Saturday January 7, 2012
Sailing team gets a Giant boost
GCH Retail (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, the owner of the Giant hypermarket and retail chain in Malaysia, is continuing its partnership with the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club (RLYC) by supporting and coming on board as a silver sponsor for the Royal Langkawi International Regatta (RLIR) 2012.
With its entry into the 10th edition of RLIR 2012, Giant continues to prove its commitment to the regatta and play a key role in aligning to its overall corporate values.
The RLIR 2012, which is scheduled to take place from Jan 9 to 14 in Kuah, Langkawi, is organised by the RLYC and sanctioned by the Malaysian Yachting Association (MYA), a member of the National Sports Council and the Youth and Sports Ministry.
The RLIR 2012 is the 10th regatta to be held since its inception in 2003 and it has attracted regular competitors from around the globe.
Sailors and participants from Australia, Hong Kong, Holland, Britain, the US, Singapore, Thailand, China, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, New Zealand, France, Belgium, South Korea and Malaysia have registered for the event.
“This is truly one of the most popular international sailing events in the region, and Giant is proud to be part of this effort to foster good sportsmanship among the world’s best sailors and sailing communities, which will take place in Langkawi,” said Dairy Farm Inter-national regional director East Asia Datuk John Coyle.
Coyle and Giant’s non-executive chairman, Datuk Mohamad Salim Fateh Din presented the sponsorship cheque to RLYC vice-commodore Datuk Seri DiRaja Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz at a cheque presentation ceremony held in Subang Jaya recently.
Also present was the Rear Commodore of RLYC and chairperson of the Regatta advisory committee Tunku Soraya Dakhlah Tunku Tan Sri Abdullah.
“The sponsorship will play a vital role in ensuring the success of this premier sailing event in the region. We believe that the regatta has an incredible potential to attract more local and foreign tourists alike to the island, given its reputable name and standing in the sailing community.
“Consequently, this creates a platform for Langkawi to strengthen its position as one of the world’s most widely recognised islands and tourist destinations,” said Tunku Soraya.
Teams participating in the RLIR 2012 will compete for the Prime Minister’s Challenge Trophy (internationally registered yachts), the Commodore’s Challenge Cup (club-registered cruisers), LADA-IRC Challenge Trophy (IRC Class – boats issued with a sailing handicap), Langkawi Sports Trophy (Sports Boat Class) and the Malaysian Multihull Challenge Cup (Multihull).
For details, log on to www.langkawiregatta.com