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New Dates for 2011 Monsoon Cup

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2011-04-28 18:40

New Dates for 2011 Monsoon Cup

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — To ensure its position as the world’s premier sailing event, T-Best Events Sdn Bhd have successfully secured new dates for the 2011 edition of the international sailing event, the Monsoon Cup.

A long and detailed negotiation with the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) and the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) means the season-ending race, where the ISAF Match Racing World Champion will be crowned, will now be held from 29 Nov-4 Dec.

The Monsoon Cup was originally scheduled from 22-27 November but it clashed with the 26th SEA Games (11-22 Nov).

“After several weeks of negotiations, the WMRT and ISAF have finally agreed to our new dates. I would like to thank them for their cooperation and we will work hard together with the continuous support and guidance of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, as well as various events partners and members of the media to ensure the Monsoon Cup remains the nation’s premier sailing event,” said T-Best chairman Tan Sri Sabbaruddin Chik.

“We felt the old dates were unsuitable as the build up to the Monsoon Cup would have been overshadowed by the 26th SEA Games. We are also lucky that the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) which is usually held in the first week of December will now be held a week later so that it doesn’t clash with the Monsoon Cup.”

Tan Sri Sabbaruddin added the new Monsoon Cup dates fits perfectly with the Perth 2011 ISAF World Sailing Championships, which is scheduled from 3-18th December making it viable for foreign media intending to attend both events.


Stage Date Event Location Teams Boats

1 May 10 – 15 Match Race France Marseille, France 12 J80
2 May 24 – 29 Match Race Germany Langenargen, Germany 12 Bavaria 40
3 June 7 – 12 Korea Match Cup Gyeonggi, Korea 12 KM36
4 June 22 – 26 Portimao Portugal Match Cup Portimao, Portugal 12 SM40
5 July 4 – 10 Match Cup Sweden Marstrand, Sweden 16 DS37
6 August 24 – 28 Danish Open Bornholm, Denmark 12 DS37
7 Aug 30 – Sept 4 St Moritz Match Race St Moritz, Switzerland 12 BLU26
8 October 3 – 9 Argo Group Gold Cup Hamilton, Bermuda 24 IOD
9 Nov 22 – 27 Monsoon Cup K.Terengganu, Malaysia 12 F36
About the ISAF World Match Racing Tour:

The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is the leading professional sailing series featuring 9 World Championship events across the globe, sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) with “Special Event” status. The World Tour awards over US$1.75million in prize money with points awarded at each event culminating in the crowning of the “ISAF Match Racing World Champion”. The prize fund includes a US$500,000 overall prize pool for the top nine teams in the Championship. Events take place in identically supplied racing yachts to place the focus on team work and skill. Racing takes place close to the shore for the general public to follow the races as virtual on-the-water stadiums. Media and television highlights coverage reaches in excess of 183 countries around the world.

2011 WMRT Tour Card Holders

Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Mascalzone Latino
Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing
Damien Lehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team
Jesper Radich (DEN) Radich Racing Team
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team
Phil Robertson (NZ) WAKA Racing Team
Ian Williams (GBR), Team GAC Pindar

For full information on WMRT, please visit:

For more information on Monsoon Cup, please visit:

High-res images can be downloaded from: Monsoon Cup Images (

Facebook Group name – Monsoon Cup Malaysia

Twitter Profile name – MonsoonCup

For press information, please contact T-Best Events Sdn Bhd:

Name: Mira Navaretna
Tel: +603-2283-3324
Mob: +6016-338-5341

SOURCE T-Best Events Sdn Bhd

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April 29, 2011 at 2:14 pm

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National Instruments Strengthens Presence in Southeast Asia, Vietnam Office in Ho Chi Minh City Will Increase Support for Vietnamese Research Centers

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2011-04-28 16:00
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, April 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — National Instruments today reinforces its commitment as partner of Southeast Asia’s emerging economies in world-class research and innovation with the decision to open its first Vietnam office in Ho Chi Minh City. Based at the soaring CENTEC Tower in District 3, National Instruments Vietnam will support the country’s research centers and booming technology sector.

“National Instruments has been involved with universities and research institutes in Vietnam for more than a decade,” said Chandran Nair, managing director of National Instruments Southeast Asia. “Our approach in Vietnam, like in most countries where we begin operations, is to work closely with the academia and R&D organizations to ensure that the latest tools and technologies are made available to our customers and academic partners.”

The demand for automated test and advanced control systems in Vietnam has increased tremendously over the past few years because of the rapid expansion of global technology companies setting up manufacturing, assembly and test sites around the country.

“Vietnam has shown economic stability and resiliency in the midst of the world financial crisis,” said Pete Zogas, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Vietnam’s GDP grew 6.7 percent in 2010 and the country also remains a leading manufacturing center. With a dedicated office here and a local team in charge, we are in a position to serve our both our academic partners and customers better.”

National Instruments forecasts an optimistic outlook for the Vietnam market over the next five years, focusing on sectors such as oil and gas, manufacturing, building and infrastructure and automotive. The company also seeks to boost its collaborations with academic and research organizations.

National Instruments growth strategy across markets has always been focused on helping engineers build user-defined measurement and control systems. This helps them create local intellectual property and increase their contribution to their respective organizations.

Vietnam is home to some of the region’s most promising research centers. Renowned universities such as Ho Chi Minh University of Technology, Ho Chi Minh University of Engineering and the Technology and National University of Vietnam have been adding highly-skilled technologists, scientists, inventors, engineers and product developers to the local talent pool.

About National Instruments

National Instruments ( is transforming the way engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware, and sells to a broad base of more than 30,000 different companies worldwide, with no one customer representing more than 4 percent of revenue and no one industry representing more than 15 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 5,200 employees and direct operations in more than 40 countries. For the past 12 years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America. Readers can obtain investment information from the company’s investor relations department by calling (512) 683-5090, e-mailing or visiting

LabVIEW, National Instruments, NI and are trademarks of National Instruments. Other product and company names listed are trademarks or trade names of their respective companies.

Media Contacts:

National Instruments
Ms Jessie Lee
Marketing Communications Specialist
Tel: +65-6226-5886

Rice Communications
Ms Donna Garcia
Senior Consultant
Tel: +65-9734-8808

SOURCE National Instruments

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April 29, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Posted in Business & Finance