Myanmar’s Yachting Celebrates a Century of Sailing

Myanmar’s yachting, which emerged in 1924 together with the Rangoon Sailing Club, has now reached its 100th anniversary in 2024.
Myanmar Yachting Federation makes preparations for its centenary in advance and tries hard to grab achievements at the 33rd SEA Games to be held in Thailand in 2025.
Here are the heartful words of the officials and winners of the Men’s Championship Shield Sailing Competition organized by the Myanmar Yachting Federation at Inya Lake in Yangon and Ngwehsaung Yacht Club & Resort in Ayeyawady Region from 16 March to 12 May, marking the 100th anniversary.

U Maung Win, Vice-President of the Myanmar Yachting Federation
The award ceremony for the Men’s Championship Shield Sailing Competition of Myanmar Yachting Federation is a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of Rangoon Sailing Club.
The Myanmar Yachting Federation and Rangoon Sailing Club are inseparable, like a coin, but their nature is different. The federation is a semi-government under the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs and the Myanmar Olympic Committee. In contrast, the Rangoon Sailing Club is a non-profit organization and a member club. It was established by the British Governor in 1924, and now it has sailed into a century in 2024.
Our country was the first country to put the sailing competition in the 1961 2nd SEAP Games, and we won gold medals for two types of class and four gold medals at the 5th SEAP Games in 1969. We also grabbed two golds, one silver and one bronze, in the 27th SEA Games in 2023 at Ngwehsaung. We are still exerting our efforts to maintain such achievements in the 2025 Thai 33rd SEA Games.

Ko Sai Pyae Sone Hein, head coach of the Myanmar Yachting Federation
The Men’s Championship Shield Sailing Competition included eight different classes. They are Optimist for under 16, ILCA-4, ILCA-6 men and women. They had to compete after the Ngwehsaung practising section in March. The competitions of Rater, Sharpie A, B, and C were at Inya Lake. That is the largest competition held by the federation every year.
We are delighted with the athletes and those who participated in the competitions. The number of athletes is higher than the number before the COVID-19 period. After COVID, most athletes, for age reasons and even younger, suspended their participation. The situation recovered in 2022, and the training reopened in 2022. Therefore, the number of athletes is high again, and we are satisfied with it.
The athletes will be trained for the SEA Games. It can be said that it is the 100th anniversary of the Rangoon Sailing Club and yachting sports. As sports are not very popular among people, and so we will keep trying hard, they are also included in our objectives. I would like to invite those interested in sailing to become yachters.

Ko Zaw Myint Than – a winning yachter
I had to compete in five matches. I won first prize in three successive competitions. Although I thought I might win as I grabbed first place three times on the first day, fortune didn’t give me a favour on the second day. I had to try my best on the second day. There were 14 boats for Sharpie C, but one didn’t come to compete, so there were 13; I won the first prize with the lowest average marks for five matches.
Our country won first medals in ASEAN in terms of Ko Si Thu and Saya Aung Myin Thu. Myanmar received international training and support from the federation chairperson in ASEAN. However, the new generation did not earn gold medals at the ASEAN level. The Department of Sports and Physical Education bears the cost for 10-year-old and 12-year-old athletes to compete in international competitions once every three months. Our side also provides the expenses so they are closer towards the global level, and I think we will be again in the gold age just like Ko Si Thu soon.
Now, I am 45, and I cannot expect to participate in ASEAN and international competitions. The sailing is different from others. We have the Yangon Sailing Club for yachting, and those who win gold medals can train directly with the new generations. If young yachters have potential and the gold prize winner can train them systematically, the sport will have the most potential in Myanmar, grabbing gold and silver medals in the future.

Maung Htet Lin Zaw – an awardee
I competed in four types of matches. I won the first prize in the ILCA 6 men’s fleet in March at Ngwehsaung. Then, I won the second prize in Sharpie B at Inya Lake. I am 18 years old. I want the best things for sailing. I expect to win prizes in international competitions. I started sailing in 2016. I practised Optimist for under 16 for four years and participated in international competitions. I competed in the Malaysia SEA Games in 2017 and the Philippines SEA Games in 2019, and I also participated in tournaments, World Championships, and Asian & Oceanian. I ranked third in men’s Overall in Hong Kong in 2018, first prize for Under 12 and second prize for Under 12 in the Singapore National Championship in 2018.
Although sailing is just like techniques of other sports, it needs fitness, critical thinking and consideration. When we start a match, we have to use our whole bodies and brains to think about the next step. Now, yachting is in the centenary due to the efforts of the seniors. I respect them, and we should keep trying just like them to maintain such success.

Maung Khun Tun Oo – a winning yachter
I participated in two classes. I was the champion for Sharpie B. I started sailing when I was nine. I have had experience in international competitions, but I have not won any prizes. I will spare no effort to compete in the Singapore National Championship, Thai Pattaya competition and other competitions. I will do my utmost in the SEA Games that will be held in Thailand. I do hope I will achieve medals.

Translated by KTZH

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