye on the yachts as they traverse the course. Their effort enables the PRO to better lay down challenging and interesting race courses for the varied classes of racing yachts that will not only put man and machine to the ultimate test but create an exciting and action-filled spectacle for all to enjoy.

The crew in the Regatta Office will also be training their volunteers, yachtsmen and professionals to give the finest support to the arriving yachts. These personnel started registering the yachts early this morning, slotting them into classes, measuring sails and providing essential equipment, expertise and advice to ease their introduction to the regatta.

The RLYC, the organiser of the Royal Langkawi International Regatta, is undergoing a brand new renovation and up-grading with the overall theme of “Redefining the Yachting Experience in Malaysia”.

Management and staff are pulling out all the stops to provide the skippers and crew members with the finest of world class service and facilities, ensuring that the crews enjoy a comfortable and engaging area to relax and recharge after the long and scorching hot days of racing in Langkawi waters.

This training and tweaking will all come together tomorrow when the 14th Royal Langkawi International Regatta gets underway for the first day of world class yacht racing right here in Langkawi, Malaysia.

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