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New Straits Times, Nov 15.
Barring a few details, the stage is set for five exciting days of yacht racing from Nov 29.
Event manager T-Best Events is putting the finishing touches to the venue to welcome competitors and visitors, who will watch the race from the boardwalk and VIP tents.
Signs have been put up to guide visitors, not only on Pulau Duyong, but all along the main road from the entry points to the state — Kemaman in the south and Besut in the north.
"It’s not easy to get lost in Terengganu, but we want to be sure that everyone, especially those who are driving, know that they are heading in the right direction," said T-Best Event chairman Datuk Wan Hisham Wan Salleh.
Promotional activities have been stepped up to make this year’s event grander and more enjoyable than the last.
"As we go along, we identify and rectify the weaknesses. It’s not easy to please everyone, but we will do our best to make visitors happy. This year they can watch the races at close range, which will be more exciting," he said.
Wan Hisham says the pace will pick up on Pulau Duyong a week before race day, with the arrival of competitors and officials, television crews and reporters and photographers from the print media.
"A lot of work needs to be done before, during and after the race, and we need the full co-operation of everyone involved, including the villagers.
"So far preparations are on track. We are now looking into the fine details. There are bound to be hiccups, but with the use of information technology, problems will be solved more quickly.
Deputy chairman of the state Industrial Development and Tourism Committee, Datuk Nasir Ibrahim said that while the days will be taken up by the racing, there will be entertainment in the evenings.
Rodat, a traditional dance, and wayang kulit are among the performances by local artistes that have been lined up for the event.