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Sailing ashore for some fun


Participants competing for the finish line during the rickshaw race at Straits Quay in Tanjung Tokong. — LIM BENG TATT/The Star

Participants competing for the finish line during the rickshaw race at Straits Quay in Tanjung Tokong. — LIM BENG TATT/The Star

HARD work paid off for Trystan Seal and his teammate Ben Piggott when they managed to bag the first place for the rickshaw race held at Straits Quay in Tanjung Tokong, Penang.

Piggott, 23, who was chauffeured by Seal during the race, said they had been training five days a week at the gym, with four days committed to running just for the race.

“It’s not so hard for me as I am just sitting down throughout the race,” he said.

Seal, 26, on the other hand, said the hardest part about the race was not the running, but the first few moments of takeoff.

(From right) Seal and Piggott are all smiles after winning the rickshaw race at Straits Quay in Tanjung Tokong.
(From right) Seal and Piggott are all smiles after winning the rickshaw race at Straits Quay in Tanjung Tokong.

“It’s hard to get the rickshaw going at first with the weight on it, but eventually you move quick enough and it’ll fly like breeze.

“But we have also trained for about six months for the regatta, so it made things easier for us,” Seal said.

The pair who named themselves the Scallywag, were all smiles when receiving their prize — a bottle of rum and a pewter mug.

Seal and Piggott, from Wales, were among the 10 teams in the rickshaw race organised by the Royal Selangor Yacht Club which was part of the 29th Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta (RMSIR).

Team Esperanza members Florian Zeh, 51, (front) and Rudolf Buchsteiner, 53, from Austria making a run for the finish line.

The race held recently saw 10 teams of two sailors each participating after each member in a team downed a pint of beer.

RMSIR organising chairman Jeff Harris said the race was a social gathering and a friendly competition in line with the regatta.

^ Team Esperanza members Florian Zeh, 51, (front) and Rudolf Buchsteiner, 53, from Austria making a run for the finish line.
Team Scallywag (in grey) and Team Esperanza (red ) taking off at the starting line at the final rickshaw race at Straits Quay in Tanjung Tokong.

“On most days, the teams will all be out at the sea so it’s hard for them to meet and have a chat.

“However, this race allows them time to socialise with one another and to loosen up amidst the ongoing yacht race,” Harris said.

The teams were part of 26 teams of competing sailors for the 29th RMSIR held from Nov 17 to 24 across Penang, Kedah and Selangor.

   

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