Suitable for all ages (including families) and genders, this is a fun-filled sailing event that offers both friendly competition and a great way to get into sailing in Malaysia!
Peninsular Sailing Club Selangor (PSCS) is delighted to announce the dates and venue of the Malaysian Squib National Championship to be held on May 27-29, 2022 in Pulau Indah.
PSCS are fortunate indeed to have been able to secure the support of Phuket-based Simon James as the event’s Race Officer. Very well-known in sailing circles here in Malaysia, Simon is the most respected Race Officer in Asia and oversees the Royal Langkawi International Regatta, as well as other major events including Phuket Race Week. His presence will ensure fair but friendly racing for all competitors.
Pulau Indah’s clean water and wide rivers provide the perfect backdrop to the event. The majority of the racing program will take place in front of or in sight of the clubhouse, providing spectators with an excellent view, whilst the long-distance races will take competitors out into the open waters and challenging tides of the Malacca Straits.
Competitors can expect three days of well-organised, competitive One Design Racing with light but steady winds and an interesting social program.
PSCS was founded in 2016 and is based at the Malaysian Marine Department-owned Pulau Indah Marina, in the coastal area of Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia. The Club is conveniently located near Port Klang on the west coast of Malaysia, on a peninsular midway along the Malacca Straits. A dedicated sailing club, PSCS is the vision of five like-minded individuals, each a yacht owner with a passion for sailing.
PSCS is proudly the type of Sailing Club created for sailors by sailors, dedicated to sailing and developing the future generations of sailors in Malaysia.
The UK National Squib class comprising some 900 boats has become an important part of the sailing club’s fleet. PSCS Commodore Jeremy Camps began to build the fleet in 2016 and has now imported 14 boats, from the UK to participate in the regatta.
The boats are sourced from all over the country, including boats from Burnham on Crouch, Waldringfield, Weymouth and Medway, they are shipped to Malaysia in pairs in a 40 x 40 foot container, complete with road trailers, sails, and spars! Those which are in a state of disrepair are refurbished by local shipwrights.
PSCS now has a recognised Squib fleet of more than 14 boats, sailed every Sunday throughout the year by PSC’s 45 members, who range from sailing novices to highly competent ocean racers. The Squibs have been fundamental in bringing new sailors onto the water and are the perfect boat for training beginners and old hands alike.
About the National Squib
The Squib, a 19-ft keelboat, has been described as “a lovely little yacht,” but when being sailed competitively has performance characteristics more akin to a racing dinghy.
One of the main strengths of the one design Squib is that a properly prepared boat – either a new one or a boat originally up to 40 years old – can be sailed competitively in the national fleet for 10 or even 20 years, thus making the best of any initial investment. It is not necessary to change boats regularly to be competitive.
The first fleet was formed at the Royal Corinthian YC in Burnham, where the first 150 or so boats were built by Oliver Lee (up to 157 Cheque Mate). Soon Squib fleets were established elsewhere on the East Coast, at Waldringfield and Aldeburgh, and also spread to the South and South West Coasts including Brixham, and to Wales at Abersoch and Anglesey.
The total number of boats produced now approaches 900, of which two-thirds are registered with the association. They are raced on the east, south, southwest, and northeast coasts of England, as well as in Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, in nearly 30 fleets. Several clubs have between 20 -30 registered boats each.
PSCS are the only recognised National Squib fleet outside the UK and Ireland.
To learn more, visit www.peninsularsailingclub.com.
All images courtesy of Peninsular Sailing Club Selangor.
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