Sunday, 13 November 2011

Tiger Celebrates The 22nd Raja Muda International Regatta in Style

With the impending start of the annual Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta (RMSIR), Tiger Beer has kicked off events with a celebration of all things sailing with an impressive nautical-themed Tiger party.

The Royal Selangor Yacht Club
The festivities started at the Royal Selangor Yacht Club, which is the site of the launch of the premier offshore passage race in Malaysia.  Following on from the successful partnership forged between the Regatta and Tiger, the Tiger Challenge Trophy was officially presented by Tiger to the Regatta at an unveiling ceremony during the celebrations. 

The prestigious Tiger International Challenge Cup eagerly awaits the winner of the “Best Offshore Passage Race Performance” category

The unique feature of the Tiger Challenge Trophy is that for the first time, all IRC yachts regardless of their classes will compete for one distinctive trophy. The Tiger Challenge Trophy will be awarded to the IRC boat and skipper with the best offshore passage race performance, based on the lowest points score. The offshore passage races are run from throughout the Regatta passage; Port Klang to Pangkor, Pangkor to Penang and lastly, Penang to Langkawi, which is the last stop for the Regatta.

Elliott, Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta Director, kicking off the Tiger sponsorship for the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta (RMSIR) 2011 Celebration Party

Sean Koh, Marketing Manager of Tiger, is especially pleased with the new category:

“Here at Tiger Beer, we have always believed that determination and passion are the fundamental cornerstones to launch any bid for glory, and so we are extremely proud to be presenting the winners of the new “Best Offshore Passage Race Performance” category with the Tiger Challenge Trophy.  In an event that embraces so many different sizes and types of boats, To be able to honour the overall outstanding achievement of the Tiger Challenge winner regardless of class, gives us great pleasure.”

Sean Koh, Marketing Manager of Tiger toasting to the audience with an ice cold Tiger beer after his officiation speech

He further declared: “Tiger is passionate about supporting any sporting occasion that provides winning moments, whether they be on land or sea. The RMSIR gives us the opportunity to broaden your horizons and explore new ways to go further and enrich your life.  We wish every single participant good luck and fair wind, as the Tiger Challenge Trophy is there to be claimed and open to all, just like Tiger!”

Sean Koh (right), Marketing Manager of Tiger, presenting the Tiger International Challenge Cup to be awarded for the “Best Offshore Passage Race Performance” to Dato Alex Nah (left), Commodore of the Royal Selangor Yacht Club 

(L-R) Jeff Harris, Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta Sailing Secretary, Malcolm Elliott, Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta Director, and Sean Koh (郭进顺), Marketing Manager of Tiger, raise a toast to celebrate the 2nd annual partnership between Tiger and the RMSIR.

A video slideshow session about Raja  Muda Selangor International Regatta

Members of the media get a chance to enjoy the distinctively refreshing Tiger Crystal, the limited edition variant of Tiger beer, which is only available during the year-end festive season

 Also on hand for the second year running is the arresting sight of Captain Shane Granger, owner and master of the Historic Sailing Vessel VEGA, which was docked during the event just off-shore. The magnificent vessel and crew is to transport press and public relations personnel and VEGA will be present during all races.  Built in 1892-93, for over 100 years VEGA carried cargos of bricks, building stone, pig iron, and cement through some of the world’s roughest seas. Rugged enough for the North Sea and certified for Arctic trade, VEGA was famous for her strength and ability to carry loads other boats her size could not.

Historic sailing vessel Vega, will be travelling the entire route of the Tiger sponsored RMSIR 2011, and will provide the perfect vantage point for spectators to catch the action from
 Currently embarked on a career of missions of mercy, carrying cargos of donated medical and educational supplies on the South East monsoon to isolated island communities in East Timor and Indonesia, Vega visits Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand gathering donated supplies.  With the fine sails rigged, the vessel will make a grand sight as Vega oversees the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta from start to finish.

Shane Granger (centre), Captain and owner of historic sailing vessel, Vega, enthralling guests with tales of the high seas as they drink ice-cold Tiger beer
 One of Asia’s most distinguished Regattas, the RMSIR takes place over 240km consisting of three overnight passage races. Besides awarding the Trophy for the best IRC passage race performance, Tiger is also the official title sponsor for RMSIR and will be involved throughout the race’s duration, including sponsoring the rickshaw racing in Penang.

Captain Shane Granger and his assistant

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