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The idea of a yachting regatta of international standing in Singapore waters was mooted many years ago by a handful of local enthusiasts when sailing was still a relatively new sport, attracting mainly expatriates and a handful of local die-hard sailors. Those were the days when sailing facilities were minimal and the opportunity to become initiated in sailing, limited. Yet, the region was fast becoming a popular cruising ground for a growing number of blue-water sailors, who crossed oceans in search of unique, unspoiled and idyllic destinations. These yachtsmen from Australia, Europe and North America - areas with a strong sailing tradition - were the forerunners of what is now an established yachting and recreational marine tourism market. Places in the region, such as Phuket and Bali became magnets with a cult following among sailors who returned regularly on a voyage of self-renewal and rejuvenation. Today, hundreds of sailing yachts pass through Singapore annually, making it the natural gateway to the region.
In more recent years, recognition by the Government that Singaporeans could excel in sailing in the international sporting arena, and the advent of new marinas and yacht clubs, gave further impetus to sailing. In 1995, the Singapore Sailing Federation (previously known as the Singapore Yachting Association) got together with Raffles Marina, Nongsa Point Marina (now represented by the Riau Yacht Club operating from the same premises), and Changi Sailing Club to organise the first Singapore Straits Regatta, to be promoted as a regatta of international standing. Since then, the Regatta has grown steadily in stature and become more renowned. In 1999, the Republic of Singapore Yacht (RSYC) having moved to new premises, joined the triumvirate. The RSYC is also the donor of the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy, which is used as the championship trophy for the Perpetual Cup Series of which the Singapore Straits Regatta is part.
The Regatta is managed by a committee comprising volunteers from the sailing community. The committee chair is presently rotated in turn each year among the five supporting clubs, who nominates a chairman to head up the organising committee.