Act 1 - Singapore
20th-23rd February 2014
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.
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. More details including timings to be announced prior to the Act start.
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