In November 2017 I joined the Simpson Marine team on board an Ericson 36 in the second leg of the Raja Mudu Regatta (Division 6). The second leg race began around 12 noon, racing from Pangkor Island to Penang Island, and the third and final leg took us from Penang to Langkawi. It was a very rewarding sailing experience and we were able to use the wind alone to sail all day and night, taking turns at the helm and resting in between. The second leg from Penang to Langkawi Island was important as we needed to qualify and did our best to tackle winds against us and low wind conditions.
Regatta racing was such a fun experience and our captain and team did a fantastic job as this was the first time for everyone taking part in sailing and racing in the Raja Muda Regatta. We constantly had to tack to make sure we were on course as our aim was to make good time on the second leg. When we arrived in Penang the whole team was delighted to have achieved the completion of the second leg. During the final leg we were aiming for a podium position and we ended up coming second in Division Six for the Penang to Langkawi leg – an amazing feeling!
It was such a beautiful area to be racing in and we got to enjoy more of Langkawi and the islands in the around-the-harbour race, with beautiful views. Most importantly we gained new experiences with sailing. My biggest tip is to always make sure your yacht is in good working condition as it really pays off when you are using it. The regatta was a fantastic overall experience
and our Malaysia team is looking forward to participate in the upcoming 2018 Raja Muda Regatta – we hope to see some of our boat owners there too.