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Written by Administrator    Friday, 10 August 2012 16:32    PDF Print E-mail

Asia's oldest established yacht club, the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club (RSYC) has announced the winners of the twelfth annual Corum RSYC Regatta which was held from 17 to 24 July. There was a mixture of some predictable results from strong past winners and some upsets as newer entrants took the prize.
The Corum RSYC regatta consisted of four main races in the IRC A, IRC B, One Design and PY Class Division categories. Weather was fair with moderate winds as sailors raced around the water, west of Pulau Sudong past Raffles Light House to the edge of Raffles Reserve.
In terms of results, last year's IRC A category winner, Windsikher (helmed by Sarab Jeet Singh) made an impressive showing in the four-boat IRC A class race, earning the Pulau Jong Challenge Cup. Bragging rights remain with Windsikher this year.
In the IRC B category, last year's winner Shoon Fung Too (skippered by Gordon Maxted) lost the title to one of the two student teams from the Singapore Management University, SMUve (helmed by Gregory Ho). In second place came the other SMU boat SMUmad (helmed by Christopher Lim). SMUve clinches this year's Williamson Challenge Cup.
The One Design J24 category, again, saw a winner from 2010 making waves and this was Angel, (helmed by Borstnar Vladimir), who earns for his crew the Royal Singapore Yacht Club Sailing Committee 1934 Challenge Cup and who remains unconquered for the J24 class this year.
In the PY Division, Todak (skippered by Leslie Fung) lost the bragging rights to this year's winner Velera Linda helmed by Christopher Nunns, who wins the Clifford Challenge Cup. Disabled sailors from Sailability meanwhile held their own race closer to the club, competing for the Rear Commodore's Cup in Access 2.3 Class races, a completely new class for this year. The participants ranged from amputees, paraplegics and tetraplegics, to people suffering a range of other disabilities such as muscular dystrophy, polio, cerebral palsy, leukaemia and the visually and hearing impaired. This inaugural cup was clinched by Jovin Tan.
"Sailing is a magnificent sport and Corum has been associated with it since the 1960s, because it shares the same passion as the sailors who take part in the regattas. Watchmaking and sailing have in common a number of shared values as both disciplines require a good deal of attention at all times for the smallest details, along with a strong spirit of perseverance and tenacity. Corum is determined to continue its support in the sailing world, and we are delighted to be the presenting sponsor of the Corum RSYC Regatta in Singapore," said Antonio Calce, CEO of Corum.
"The enduring appeal of the Corum RSYC Regatta is a testament to the shared passion for boating amongst Singapore citizens and residents. I acknowledge and thank our sponsors, Audi, DBS, Aon and Sony and particularly our title sponsor Corum for helping to make this a landmark year in the event's history. I'm also delighted that our generous RSYC members have been able to sponsor and partner with Sailability Singapore this year to stage races for disabled sailors," said Karl Nilssen, Chairman of the Corum RSYC Regatta 2011.
"2011's Corum RSYC Regatta is also given special significance, since this year we have invested significantly to upgrade the club's facilities, with the extension of our accommodation wing and the construction of a 5-storey vertical dry stack storage sheds," said Werner Trachsel, RSYC's General Manager.
The Republic of Singapore Yacht Club, Singapore's oldest sailing club and the organiser of regattas off Singapore's waters since 1834, was the base for this year's Corum RSYC Regatta. The Regatta commemorates a long tradition of RSYC sailing events down through the years and the club's unflagging fostering of maritime sports in the Republic. RSYC members contributed an Olympic sailing team in 1956 to the Melbourne Games and in 1960 to the Rome Games.
The Club's legacy is aptly symbolised by the Lipton Cup, officially named the Challenge Cup, which was a trophy donated to the RSYC in 1923 by the legendary yachtsman and tea merchant, Sir Thomas Lipton.
Further information and the full race results from the 2011 Corum RSYC Regatta may be found at
http://www.rsycregatta.org/NEWS/news.html and

TMX Show Productions, producers of Boat Asia, has announced plans for Asia's largest and longest running boat show to return to the breathtaking Marina at Keppel Bay from 12 -15 April 2012. Since it moved to Marina at Keppel Bay in 2007, Boat Asia has become a driver for the marine industry in Singapore and the region as well as positioned itself as a unique marketplace for businesses to showcase their products and services to the regional and global marketplace.
