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Borneo International Yachting Challenge 2007 To Lure 30 Teams

Borneo International Yachting Challenge

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).


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Alicia Nolan is the managing editor of YV&C - International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine. She has been a sports fishing and charter fan since early ages. Alicia authored a number of charter stories for YV&C, including several sports fishing articles. She lives in New Jersey and Fort Lauderdale and can be reached at alicia(at)sys-con.com.

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