When Uniquely Singapore sets off in this gruelling race against nine other global cities it will not only carry the hopes of a nation back home eagerly following its progress, but also a crew of bold and adventurous individuals who have signed up for the experience of a lifetime and a unique opportunity to represent Singapore.
Throughout the race, the crew of Uniquely Singapore will act as ambassadors for the nation, carrying with them the great responsibility of spreading the 'uniqueness' of Singapore to the rest of the world. Over thirty Singaporeans, including 21 who will enjoy an STB subsidy of 50% of the costs of participation of one leg, have signed up to take part in the Clipper 05-06, representing all walks of Singapore life from hawkers to businessmen, both male and female, of all races and ages.
It is this diverse fabric of Singapore which makes Singapore such a unique destination and this is what will be shared with the rest of the world as Singapore competes in this prestigious international round the world yacht race. Many of the crew will have to make huge sacrifices in order to represent their country in this challenge including leaving their families and their jobs, some even selling their business in order to generate the funds required to take parts. They are a truly unique group of individuals and exceptional ambassadors for the nation.
The name, Uniquely Singapore is a fitting description of the city-state - a unique blend of East and West, of tradition and modern, a melting pot of nationalities, religions, cultures and personalities. Singapore is one of the world's major business centres, a key player in the global finance and technology sectors yet traditional and cultural industries still thrive. Singapore is also a hive of artistic and creative activity with an ever growing arts scene and even now on the sports front, with involvement in international competitions such as the Clipper 05-06 Round the World Yacht Race, Singapore is proving that it can compete in the global arena.
The city of Liverpool, European Capital of Culture in 2008, Fremantle in Western Australia, the South African port city of Durban, Glasgow and the Channel Island of Jersey will also field competitive entries in the race, with sponsorship of the remaining four yachts to be announced soon.
Mr Lim Neo CHIAN, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of STB, commented, 'With the naming of the 'Uniquely Singapore' yacht here today, we move one step closer to showcasing the best of Singapore in this truly exciting and intense competition. Over the next few months, the crew will undergo rigorous training to prepare them for the demanding 10 months at sea. We are pleased that these daring, adventurous individuals have stepped forward to take on this challenge, and we are confident that they will make Singapore proud. We also look forward to welcoming the international sailing fraternity when they visit Singapore in January 2006.'
The Uniquely Singapore yacht will be moored at St Katharines Docks for three days from 14 to 17 March, where it will be one of the key features in the Singapore Season programme. Singapore Season is a showcase of artistic and cultural performances by Singapore talents, and aims to portray Singapore as a global meeting place for ideas, creativity and innovation.
Singapore's involvement in the nation versus nation Clipper 05-06 Race has been secured by the Singapore Tourism Board and Fast Track Sailing, the exclusive global commercial and media partner for the event.