As the rate of growth of the Asian marine leisure marine industry far exceeds that of the traditional markets of US and Europe, more international companies are looking to Asia for key growth opportunities and are using Boat Asia as a platform from which to launch and showcase their products to the growing affluent community.
Backed by a record-number of quality buyers and genuine interest from HNWIs visiting the show, Boat Asia 2011 saw over $30million worth of sales sealed within a four-day period. The unrelenting interest and sales of varied yachts, including the superyacht Horizon EP105, generated during the first few days of Boat Asia 2011 is evidence of the show's credibility and appeal as the most powerful sourcing event within the region.
Keen interest from some of the world's most prestigious boat dealers, including Gulf Craft, Horizon Yachts, Simpson Marine, Sunseeker and Westport, stemming from the exceptional success of this year's show, has already prompted the producers to consider expanding their exhibition space next year to accommodate the upsurge in exhibitor requests.
Carrying forward its unique concept as a show that integrates both boating and lifestyle elements, Boat Asia 2012 will once again offer great networking opportunities with a packed program of activities which will cater to boating and non-boating enthusiasts alike.
Mr. Herman Ho, Managing Director, TMX Show Productions said, "Boat Asia was created to meet the growing luxury needs of the fast developing Asian elite. By bringing together some of the world's leading dealers and brands, the event offers a comprehensive overview of the latest products and innovations in the leisure marine sector. I believe that Boat Asia will increase the already significant momentum in the marine sector and position Singapore as a regional hub for marine events."
About Marina at Keppel Bay Nestled on Singapore's only private island is Marina at Keppel Bay, the centrepiece of the premier waterfront precinct, Keppel Bay. The Marina complements the waterfront lifestyle offering at Keppel Bay with the luxurious homes – Caribbean at Keppel Bay and Reflections at Keppel Bay, a private marina playground and host of other waterfront amenities and facilities, including Singapore's first Royal Yachting Association (RYA)-accredited Keppel Bay Sailing Academy and luxury yacht charter privileges to homeowners. It is the first marina in Singapore to be fully designed and built by international experts, Bellingham Marine. When fully completed, Marina at Keppel Bay will feature state-of-the-art concrete berths for 168 yachts, including mega yachts. Marina at Keppel Bay was recently named Best Asian Marina of the Year at the Asia Boating Awards 2010. Marina at Keppel Bay is also the first marina in Asia to be awarded the 5 Gold Anchors rating from the Marina Industries Association of Australia (MIAA) for excellence in services and facilities. With premium berthing facilities, fine restaurants and beautifully landscaped grounds on a five-hectare island, Marina at Keppel Bay is recognized as one of Asia's top marina and lifestyle destinations. (www.marinakeppelbay.com)
New Board for TMBA
Following the General Assembly Meeting on 5 August 2011 at Royal Phuket Marina,
a new 9-member was elected as follows:
  • Mr Philippe Chettou, Chairman
  • Mr Gareth Twist, Vice Chairman
  • Mr Vincent Tabuteau, Vice Chairman
  • Mr Guillaume Chaillot, Secretary (to be confirmed)
  • Mr Jeroen Deknatel
  • Mr Bruce Issell
  • Mr Mick Kealy
  • Mr Sergio Loiacono
  • Mr Dominique Nasplezes
The TMBA has decided to focus its activities for the coming 2 years on these 3 subjects:
1) Yachting regulations for foreign and locally flagged yachts: A dedicated sub-committee, headed by Mr Bruce Issell, is under formation to address this vast subject including charter licenses, crew immigration, etc.
2) Marketing efforts: A sub-committee headed by Gareth Twist will address all marketing aspects regarding the promotion of Thailand and SEA as a cruising destination through a collaboration with government agencies (e.g. TAT) as well as coordination with other regional associations.
3) The third subject focuses on environmental awareness and how to cooperate with the different "players" of the marine industry as well as government bodies in this field.
The board has decided to set the minimum membership fees at THB 7,000 for 1 year, generous members willing to contribute more to further support our efforts are welcome! Bank details as follows
Bank: Siam Commercial Bank
Branch: Boat Lagoon
Type: Current
A/C Name: Thai Marine Business Association
A/C No: 886 – 300117-0