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21st Singapore Straits Regatta from 27 to 31 January 2014
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Brief History of SSR

The idea of a yachting regatta of international standing in Singapore waters was mooted in 1994 by a handful of local enthusiasts to entrench Singapore's position as a yachting hub in Asia and catalyze the growth of the local keelboat sailing scene. The annual fixture in the Asian Yachting circuit has since come to be famed for its blend of Singaporean and Indonesian flavour, being the only regatta that brings the yachts and sailors to clubs on both sides of the Straits. A truly unique regatta that presents a myriad of sailing conditions and experiences. The Straits Regatta has been constantly evolved over the past 17 years and the upcoming 18th edition will present itself in a format closer to the roots of the original editions in the early 1990s. A time-tested formula that has attracted sailors and yachts from all over the world!

In 1995, the inaugural Singapore Straits Regatta was held. A brainchild of pioneers of sailing in Singapore, this event saw Raffles Marina, Nongsa Point Marina, and

Changi Sailing Club coming together with Singapore Sailing Federation (previously known as the Singapore Yachting Association) to organise this landmark event.
The next milestone came in 1999 with the announcement of the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy being donated by Republic of Singapore Yacht Club (RSYC) as the Challenge Trophy for the Perpetual Cup Series comprising the 3 anchors of the Asian Sailing Circuit – The Raja Muda International Regatta, Phuket King's Cup and the Singapore Straits Regatta.

The Regatta is organised through a unique organising chair rotation system amongst the Singapore clubs and Riau Yacht Club/ Nongsa Point Marina. The coming together of all stakeholders in Singapore sailing clubs through a Memorandum of Understanding signals the strong camaraderie and collective drive to promote the sport. The growth of the boating industry and developments in Singapore have also seen clubs added to the Singapore Straits Regatta Council. Joining the founding clubs were Singapore Armed Forces Yacht Club (in 2005) and One15 Marine Club and Marina at Keppel Bay (both in 2011).

The Perpetual Cup Series

The Asian region has long been a hotbed of big boat sailing with regattas held in the northern regions of the South China Sea, to the western Thai and Malaysian peninsula's Andaman Seas to the eastern reaches of the Philippine archipelago waters.

Each of these regattas has evolved its own identity over the years, and draws sailors from not just the regions but the world over.
The architects of the 3 anchor events in Southeast Asia – The Raja Muda International Regatta, Phuket King's Cup and Singapore Straits Regatta pulled together collectively in an effort to establish a contiguous regatta circuit - the Perpetual Cup Series - to further boost Asian sailing, and in the process give sailors a more compelling reason to contest these 3 key events.

Inaugurated in 1997, the Series crowns the top performing yacht in the elite racing class across the 3 events and awards her with with the the prestigious Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy.

Sir Thomas Lipton

In 1923, Sir Thomas Lipton presented a handsome trophy to the then Royal Singapore Yacht Club.

Thomas Lipton was born in Glasgow on 10 May, 1850, to parents from Northern Ireland. At age fifteen, he set off to America where he worked in the tobacco fields of Virginia, and later in the grocery trade. In 1871, he opened his first shop in Glasgow, at the age of 21.

In 1890, Lipton began importing tea from India and Ceylon, and revolutionised the tea business by selling tea from his own plantations in Ceylon, in conveniently-sized small packets directly to customers in his own shop. By 1898, Lipton had shops all over Britain, plantations in Ceylon, and large businesses in America. In that year, Queen Victoria knighted him in recognition of his achievements.

In 1897, he joined the Royal Ulster Yacht Club, in the land where his forefathers had originated, which provided the inspiration for the name Shamrock, for which all his America's Cup challenge yachts were named. In all, he mounted five campaigns for the America's Cup, and although none of his challenges were successful, he gained tremendous respect as a sportsman, and publicity for his businesses.

In addition to Singapore, Sir Thomas Lipton donated many cups and trophies to other yacht clubs in America and New Zealand.

Sir Thomas Johnstone Lipton died in 1931 at the age of 81 in his hometown of Glasgow, Scotland.

Stay tuned for more details about Singapore Straits Regatta’s history!

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Organisers and Sponsors One 15 Marina Changi Sailing Club Marina At Keppel Bay Nongsa Point Marina Raffles Marina Republic of Singapore Yacht Club Singapore Sailing Federation