More to sailing than having a boat


Sailing requires a good boat and a certain set of skills, but what’s really important is the camaraderie of the crew.

Sails, as far as the eye could see, stretched out on the gray horizon just off Straits Quay. It was a wet and drizzly morning in November last year, but for those competing in the Penang leg of the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta harbour race, the rain wasn’t a problem. It was the wind.

“Fairly violent thunderstorms can turn strategies inside out,” reveals Matt Humphries, sailing on the Antipodes, a 72ft boat crewed by 17 hands. “It tests our skills to the limit. Foresight and anticipation, if done right, create success.”

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