The sport of sailing was first introduced into Myanmar back in 1924 when a group of sailing enthusiasts formed a club which was then known as the Rangoon Sailing Club, now called the Yangon Sailing Club, on the western shores of the magnificent Inya Lake, not far from the heart of Yangon City itself. Then in 1956, the national authority Burma Yachting Federation ( BYF ), known today as the Myanmar Yachting Federation ( MYF ) was established. During that time, BYF was the first of its kind in the entire South East Asian Peninsula ( SEAP )Region, now known as the SEA Region. It was then headed by U Maung Maung Lwin, who was not only a keen sailor himself, but was also an active and dynamic member of the National Olympic Committee. Under his leadership, Myanmar sailors even ventured out to National Olympic Committee. Under his leadership, Myanmar sailors even ventured out to participate in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and in the 1960 Rome Olympics Yachting Events.
In 1961 as a milestone achievement, Yachting was included for the first time in the 2nd SEAP Games which was held in Myanmar as the host country. However, Yachting Event was included off and on during the subsequent SEAP Games depending on the wishes of the respective host countries.
By 1966, a new Executive Committee was established which was led by Commander Aung Gyi ( Myanmar Navy ) a dynamic sailor, who himself keenly participated in the 4th SEAP Games held in Bangkok in 1967. Then, in 1969 Myanmar again hosted the 5th SEAP Games where Yachting Event was again included with four classes of boats. With the introduction of systematic training methods programmes introduced prior to the 5th SEAP Games, improvements in skill as well as the momentum in competitive sailing became dramatically enhanced, with many Myanmar sailors bringing back medals and glory for their country.
Some of the key elements stipulated in the Myanmar Yachting Federation since in 1956 are:
- To promote the sailing qualities of an athlete, where priority is to be given to assist in building up the standard of sailing, until he or she can get involved in the highly intricate art of racing
- To recruit and instigate among the sport circles of the country leading to enhancement in popularity and further proliferation of the sport
- To encourage dinghy building techniques as well as production of related parts and fittings
- To co-operate with and to assist any other yachting associations domestically as well as from abroad, in order to further promote the sport of sailing number people interested in sailing, but also to enhance the competitive ability of the sailors in Myanmar and in the Region
With the aforesaid aims and objectives in mind, and with the Yangon Sailing Club serving at the backbone and breeding gorunds of future sailors, the Myanmar Yachting Federation at present will not waive in its plans to continue to conduct Regattas, Sailing Courses, Coaching Clinics along ambitious development plans not only to increase the number people interested in sailing, but also to enhance the competitive ability of the sailors in Myanmar and in the Region.