Jeremy confident to nick a win in Monsoon Cup


PETALING JAYA: Jeremy Koo is confident he can finally win a race in the Monsoon Cup.

The experienced 33-year-old Jeremy is set to make his fifth consecutive appearance in the prestigious Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT) in Pulau Duyong, Kuala Terengganu from Nov 25-29. It’s the Tour’s eighth and final stop of the season.

Jeremy is in buoyant mood after emerging overall champion in the 2014 Liga Layar Malaysia (LLM) last weekend. The six-leg circuit ended in Port Dickson last Sunday with Sime Darby Foundation/Koo Racing Team topping the final standings with a total of 46 points – five ahead of arch-rivals Mohd Masyuri Rahmat’s RMNMRT/151(ONESAILS) Racing Team.

Jeremy has skippered his team to four victories thus far – in Langkawi (February), Lumut (April), Pulau Indah, Klang (June) and Putrajaya (August) – and two runner-up finishes in Port Dickson twice (September and October).

Jeremy also has another reason for wanting to a win a race in the Monsoon Cup. His sister Tiffany was the last national sailor to have won a race, leading Selangor Gapurna to beat Team China in 2006.

“I was part of the crew when my sister skippered our team to Malaysia’s first-ever win in the Monsoon Cup,” said Jeremy.

“But the World Tour sailors are full-time pros ... there’s a huge gulf in terms of standard between us and them. It’s really difficult to beat them.

“I’ve competed since 2010 and, in the past four years, I have not scored a single win. That’s 0-11 (11 defeats in 11 races) every season.

“This year, with the backing of Sime Darby Foundation, I hope to finally end the drought.”