Singapore Regatta 2024 (Pre-Event Report)

The Singapore Regatta was an initiative back in 2022 to revive the competitive inshore Straits Regatta of the 1990s. This race aspires to be a marquee sailing event in Singapore that will draw in skippers and crew from the region and perhaps worldwide.

Previously organized by the Singapore Sailing Federation (SSF) , the responsibility for the conduct of this event has now been allocated to the Clubs. This year, Changi Sailing Club and SAF Yacht Club are the proud co-organizers of the 2024 edition, together with the support of the Federation, partners and affiliates. The regatta will consist of 1 passage race and 3-5 shorter inshore races, sailed in the scenic Straits of Johor. Open to all Keelboats, Multihulls and Beach Catamarans, the latest edition boasts 30 boats participating across 6 classes.

Sir Thomas Lipton Cup Challenge

One of the key highlights at this event would be the reintroduction of the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup Challenge, previously used to honour attendance and performance at various marquee sailing events in Southeast Asia, culminating with the Singapore Straits Regatta. Having been absent for the past decade, the Lipton Cup marks its return with the Singapore Regatta 2024, and a Qualifying System for the 2023/24 season was designed to fairly grade the overall performance of competing IRC boats across three qualifying events: the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta (RMSIR) 2023, the Royal Langkawi International Regatta (RLIR) 2024, and the Singapore Regatta (SR) 2024.

We thank the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club and Singapore Sailing Federation for the loan of this prestigious Trophy for the Singapore Regatta 2024.

Sailing in Singapore

Singapore has long been regarded as a strong sailing nation – priding itself with success in the international arena of dinghy sailing. It is however less known for big-boat sailing, as locals cite limited water space and poor wind conditions as top reasons which restrict the growth of the sport in Singapore.

We hope that with the re-launch of this Cup, the prevailing North East Monsoon AND the strong relationships forged with our neighbours in Malaysia and Thailand – the Singapore Regatta grows from strength to strength and takes the next step to becoming an attractive sailing destination for avid keelboat and multihull sailors in the region.

Happy Lunar New Year and all the best to the participants sailing this weekend.

Singapore Regatta Registration, Race Documents and everything you need to know can be found here:

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