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TERENGGANU, EAST COAST, MALAYSIAN PENNINSULAR … 7TH TO 16TH JUNE 2009

Heritage Bay Marina, Terengganu, Malaysia …

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* A SMALL MARINA, BUT VERY MODERN. ATTACHED TO A NEW'ISH RESORT COMPLEX. *

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* THE BEST THING THAT HAPPENED TO ME AT `TERENGGANU ... 1ST MATE `CATHY' CAME ON-BOARD! *

Heritage Bay Marina, Terengganu, is a modern establishment, attached to a small Resort/Hotel … not many berths, but then it doesn’t need them as Terengganu is well away from the busy circuit of cruising, being halfway up the east coast of the Malaysian Peninsular … South of the Thai/Malay border.The Heritage Bay Marina/Ri-Yaz Heritage Resort & Spa Resort … seems to owe it’s origination to a single sailing event … The Monsoon Cup. There are six World Class racing yachts housed at this marina, tended by an Australian (David) from Perth, Western Australia … and he organises the Race and trains local crews.  

These are not huge yachts (about 10 metres) and are built in Perth. David explains world class Skippers and Crew descend on Terengganu, only once every year, to compete in a series of Match Races (I think that means only two yachts race at any one time … and losers are eliminated until, you guessed it, they have a winner!)He was also of the opinion the Race Series would end in the near future … what then of the Heritage Bay Marina.

* THE MARINA AND RESORT WAS ISOLATED FROM THE TOWN CENTRE ... HENCE A WATER-TAXI (FREE) TO TAKE PATRONS ACROSS THE BAY! *

 

This is another business which appears to be ill-conceived by Government/Business. The Terengganu area is a mini-Singapore … in as much as there are major reclamation works going on. Terengganu will be transformed in a few … no, quite a few years … given the continued influx of big money.

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* A LITTLE SITE-SEEING AT `MALACCA' WHILST WAITING FOR THE MAINSAIL REPAIR! ***** GREAT VIEWS FROM THE ROTATING `THING' HIGH ABOVE THE CBD OF `MALACCA', WEST COAST OF MALAYSIAN PENINSULA. *

Scott gave great service, picking me and the sail up from my Hotel in China Town, Malacca … and inspecting it at his massive out-of-town loft. Three days later the sail was returned to me along with a very affordable account. (MR450.00 … about AU$180.00)

I had the time to look around the centre of Malacca … BUT, I must be hard to please? There is one good attraction … a revolving platform which lifts you and many about 80 metres … giving a great 360° vista of Malacca City Centre and out to sea. That was Malacca to me!

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* `MALACCA' HAS STREET TRICYCLES WHICH COMPETE FOR `MOST COLOURFUL'! *

Back on the ship … with the first day recovering from the over-night bus trip from Malacca. The following day was refit-mainsail-day! And the sun was out in full force … it gets blistering and you strenuously avoid working in it … but, I had to as the refit is a long job and heavy work! Come 1500 hours and I was knackered … so much so I couldn’t think of what I was meant to be doing and small problems took on HUGE proportions of difficulty. By this time I had moored Déjà vu from a mooring 100 metres away from the marina to allow it to swing with the breeze. Even this plan was foiled by a strong outgoing tidal current. For today, I was beaten!

I must have looked so … as I heard a knock on the hull of Déjà vu (didn’t hear the dinghy come alongside as I had melted onto the roof of the cockpit) and a complete stranger called up to me … DO YOU NEED A HAND?   It took awhile for the offer to sink in … dead-slow brain reaction … and eventually it dawned on me, I did need a hand! And I conveyed this message to my new friend. He came aboard in a flurry … told me to relax as I looked done-in … and completely took over the refitting of the main. `Stranger’, Greg, of a magnificent French made Catamaran `Lady of Siam’ … saved my sanity, if not my life, that day and when slightly recovered I just followed his instructions and come sunset all was in place, better than the original installation … Greg made changes to the sail-cover rigging as he went.

To top it off … he invited me onboard `Lady of Siam’ for dinner … along with four other new friends he had made that day.

I’ll never forget this guy!!

 

Fully rigged … the main looked great!

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* `RE-YAZ HERITAGE MARINA' ... A GREAT DESIGN FOR A RESTAURANT ... NOT BAD FOOD EITHER! *

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