Borneo International Yachting Challenge 2007 To Lure 30 Teams
Borneo International Yachting Challenge
Apr. 10, 2015 11:00 AM
The Borneo International Yachting Challenge 2007 (BIYC)
scheduled for September, will have a 100-nautical mile
passage race from Labuan with 30 sailing teams.
Organizing joint chairman Lee Kim Shin said that teams had
so far confirmed their participation in the event, which will take place from
Sept 1 - Sept 8.
Nineteen of the teams are international participants. Among them eight boats
from Australia, three from
the United Kingdom and two
each from New Zealand and Canada.
"We are expecting a few more to take part, particularly from the Asian
region, as we have already extended our invitation to sailing teams in the Philippines, Singapore,
Thailand and Hong Kong as well," he said.
Two Malaysian yachting teams, Miri Magic and Sarawak Seahorse, have also
confirmed their participation in the race, he said, adding that the organizers
were seeking more participation from among Malaysian sailing teams.
The latest figure has already equaled the total number of teams which
participated in last year's race, and Lee said the anticipated increase in
participation this year reflected the race's growing popularity among the
sports sailing fraternity around the world.
The BIYC incorporates the Labuan Harbour Race on Sept 2, the Labuan
to Miri Passage Race on the following day (where the fastest boat is expected to
take about 20 hours to reach its destination) and the Miri Harbour Race on Sept 6 and 7.
He said the BIYC 2007 is also being endorsed as one of the tourism events for
this year by the Tourism Ministry, State Urban Development and Tourism Ministry
and the Sarawak Tourism Board (STB).
Hailed as the missing link for sailing events in the South China Sea region,
the BIYC would complete the sailing circuit made up of the Hong Kong to San
Fernando Sea Race in the Philippines,
President's Cup (Philippines)
and the Koh Samui International Regatta (Thailand).