Around The World Voyage : Commentary : Leg 2

February 11, 2002

As we continue on our course, I am still reminiscent of my days here. It's unfortunate in this climate that so many are fearful of traveling these waters. It has so much beauty and culture to offer. One of my favorite places to be was Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, or KL as it is referred to locally. It's an exciting city with beautiful Victorian architecture, from the English Colonial days - and now also with modern styles of a country full of growth and money that the last 20 years have brought to Pacific rim countries.

One arrives at the bustling port city of Port Klang and finds the Royal Selangor Yacht Club, a friendly and nice place to stay. Yes, that Selangor is the well-known pewter area (another great place to see.) As I neared the RSYC, I kept hearing of a race called the "Raja Muda Cup". A four-day race up the Malay Peninsula to Lankawi with stops every night and a hosted dinner - very gentile for racing. It was designed as a feeder race to the Kings Cup in Phuket (Thailand). The Raja Muda is the title given to the son of the Sultan. I think there are eleven in Malaysia. (An aside, this Raja Muda went to school in the San Francisco area and married a girl from Marin county.) One Saturday before the race, while having a cold beer at the yacht club, there was a lot of noise coming from the parking lot. Surprisingly, there were a dozen Harleys, with police escort; it was the Raja Muda and all his buddies out cruising. The race up the coast was fun, and who did I meet? Mason Williams and his family going around the world on his (P.A.E.-built) Mason 53. I got to know them well when at the Trophy Dinner in Lankawi.

These are just some of the things to do while cruising in Southeast Asia. It's an area of the world I consider very safe, having cruised these waters two decades ago…and today.


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