After a week-long stopover in spectacular Singapore, the
ten yachts taking part in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World
Yacht Race set sail this morning from the exclusive Marina
at Keppel Bay, where they have been based since last
The send-off was no less spectacular than the welcome
festivities, with drummers upping the tempo as the teams
manned their boats in preparation for race start, as well
as the traditional tossing of the Yusheng, or raw fish
salad, by skippers and VIP guests, to herald abundance and
good fortune during the Chinese Spring Festival.
Speaking at the departure ceremony, Dr Lee Boon Yang,
Chairman of Keppel Corporation said, "As we celebrated
friendship and goodwill over the past week, we are also
happy that through hosting this stopover of the Clipper
Race fleet at our Marina, we have played our part to
promote Singapore as the sailing and waterfront lifestyle
destination in this part of the world."
Marina at Keppel Bay, home to Keppel Bay Sailing Academy,
Singapore's only Royal Yachting Association
(RYA)-recognised sail training centre, is part of the
world-class Keppel Bay waterfront precinct. Presenting the
best in waterfront and urban lifestyles, Keppel Bay is set
to put Singapore on the world's prime real estate map
with its iconic residential developments, Reflections at
Keppel Bay and Caribbean at Keppel Bay.
Skipper of the Singapore yacht, Ben Bowley, said "It
has been a fantastic stopover. It's been very busy but
it's been a great opportunity to give something back to
our sponsors. It's been brilliant to come and see
Marina at Keppel Bay and the new Reflections at Keppel Bay
development which is looking fantastic, and wonderful to
experience Singapore's delights. We've had some
great meals and good times.
"I think one of the real things about having a
Singapore boat as part of the Clipper Race is it provides
fantastic exposure; everywhere we've been there has
been a load of support. We have fantastic support
throughout the world for our multinational crew and that is
really helping to bind people together."
"This is my first time in Singapore and to come and
see what it's all about, to meet the people and to see
their attitude, which is generally incredibly determined
and very hardworking, has helped to galvanise what is
already a very strong team spirit," he added.
During their stay the international crews have explored the
island state, including a tour organised by Singapore
Tourism Board, which began with a tai chi session (an
ancient Chinese form of martial arts) and a traditional
roti prata (Indian pancakes) breakfast, before shopping in
Little India, lunch in Chinatown and the infamous
'Singapore Sling' at Raffles Hotel.
Clipper Race founder and Chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston,
said, "I know very well that the crew have greatly
enjoyed their time in Singapore where they have
participated in fantastic tourism experiences, exploring
Singapore by day and night. Over the last week, they have
gained a real sense of what this unique island has to
"Our international yacht partners have also maximised
every minute of our stopover here and there has been
encouraging evidence of new contacts made and successful
business completed over our stay - something which is at
the heart of the Clipper Race ethos."
Clipper 11-12 is 'raced by people like you'; crew
members come from all walks of life and between them
represent more than 40 nationalities. The youngest is 18
years old and there is no upper age limit.
Singaporean, Celina Chan, is one of three Keppel
Ambassadors taking part in the race and will bring the
skills she learns on board back to her company. In everyday
life she is an engineer but is now embarking on the second
of the two races in which she will take part.
The 27-year-old said, "I felt like a superstar as we
sailed into Marina at Keppel Bay. It was an emotional
moment and I had tears of joy and excitement whilst
standing on the spreader as we sailed in! I saw my bosses
and colleagues, which really touched me as I knew that they
had a major operation in the shipyard, but yet rushed over
to the marina just welcome me before hurrying back to the
"The Singapore team bonds very well," she added.
"The adventures and hardships have fostered strong
friendships and the whole team just gels together. Being
onboard reminds me a lot of my workplace at Keppel FELS
where everybody will lend each other a helping hand no
matter how busy they are. This is the Keppel Can-Do!
spirit, and something I am truly glad to find onboard
Singapore as well."
The stopover has also seen hundreds of local residents
visit the yachts and prospective crew for Clipper 13-14
have attended sessions to find out more about getting on
board for the next edition of the race. Keppel Bay Sailing
Academy is also the only accredited Clipper Training centre
outside the UK where crew from Singapore and the wider
Asia-Pacific region can undertake the first part of their
In addition many of the sponsors of the Clipper 11-12 Round
the World Yacht Race have travelled to Singapore to
leverage their partnership with the event to establish and
build on trade, business, tourism, education and cultural
relationships, attracting delegates from across Singapore
and South East Asia.
For more information please contact:
For Keppel Corporation
Group Corporate Communications
Mobile: +65 9694 1328
Office: +65 64136 434
For Clipper 11-12 Race
Singapore Mobile: +65 8105 6210
Roaming Mobile: +44 (0) 7792 408 695