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     FrontPage Edition: Mon 31 Oct 2005

Boat Asia sponsors Vincent Wee for Round The World Clipper Race

Vince is pictured 'left' together with Roel van Leeuwen 'center' and Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan 'right'

Boat Asia Sponsors Seasoned Singaporean Sailor on Round The World Clipper Race
Suntec Integrated Media, organiser of Boat Asia 2006, has announced its sponsorship of Vincent Wee, a crew member aboard 'Uniquely Singapore', one of the yachts participating in the Clipper 05-06 Round The World Race.
Vince, an experienced Singaporean sailor, has taken a year off from his job as a sub-editor with Singapore's Business Times in order to participate in every leg of the race. He will be filing voyage reports from his different ports-of-call which will then be uploaded to a special Clipper Section of Boat Asia's website
Vince is also sending reports back to various Singapore newspapers and magazines, most notably The Peak, which has recently been confirmed as Official High Society Magazine of Boat Asia 2006.
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is one of the world�s most prestigious international yachting events. Setting sail from Liverpool, UK, on 18 September 2005, the international racing fleet, comprising 10 identical 68ft yachts, will sail for ten months across 35,000 miles to ten port cities.
On the fourth leg, as the yachts race from Western Australia to China in early 2006, the ten yachts will dock in Singapore's Sentosa Cove for ten days in mid-January. Sentosa Cove has been the venue for Boat Asia for the past two years and is set to host the event for the third year running in 2006.
Roel van Leeuwen, Director of Suntec Integrated Media, commented that the choice of Vince Wee as Boat Asia's sponsored crewmember was an appropriate coincidence of circumstances.
"Vincent himself is very passionate about getting the message out to fellow Singaporeans and people in neighboring Asian countries about the benefits and fun involved in leisure boating," said van Leeuwen. "We were therefore delighted to take such passion and enthusiasm under our wing because of the synergy involved: Boat Asia is also 100% committed to supporting and developing the boating lifestyle in South East Asia. We want to be associated with those, like Vince, who see boating as an entire way of life."
Vincent Wee said, "I wish to thank Boat Asia for supporting my voyage and I am looking forward to meeting the exhibition team, and briefing them on my race progress, when I temporarily arrive back in Singapore for the Clipper race stop over next January."
In Race 2 - Destination Salvador, 'Uniquely Singapore' came in at 6th position. Next, the team is heading towards Durban, South Africa in Race 3. Visit for regular updated news on the race.
Boat Asia's organiser has reaffirmed its commitment to making the exhibition the definitive boat show for the Asia region. Boat Asia will become the prime mover behind the growth of regional boating in Asia. Boat Asia 2006 will take place from 20th-23rd April at Sentosa Cove, Singapore.

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