Borneo International Yachting Challenge - starting July 17. The eighth Borneo International Yachting Challenge is back, this time, featuring 21 competing teams, including one from Malaysia.
The flag-off of the event will be held on July 17 by Minister of Tourism and Heritage, Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg. The flag-off will be held at Marina Bay, Miri. Teams will then head off to Labuan, before kicking off to Kota Kinabalu on July 20.
'Thirteen teams have confirmed their participation for the event,' said Assistant Minister of Sports Datuk Lee Kim Shin on Friday to a group of local media after chairing a meeting with the organising committee. Also present was Troy Yaw, one of the organising chairmen (BIYC for Miri side).
Among the participants are teams from New Zealand, United State of America, Switzerland, Great Britain, The Philipines and Malaysia. Closing date for interested teams to submit their names is end of June. Prize presentation of the event will be held on July 23 in Kota Kinabalu.
[Readers should remember that Borneo is known as 'The Land Below the Wind' for a good reason. There are no typhoons down there, but there's not much else either. When the story (above) talks about 'teams' what it actually means is 'cruisers passing through'. This is a cruising rally, not a racing regatta. There are inducements for 'teams' to enter - free marina berths and air conditioned hotel rooms, and cash. The only beverages at official functions are flat coca cola and warm orange squash. Just thought you needed to know... Guy Nowell, Editor, Sail-World Asia].
(Source: Borneo Post, May 21, 2011, Saturday By Margaret Ringgit)