KUALA TERENGGANU – Wildcard entry, Red Dot of Singapore swept all aside to emerge champion of the 2014 Terengganu Monsoon Cup in Pulau Duyong yesterday and booked a slot to the Malaysia Monsoon Cup to be held at Danga Bay in Johor in February next year.
Skipper, Maximillian Soh, who was Asian Games gold medallist in Sept this year, defeated Match The World team helmed by Frenchman Arthur Herreman 2-0 in the final this evening.
With the win, Soh and his four teammates took home US$10,000 (RM33,500) and a championship trophy which was presented by State Industry and Trade Committee chairman Datuk Tengku Putera Tengku Awang.
Also present were Youth and Sports Ministry deputy secretary-general Datuk Azhar Mohamad Isa, State Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Jidin Shafee and State Legislative Assembly Speaker Datuk Mohd Zubir Embong.
The Match of The World team had to be contented with the second prize of US$8,000 (RM26,800) while Redline Racing of Australia shocked favourites Neptune Racing under skipper Sam Gilmour to take the third prize of US$5,000 (RM16,750).
Speaking to reporters after the victory on his debut, Soh, 26, attributed the success to his crew members.
“We knew we needed to win all remaining matches, so we pushed hard and made it through. We were elated when we beat Sam Gilmour, who is the favourite. It capped a good year indeed for me after winning the Asian Games and now this, as a wildcard entry,” he said.
Meanwhile, two local teams, Sime Darby Foundation headed by Jeremy Koo and 1Malaysia Match Racing under Hazwan Dermawan were placed fifth and seventh out of eight teams contesting.
The Monsoon Cup international sailing championship was revised this year with the first stage being the Terengganu Monsoon Cup in Pulau Duyong which ended today and the second stage known as Malaysian Monsoon Cup in Johor from Feb 10 to 14 next year.
Malaysia is one of the seven destinations under the Alpari Racing Match World Tour (AWMRT), at two venues namely Terengganu and Johor. – Bernama