KUALA TERENGGANU: Overnight leader Nurul Ain Md Isa, the sole women skipper in the Malaysian Match Racing Championships, which double up as the Malaysian qualifiers for the Monsoon Cup, continued to keep her male counterparts at bay on the second day of competition at Pulau Duyong here yesterday.
The SEA Games medallist in the 420 Class, who helms the Perak team comprising an all-male crew, remained unbeaten in four races thus far and added four points to the three collected on Monday.
The Razman Mat Ali-skippered KFC-Malaysian Yachting Association moved into second place on five points followed by Abdul Rahim Mohd Zan’s Johor and Mohamad Razali Mansor’s Navy I, who are tied on four points.
The completion of the races yesterday saw the top four placed teams advance to the semi-finals, which will be held today while the other four teams were eliminated.
Nurul Ain said attributed the success of her team thus far to making the correct split-second decisions and good teamwork over the past two days.
“The slow wind conditions today was also a big help to us as we are using a lighter boat compared with the others. Tomorrow will be an important day and we need to continue working very hard as a team,” she said.
Her crew-members are Hazwan Hazim Dermawan, Muhammad Saifullah Ali, Syed Ahmad Ayahmi Syed Ahmad Hilmi and Muhamad Izzad Samdin.
The winner of the Malaysian qualifiers will represent the country in the Monsoon Cup, which will be held at the same venue from Dec 3-7. — Bernama