Riders scoot into Sarawak

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  • Sunday, 22 Jun 2003

KUCHING: Four men on water scooters, who are riding a 2,409km journey across the South China Sea, have conquered the odds and arrived at the scenic Damai Beach in the Santubong peninsula here from Pulau Murni after completing the eighth leg. 

Due to technical problems during the sixth leg from Johor Baru to Pulau Acaster in Indonesia, they arrived at the Damai beach resort about 3pm yesterday, one day behind schedule. 

Alex Chai, Simon Low, both 35, Rosli Bagat and Nazar Omar, both 38, were accompanied by a fleet of local water scooter riders as they arrived here to a rousing welcome. 

The Pulau Muri-Kuching leg covered 197.1km. 

Team Malaysia X 2000 Challenge manager Bruce Chai said the team took 10 hours longer to arrive at their first stop across the unpredictable South China Sea after taking off from Johor Baru on June 18. 

“Out in the open sea, the riders had to bear with the heat from the sun besides battling against waves of up to 3m high,” he added. 

MADE IT: (from left) Alex Chai, Rosli, Low and Nazar feeling jubilant after arriving at the Santubong Beach near Kuching Saturday. Tomorrow they will proceed to Mukah, Miri, and then Kota Kinabalu, their last point.

He said a vessel carrying fuel for the scooters from Pulau Acaster to Pulau Muri faced technical problems and this had delayed their arrival. 

”The riders had an unforgettable experience at the remote and uninhabited island Pulau Acaster where they stayed overnight. Their campsite was visited by huge rats and monitor lizards,” said Chai, who is in constant contact with the riders through satellite phones from here. 

Chai said the riders, who were tired, would take a day off today before continuing another 250.6km along the Sarawak coast to Mukah in central Sarawak. They will then head to Miri before proceeding to Labuan.  

The riders were earlier scheduled to reach Sabah, their last destination, on June 27.  

They are eyeing a place in the Malaysia Book of Records, besides targeting to raise RM1mil for children with special needs.  

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