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SAILING / YACHTING / BOATING
General Info
 
 

SAILING / YACHTING / BOATING IN MALAYSIA

There are a growing number of marinas and yacht clubs throughout Malaysia where it's possible to tighten the main sail, tug on a halyard, hoist a spinnaker and let the tropical breezes take you to new and exciting destinations.

 

Datuk Azhar Mansor, a Malaysian sailor captured media attention with his solo round-the-world yachting exploits.  His achievements provided a big boost to Malaysian sailing and now recreational sailing is expending, affordable and a wonderful way for visitors to discover Malaysia's islands and extensive coastline. There is no other Asian country that offers so much variety for holidaymakers as Malaysia.  It is culturally diverse, has a rich heritage and is home to unique natural environments that provide a colourful backdrop for exciting sailing holidays.

 

These days, the beaches, islands, coastal estuaries and seas are where Malaysians and tourists relax, recreate and participate in various sea sports. Snorkeling, diving, lazing on sandy beaches and exploring mangroves are just some of the many tourist activities available to yachters and boaters. There are many places to hire powerboats and luxury cruisers for making discoveries in style. 

 

For those who like to sail the open waters for several days, cruise liners pull into several Malaysian ports and islands.  Many coastal resorts hire small sailing boats and this is where many discover the joys of sailing. Several major sailing events highlight Malaysia as an exciting boating destination. These include the Raja Muda International Regatta, The Asean Regatta, the Royal Langkawi International Regatta and the newest is Monsoon Cup at Pulau Duyong, Terengganu (East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia).

 

 

All marinas and yacht clubs offer a venue for those with an adventurous spirit to join with like-minded mariners in facing the challenges presented by the elements.  For others, the clubhouse is a place for relaxing and recreation. Being surrounded by water means that yachters and boaters can go sightseeing around Malaysia's many coastal attractions. Langkawi is a great place to start a sailing holiday as the waters of the Andaman Sea are superb, the sailing infrastructure is excellent and it is a resort island with abundant attractions.  Alternatively, there are many East Coast islands where safe anchorages are assured and along the busier West Coast the main ports of call include Port Dickson, Port Klang, Lumut, Penang and Langkawi.  East Malaysia offers more adventurous sailing with excellent marina facilities at Kota Kinabalu's Sutera Harbour.  Some sailors arrive on the east coast of the island of Borneo and then make their way from Tawau to Sandakan, Kudat, Kota Kinabalu, Labuan Island and then to various ports along the Sarawak coast before heading westward to Peninsular Malaysia.

 
 
ARRIVING IN MALAYSIA
 

Visiting yachters need to check in at each new port the officials are welcoming.  English is understood by most and where the paperwork is straightforward. The Immigration, marine, Customs and health Departments (the latter if quarantine procedures are required) and Harbour Master must be visited upon arrival in Malaysia. Offices are mostly located close together near to the commercial port and many marinas and clubs will assist with the formalities. Yachters need to produce crew passports, original boat registration certificate, boat stamp (if any) and port clearance papers from the last port of call. It should be note that the possession of firearms and drugs are serious offences in Malaysia. Major ports like Penang, Tanjung Pelepas (Johor), Klang and Langkawi remain open 24 hours a day.

 

Sarawak and Sabah have their own procedures and these must be followed when entering or leaving these states.  As most coastal Malaysian water are fished, yachters need to be careful of fish farms, small fishing boats and nets across narrow inlets.  Access to some areas may be restricted for security reasons.  One such area is the Layang Layang group of islands off Sabah's west coast.  For some of the remote Malaysian waters, yachters are advised to lodge a passage plan with the authorities and to sail with other boats if possible.

 
 
 

HISTORICAL LINKS

"Malacca was the richest seas port with the greatest number of wholesale merchants and abundance of shipping found in the whole world".

Duarte Barbosa, 15th century Portuguese historian

 

Being strategically located, the land now known as Malaysia has had a long history of maritime trade.  Arab dhows, Chinese junks and local fishing folk (known in some parts as Orang Laut, or people of the sea), traded across these waters for centuries well before European colonial influence. The historic settlements of Malacca (Melaka) and Penang were once two of the world's principal trading ports, for spices and produce from the lowland rainforests, the mountainous interior and coastal waters. Malacca was where vessels often had to wait months for favourable winds to arrive before setting sail to their next port. Trade winds influenced ship movements from east to west and vice versa. Malaysia has strong tradition of boat building especially on Pangkor Island, on Duyong Island in Kuala Terengganu and in parts of East Malaysia.

 

 

From a country surrounded by water it is surprising that yachting as a sport, only dates back to 1927 when the Royal Port Dickson Club opened.  Today, increasing numbers of Malaysians are attracted to boating for recreation and sports. While visiting, yachters can experience many maritime traditions, modern marinas are where most will moor.  While each marina offers something different, they all have features such as safe moorings, basic services, security, chandlers and most importantly, a venue to socialize with other yachters.

 
 

ASIAN SAILING

 

Malaysia is situated between one and seven degrees north of the Equator and enjoys mostly balmy, year-round weather.  The wet northeast monsoon blows from November to March, along the East Coast of the peninsula as well as Sarawak and Sabah.  Even during this period, there are periods of fine weather and smooth seas.  The southwest monsoon blows from April to October.  Generally, westbound yachters travel during the northwest monsoon and those travelling east, during the southwest.  Malaysia is no longer a place for yachters to pass by; it is at the crosswinds of Asian sailing.  Historically it has been at the centre of regional maritime trade and this continues today.

 

 

The Straits of Malacca on the West Coast is the main route taken by yachters traveling from Australia to Thailand, Africa and Europe. The East Coast is much quieter with many islands offering excellent places to moor, relax, scuba dive and stock up on essential requirements. The main ports here are Mersing, Kuantan, Kuala Dungun, Marang, Kuala Terengganu while the enchanting islands of Tioman, Perhentian, Redang and Kapas also provide basic services. East Malaysia becoming increasingly popular for yachting and as stopover for boaters from distant shores. Those arriving in Sabah from the east can sail westward around the coast stopping at exciting destinations before continuing towards Peninsular Malaysia.

 
 

YACHT CHARTER

Yachters are always welcome in Malaysia waters, Marinas and clubs. There are few formalities and clubhouses have a relaxed atmosphere. Most clubs and marinas are membership clubs and visitors need to be introduced although the rules are flexible. Visitors should call ahead to confirm.

 

Sailing as a recreational Sport is just developing in Malaysia and training plays all important role in many yacht clubs. The Malaysian Yachting Association (MYA) is responsible for overseeing training programmes. Many clubs and marinas have small boats for training and most conduct youth programmes.

 
 
 
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SAILING / YACHTING / BOATING