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Act 1 - Singapore

20th-23rd February 2014

Act 1 - Singapore

For the first time, Singapore will host the opening round of the 2014 Extreme Sailing Series™, where new faces and new teams will meet the more seasoned crews for the first time when racing begins on the 20 February. The annual world tour of the Extreme Sailing Series will return to the heart of Singapore’s financial hub from the 20-23 February 2014 with racing at the Promontory@Marina Bay, one of the most iconic and internationally recognised stadium racecourses of the Series. Global asset management company Aberdeen Asset Management will continue to support the Host Venue of Singapore as the local Event Main Partner as well as continuing their support of the local team, Team Aberdeen Singapore.

About Singapore:
Singapore, once a humble fishing village, has now developed into the world’s fourth largest financial centre and has one of the five busiest ports in the world, with a diverse group of cultures and religions calling it home. An island surrounded by the Singapore and Johor Straits with many inland waterways, which provide the perfect setting for the Extreme 40 fleet to race.

Originally discovered by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles in 1819 who set up the island as a trading station with a policy of free trade that soon attracted merchants from all over Asia and from as far as the Middle East and America. One of the smallest countries in the world, it is home to nearly 5 million people. The Marina Bay, is in the heart of Singapore, situated a stones throw away from the world famed Raffles Hotel. Named after Sir Raffles, the Hotel is home to the world-renowned Singapore Sling cocktail.


The Act 1, Singapore racecourse in 2014 © Lloyd Images.

Aberdeen Asset Management - Main supporting local partner
In 2013 Aberdeen Asset Management confirmed their commitment to the Singapore Act of the Extreme Sailing Series until 2015, as Main local partner and as title sponsor of the local invitational team. Patrick Corfe, Director – Marketing at Aberdeen Asset Management Asia Limited said: “We are excited to be extending our support in Singapore for a second year. The inaugural event in April went down very well with teams, our clients and the general public. Marina Bay makes for really eye-catching racing, and we expect that to be even more intense with new teams and a February date next year, when winds are more predictable. We are thrilled also that Nick Moloney will be on board our boat along with local sailors, Scott Glen Sydney and Justin Wong, to challenge for event honours."

Team Aberdeen Singapore
Following a successful first outing in 2013, Team Aberdeen Singapore return to the Series in 2014 hoping to impress the home crowd. Local sailors Scott Glen Sydney, one of Singapore’s top Laser sailors, and Asian Games keelboat match racing gold medalist, Justin Wong will join forces with record breaking Australian sailor Nick Moloney, an offshore sailing legend as well as a veteran of the Series.


Team Aberdeen Singapore will be back in action as the home invitational team at Act 1, Singapore 2014 © Lloyd Images.

Race Village & Activities
The free to enter public Race Village is located at The Promontory@Marina bay, a greenfield site nestled in the heart of Singapore's thriving financial hub approximately 20km from Changi International Airport. The location, surrounded by water and gardens, provides the perfect viewing platform for "Stadium Racing" for the Extreme Sailing Series, whilst remaining at the heart of the city centre. The public Race Village will provide a host of entertainment throughout the day including live music, public bar and food stalls, a resident DJ, live commentary throughout the racing as well as a kids zone for children. 

What's on?
Local Event Main Partner, Aberdeen Asset Management will be adding yet more buzz to the village with their Winch Challenge – a chance to test yourself against the clock and get a feel for the speed and power needed by the extreme sailors! With a 6th man place for a race on the Team Aberdeen Singapore boat up for grabs it’s not to be missed!

Saturday will see the Promontory turn into a sea of pink when Aberdeen joins forces with Breast Cancer Foundation (BCF) for a special pink day to raise awareness amongst the expected crowds. BCF’s dragon boat team ‘Paddlers in the Pink’ will take on Team Aberdeen Singapore in a head-to-head, never-been-done-before race in the bay before the main racing gets underway and other local dragon boat teams are getting involved as they will compete over 2,000m – the first race of this length to be held in Singapore.

The Happy World of Haribo at the Race Village will feature activities for children including educational exhibits that explain the science of sailing. Children will also be able to learn how to tie various knots and find out more about the different parts of boats. There will be sampling stations throughout the Happy World of Haribo, which will also include a bouncy castle, paddle boat pool, face-painting booth and game stalls for a day of fun.

Visitors can also relax with a drink and enjoy the spectacular view of the races from a bespoke double-storey bar built specially by No. 5 Emerald Hill or find shade at Rudy Project’s Technically Cool Zone while catching all the action on the water. Spectators can also test their photography skills at the Canon booth at the Race Village with the latest Canon EOS-1D X cameras and telephoto lenses.

Get a taste of the Land Rover off-road driving experience in an urban setting at the Land Rover Experience Zone at the Race Village. The innovative Terrapod, which comes with an upper and lower ramp, mimics the off-road landscape and visitors to the Race Village will be able to test out first-hand the Land Rover’s ability to read and respond to the different terrains on the Terrapod.


Race Village map

Schedule*

Wednesday 19th February 2014
10.30-13.00 Extreme 40 training window
14.30-17.00 Extreme 40 official practice

Thursday 20th February 2014
12.00-13.00 Official Press Conference
14.30-18.30 Extreme 40 racing

Friday 21st February 2014
10.00 Public Race Village opens
10.00-12.30 Haribo Cup Youth Race & Haribo Try sailing followed by prize giving
13.00-14.00 49fxer exhibition
14.30-17.30 Extreme 40 racing window
17.30-19.00 The Aberdeen Challenge
19.00-19.30 The Aberdeen prize giving ceremony

Saturday 22nd February 2014
10.00 Public Race Village opens
10.00-12.30 Haribo Cup Youth Race & Haribo Try sailing followed by prize giving
12.30-13.00 2000m Dragon Boat racing
13.00-14.00 49fxer exhibition
14.20-14.30 Dragon Boat vs Team Aberdeen Singapore drag race
14.30-19.00 Extreme 40 racing window

Sunday 23rd February 2014
10.00 Public Race Village opens
10.00-12.30 Haribo Cup Youth Race & Haribo Try sailing followed by prize giving
13.00-14.00 49fxer exhibition
14.30-17.30 Extreme 40 racing window
18.00 49fxer sailors prize giving ceremony
18.15 Act 1, Singapore official prize giving ceremony

*Timings subject to change

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