Enter the Eveline
Joining the crew of Eveline in the final leg of the passage race from Penang to Langkawi was certainly and experience to saviour
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Timing is essential in sailing, and the fact was strengthened when the crew from Eveline showed up just as Hi-Fi’s lunch made their way to the table, excusing myself after a brief chit chat with the skipper of the leaders and defending champions of the RMSIR’09, I left Neil Pryde and his merry men and joined my new crew colleagues.
Saying Eveline is a classic sailing yacht is truely an understatement. It still holds many design qualities synonym with the other yachts built in its time; 99 years ago.
In 1910, the Eveline was created somewhere in Shanghai. During World War II, to avoid it from being bombed from the Japanese, the owner at the time scuttled (an act of sinking the ship intentionally) the Eveline to the bottom of the sea in Singapore. The Eveline was later resurfaced after the war.
It currently is owned by Dato’ Richard Curtis, but unfortunately, Dato' Richard skipped this leg of the race, but will be back for the final race in Langkawi.
Taking over the helm was Captain Trevor, a soft spoken person with the tendency to teach rather than tell, and to discuss rather than dictate which makes it much better for those with no sailing experience such as myself.
The other crew members of the Eveline include Mazlan Shariff, a slight built Malaysian with plenty of experience, Jothi, a half Malaysian half French who’s a marine biologist and also a former physicist and Badrul, a well build Malay acting as the navigator for this leg of the race.
The other guests on board were Mr. Michael, Ms. Guat Lee, and Ms. Irene Yong. Aubrey Mennesson, the son in law to the His Royal Highness the Sultan of Selangor and I made it a total of nine souls on board.