Brazil Wins 2014 Ambassadors' Cup At Changi Sailing Club In Singapore
Published: Friday, 21 November 2014
Light winds did not dampen the enthusiasm of the ambassadors who competed in the 15th annual Changi Sailing Club’s (CSC) Ambassadors’ Cup in Singapore. The competitive spirit was alive and well as the skippers and crew battled it out for the prestigious prize. The sailors aboard the 44 boats from the Changi Sailing Club and other clubs around the island were ready to race and to party.
In the end it was Brazilian ambassador Fernando Luis who danced his way onto the stage to accept the trophy for winning the 2014 edition of the race, which took place Nov 15. Luis was aboard Born In Fire Too owned and skippered by Pascale Radue.
(Photo: Born in Fire Too)
“The Ambassadors’ Cup is a thrilling event that brings the world together,” says Luis. "It has been a joy for me to officiate at this glorious day of billowing sails, fluttering flags, tacking rudders and gusting breezes, among the wonderful camaraderie of all participants.”
Michael Pulch, Ambassador and Head of Delegation for the EU, aboard Shardana, which is skippered and owned by Joe Lombardo, came in second place. Shardana was followed by John Button’s Simba with Spain’s Ambassador Federico Palomera Guez aboard.
Airbus Helicopters, once again a generous sponsor of the race was joined by co-sponsors Shenton Wealth Holdings, DHL, Yart Marine, Cosmosteel, CBMM and Leisure Charter / Acclaim Insurance.
“I am absolutely delighted to welcome the Ambassadors and the crews to this very special event,” says Airbus Helicopters CEO Derek Sharples. “There is no other event like this in Singapore, which is just one reason that it is so special.”
In the Non-Ambassadors Division Sweet Phoenix, skippered by Lim Hock Boon, representing Korea, took the hardware for first place ahead of Ad Smit’s Dream On with the team from Kazakstan on board. Zaheera Hashim and the Malaysian team took third place on Balqis.
Barnaby Birkbeck coaxed Sycorax across the line first in the Beach Catamaran Division with Jeremy Perrier in second and Uli Braun taking third.
“Anything can happen,” says CSC Commodore Anthony Lim. “At this time of the year we can get everything - wind, calm, storms.” In fact a storm hit soon after the last boat got in, when drinks were already in the glass.
The Cruising Multihull Division had three entrants who finished. First place went to Vectis with Matthew Lutter skippering for the Irish delegation. Anthony Lim was at the helm of Annette, flying an Austrian flag and Ximula, sporting Angola’s flag came in third place with Wong Tet Choong at the helm.
Stuart Birkbeck claimed first place in the Trimaran Division followed by Tim Hill on Cicak while David Stanton finished third.
“Here to defend our belt,” said Chetch Naren, Ambassador for Cambodia prior to the race. He didn’t manage to do it this year, but as he is newly appointed to the position he has several more years to return and try again for the coveted Ambassadors’ Cup.