Singapore to host SB20 world c’ships in 2021
The Republic will host a sailing world championships for the first time, after One15 Marina Sentosa Cove Singapore announced yesterday that it has secured the hosting rights for the SB20 World Championships 2021.
The marina will host more than 70 boats and teams from around the world from Feb 2-6. More than 15 teams from Singapore, comprising some of the Republic's top sailors, are also expected to participate in the regatta.
This will be the first SB20 World Championships to be held in Asia since its inception in 2008. Europe and Australia have hosted it nine times and twice respectively.
Singapore SB20 Association fleet vice-captain Nicholas Cocks said One15's successful hosting of four SB20 Asia Pacific Championships between 2015 and 2019 - the 2019 event was held last week - was a key factor in its winning bid to host the 2021 world event.
Conceptualised in 1999 as a one-design class of sailboat, the SB20 is an open keelboat designed for racing with a crew of three or four, whose maximum weight must not exceed 270kg.
One15 Marina general manager Teo Joo Leng was "very excited" about the successful bid, adding: "This successful bid would not have been possible without the strong support and advocacy efforts of our partners - the Singapore SB20 Association, the Singapore Sailing Federation well as the Singapore Tourism Board.
"Over the years, One15 Marina Sentosa Cove Singapore has consistently supported the sea-sports community as part of our corporate mission to make it part of the lifestyle offerings at the marina."
While the SB20 is not an Olympic class, SSF president Lincoln Chee felt Singapore's hosting of the SB20 World Championships 2021 will help sailing grow on multiple fronts.
He said: "Our local sailors will get to race against foreign sailors of an international standard, and if we can host it well, that will give confidence to the management, federation and the sailing community at large, and raise interest here."