What is the Monsoon Cup?
Monsoon Cup was first initiated by the Malaysian Prime Minister, Dato Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi during his fishing trip in Terengganu with the state Chief Minister Dato Seri Idris Jusoh and state EXCO Dato' Wan Hisham. The Prime Minister thought the monsoon season should be used as an advantage to the state and her people rather than being seen as a hurdle.(Monsoon season last a few months a year in Terengganu mainly between November and January where the fisherman cant go out fishing due to strong waves.)This idea was then brought forward by the state government where later Dato Wan Hisham became the main organiser under T-Best Event which is a company owned by the state to run the event annually.
The Monsoon Cup 2005 celebrated its inauguration and debut as the 50th official event of the Swedish Match Tour (http://www.swedishmatchtour.com/), and serves as the Malaysian leg for the prestigious international sailing event. Dubbed �The Formula One of Sailing�, this professional sailing series was formed in 2000 to unite the world�s best match-race regattas under one banner. The Swedish Match Tour comprises nine events in nine specially selected locations around the world. As the leading professional sailing series in the world, the Tour events are recognized as must-attend regattas on the match-race circuit. The Monsoon Cup 2005 was held at Pulau Duyong, Terengganu, from 29 November to 4 December 2005. The Monsoon Cup for the 2006 now offers the highest prize money in the world (RM1 million) for a match racing event with the sponsorship of Mr Richard Mille of Richard Mille Watches. Richard Mille will also be the official time keeper for the event. The Monsoon Cup 2007 will be held at Pulau Duyong, Terengganu, from the 28 November to 2 December 2006.
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|Monsoon Cup - No windfall for locals|
|Muda Mohd Nor | Sep 27, 06 6:12pm malaysiakini |
The Monsoon Cup failed to bring any substantial economic winds of change for the inhabitants of the two Pulau Duyong islands in Terengganu.
Monsoon Cup draws the big names
New Straits Times
Edition: New Sunday Times
KUALA TERENGGANU, Sat. -
The Monsoon Cup will see reigning two- time ISAF
women's world match-racing champion, several America's Cup sailors and international film stars rub shoulders here from Nov 29 to Dec 4. While Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan and Malaysia's "Bond Girl" Datuk Michelle Yeoh are just expected to catch the breeze here, it will be tough competition for the others at the Monsoon Cup, which is part of the famous Swedish Match Tour series. Women's world champion Sally Barkow will be battling a fleet of America's Cup class sailors, such as New Zealanders Dean Barker .
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Monsoon Cup photo gallery by jason Chue
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Malaysia. Last minute preparations but everything ready for Monsoon Cup
Wednesday, 29 November 2006
The paint is still drying and with the bitumen driveway completed this morning, the stage is know set for the 2nd Monsoon Cup and Event 6 on the 2006-’07 World Tour to begin. The marina has been extended, two new buildings have been constructed were the marquee's were last year to house the enormous media corps that this event attracts and display the sponsors products and the all important food and beverage outlets to feed everyone.The megayachts of Al khaliq and Asean Lady have arrived to spectate and even event organiser Dato Patrick Lim is a hands on type of guy that was seen helping to put the finishing touches inside the building. One thing for sure is that the event will live up to its name - the NE Monsoon has arrived and intermittent storms, flat calms and variable winds have all been experienced at some time throughout the day.please refer to:-
BERITADARIGUNUNG: Monsoon Cup got nothing to do with Idris's fall.