Malaysian sailing goes up a notch with SSL Gold Cup participation

Working as a unit: Malaysia’s The Monsoon team in action during the test event for the SSL Gold Cup.

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian sailing is set to reach new heights with the participation of the national team in the inaugural SSL (Star Sailors League) Gold Cup, which is equivalent to football’s World Cup, next year.

The special event sanctioned by World Sailing (the International Federation of Sailing) is an international competition to decide the world’s best sailing nation.

Each nation will compete in a high performance 47-feet long one-design monohulls supplied by the organisers to ensure there is no equipment advantage.

The event will see the world’s top 56 ranked nations including Malaysia vying for the world title.

“The SSL Gold Cup is an international event that takes sailing to a new level and Malaysia is honoured to be part of this exciting initiative,” said Malaysia skipper cum manager Megat Danial Megat Najmuddin.

“This first test event recently gave us the chance to pit our skills against higher-ranked teams. We were pleasantly surprised with the results and look forward to the full-blown event next year.

“The team have been working well together and we will continue to strive to improve ourselves with further training and competitions such as the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta in December.”

In the test event last month, Malaysia got a podium finish at Lake Neuchatel in Grandson, Switzerland.

It was a tight race between Malaysia and Ukraine for third place but our crew managed to pip the Ukrainians to the finish line. South Africa emerged winners with Thailand coming in second.

The Malaysian team, also known as The Monsoon, are made up of the country’s top 11 sailors where only nine will compete at any one time.

The crew are Khairulnizam Mohd Affendy, Nur Shazrin Latif, Nuraisyah Jamil, Juni Karimah Jamali, Mohd Saifullah Mohd Esa, Ahmad Faizul Aswad Mohamed, Ahmad Hakhimi Ahmad Shukri, Mohd Faizal Norizan, Mohd Akiyuddin Mat Zaki, Mohd Azhar Sa’don Zubir and Megat Danial.

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