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Azhar Mansor

Dato' Azhar Mansor is the first [1] Malaysian to sail solo around the world. He made his trip in 1999, sailing the ship called Jalur Gemilang.His round the world trip, with stops, took 190 days, 6hours 57 minutes 2 seconds [2]

A rumour was widely spread in Malaysia by text messaging alleging that he had renounced Islam, and that he was a Christian living in Australia.[3] This rumour turned out to be false, however, as he is still in charge of the Telaga Harbour marina in Langkawi, Malaysia. Azhar has repeatedly denied all rumours that he had converted as of 10 November 2006.[4]

Successes

Despite his personal life, Datuk Azhar has managed to set a new world record via an Eastabout route, attempted by no-one and has been verified by the WSSRC (World Speed Sailing Record Council) as an official record. Azhar is one of only a couple of hundreds of people in the world to circumnavigate the globe single-handed, and is the only person from an Asian nation apart from Japan to do so. Fewer than 200 people have managed his feat, so he has earned the maritime world's respect and put Malaysia on the marine map.

Azhar is currently based in Langkawi managing Telaga Harbour Park, one of Malaysia's finest marinas.

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ AZHAR GETS A HERO'S WELCOME
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Azhar: I am still a Muslim
  4. ^ theSun

External links

  • Official Telaga Harbour Park website
  • Official World Speed Sailing Record Council website
  • Malaysia Language Translation


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