10th KFC International Regatta Perdana Langkawi, MALAYSIA

Sunday, 27 January 2013


The 10th KFC Langkawi International Regatta Perdana had its closing day today. For hosts Malaysia this was another successful event, gathering this year more than 200 athletes from the South East Asian region, as well as from around the world. Only two races were scheduled for each category, and this gave everyone the chance to more comfortably prepare their boats for the journey back.

Not least because of the ideal sailing conditions these past four days, athletes and spectators will be missing the time they spent in wonderful Langkawi. All this would not be possible without the extensive support of KFC; sponsors not only of this event, but a further twelve, held across Malaysia. KFC has been instrumental in the development of the sailing in this region and shows the right way to other corporations who wish to invest in the future of the sport.

As for the races completed, the medium winds, despite the intense heat, favored strong competition. Under the glorious sun, this final day of the International Regatta had several highlights. Among them the many close fights of the BIC Techno races, and the battle between local hero Ali Imran and India’s Aryaman Dutta in the Optimist class races. The level of skill and techniques attained by these young athletes in order to take advantage of the wind shifts when racing in events like this one is quite remarkable. When a Regatta of such a large scale and level of participation comes to an end, it is the time for athletes and their coaches to reflect upon the good as well as the bad aspects of their performance, and get better prepared for future events. Meanwhile, the hosts had every reason to be satisfied with how the event unfolded: nearly all races were completed as planned, in close to ideal conditions...

And it would not be the perfect sailing event here in Malaysia, without an exceptional closing ceremony in late afternoon, where the winners of the numerous categories competing would receive their trophies. But it was so much more: a number of shows and entertainment events were put together by the organizers for the benefit of the visiting athletes. After four exhausting days of racing, the winners saw their hard efforts rewarded, surrounded by an enthusiastic crowd of sailing fans as well as their fellow athletes. Everybody’s already looking forward to next year’s Regatta…

Michalis Pateniotis 

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 January 2013 )