PULAU DUYONG, 30 November 2012 : Jeremy Koo (KFC Malaysia/KRT) proved he was too good for the rest when he defeated Hazwan Hazim in the finals of the Malaysian Match Racing Circuit (MMRC) Final Stage – Pulau Duyong, Terengganu held at the Ri-Yaz Heritage Marina Resort & Spa. Hazwan, who was undefeated up to this point, had to settle for second place.
“This is absolutely the best outcome we could have hoped for, winning the fourth stage, as well as qualifying for the Monsoon Cup. We sailed the best we could in the light wind conditions, the team did a great job,” said Jeremy who received RM8,000 cash prize money sponsored by the State Government of Terengganu.
“Hazwan and his team did an outstanding job the entire regatta. Their crew-work and reading of the weather conditions were spot-on. He really surprised me with his pre-start strategies and that is why we lost the first match,” commented Jeremy.
“Although we didn’t win, I am very proud of my team. Our teamwork has definitely improved thru-out the circuit and we are glad for our sponsors Permai Inn who have greatly contributed in achieving this win,” said Hazwan who takes home RM5,000 cash prize money.
It was a consecutive third warm and sunny day in Pulau Duyong as the final day of the MMRC began. Due to the lack of winds early in the day, the Race Committee, led by retired Navy officer Abu Bakar Mahideen decided that the finals would be a best of three races sailed in the basin of Pulau Duyong.
The first match was a toughly fought battle with Hazwan scoring the first win by a mere 22 seconds. Jeremy quick to return the favour, beating Hazwan by 1.28 seconds and both teams were point to point. Jeremy came back with a great start in the third match allowing his a good lead, which he maintained coming downwind. Although Hazwan gained some grounds coming downwind, it was a little too late as Jeremy crossed the finish line ahead of Hazwan by 15 seconds.
“We had no pressure sailing today as we had already qualified for the Monsoon Cup yesterday. Getting into the Monsoon Cup is our main aim and we have achieved that. Today was a bonus,” added Jeremy.
Meanwhile, it was an all Navy showdown in the petit finals with Harisfabillah Muhammad (Royal Malaysian Navy Match Racing Team 2) and Masyuri Rahmat (Royal Malaysian Navy Match Racing Team 1). Although a relative newcomer to match racing, Harisfabillah proved to be a tough challenge for Masyuri. In the end, luck was on Harisfabillah’s side as he claimed third place and the prize money of RM 2,000.
Jeremy Koo will make his third appearance at the Monsoon Cup, taking place on 3-8 December, joining Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team, Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar, Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing, Dato’ Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing, Pierre Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team, Laurie Jury (NZL) KiwiMatch, Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing, Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team, Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One, Adam Minoprio (NZL) Alpari Racing Team and David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour.
The Malaysian Match Racing Circuit, which is endorsed by the International Sailing Federation), Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT) and Malaysian Yachting Association (MYA) saw the staging of four events in the 2012 season, beginning with Stage One in Lumut, Perak on 11-13 May, Stage Two in Pulau Indah, Selangor on 29 Jun – 1 July, Stage Three in Tg.Leman, Mersing, Johor on 28-30 September and the Final Stage in Pulau Duyong, Terengganu on 28-30 November 2012.
The one team with the highest points will be declared the Champion of the MMRC and will get the opportunity to represent Malaysia in the season ending finale of the AWMRT, the Monsoon Cup in Terengganu on 3-8 December 2012.
Monsoon Cup action will be broadcast live on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th December at 1600-1700 local time on RTM1. The live stream will be available online from 4th to 8th December. Follow it live at http://www.wmrt.com/live.html.
MMRC Final Stage-Pulau Duyong : Final Standings
1. Jeremy Koo (KFC Malaysia/KRT)
2. Hazwan Hazim (Permai Hotel Match Racing Team)
3. Harisfabillah Muhammad (RMNMRT2)
4. Masyuri Rahmat (RMNMRT1)
5. Nurul Ain Md.Isa (Ri-Yaz Heritage Sailing Team)
6. Mohd Saifullah Mohd Esa (Terengganu Sailing Team)