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Welcome them home at Keppel Bay on Saturday

A GRAND homecoming is planned for the Uniquely Singapore Clipper at Keppel’s new Marina at Keppel Bay on Saturday. The home boat crossed the finish line off Batam, Indonesia in seventh place around 1pm Singapore time yesterday.

There are another two Clipper yachts which have yet to finish and they are expected in some time tomorrow. All the ten boats are mustering at Batam’s Nongsa Point Marina before making a ceremonial entrance as a fleet on Saturday.

The arrival of the Clipper fleet will lend colour and excitement to the opening of Singapore’s newest marina on Keppel Island, which faces Keppel Land’s Caribbean @ Keppel Bay and Reflections @ Keppel Bay condo developments. Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong will be present.

‘Keppel is delighted to contribute to the vision and vibrancy of this southern waterfront with Marina at Keppel Bay, where premium berths and facilities stand ready to host yachts up to 200 feet and international events such as the Clipper 07/08 Round the World Yacht Race,’ said Keppel Corp group corporate communications general manager Wang Look Fung.

Keppel Corp is a main sponsor of the Uniquely Singapore Clipper and has also sponsored six Keppel ambassadors as crew onboard the boat. The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is a race partner.

‘The dramatic transformations in this southern precinct, of which Keppel Bay is an integral part, will promote Singapore as a leading sailing and boating destination in Asia and we believe that with the slew of exciting waterfront developments and activities at Keppel Bay, Sentosa and the surroundings, more international yachts and boaters will be attracted to visit Singapore,’ Ms Wang said.

Winnie Pua, STB’s director for brand management, said: ‘The international following and goodwill that the race brings will help promote Singapore’s attractiveness as a leading sailing and boating destination in Asia and an ideal place in which to live, work and play.’

The boats are making a stopover in Singapore from Jan 19 to 27 as part of leg four of the 35,000-mile Clipper 07/08 Round the World Yacht Race. From Singapore, the boats will head up north to the Olympic sailing city of Qingdao in China.

The public is invited to watch the boats arriving in Singapore and also to visit the boats while they are in the marina, where they will have an opportunity to chat with the crews. The boats are due to start coming into the marina from around noon on Saturday and there are public access areas all around the promenade on Keppel Island where people can get good views.

It’s a wrap.


Source: Business Times 16 Jan 08


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