SINGAPORE SETS ENLIGHTENED PRECEDENT FOR NEW 2004 WAKEBOARD WORLD CUP
Finding suitable downtown locations for the six 2004
Waterski and Wakeboard World Cup Stops has been an absolute priority for the
International Waterski Federation. Bringing the excitement to the audience
has been the key focus and underpins the success of the event this year. On
October 30/31, 40 of the Worlds best Wakeboard Riders will compete in Singapore
in the HSBC Wakeboard World Cup Stop.
At a special Press Conference in Singapore,
the Public Utilities Board made a dramatic announcement in the past few days.
While recognizing that safe water consumption remains a priority, Yap Kheng
Guan, PUB Director, announced that the HSBC Wakeboard World Cup Stop will be
staged at Singapore’s Bedok Reservoir, close to the downtown area. “We welcome
ideas to liven up the Reservoirs but will monitor the sports carefully to see if
they result in any pollution”. Wakeboarding will be the first sport to
benefit from this dramatic decision.
This enlightened approach is likely to have wide
international implications. It is fully supported by the Singapore Sports
Council. Already, Singapore’s Public Utilities Board is talking of also
permitting Sailing on the Lower Seletar Reservoir and Canoeing at the MacRitchie
Reservoir. In all, eight Reservoirs will soon be opened for suitable
events. While such activities were in the past frowned upon for fear of
polluting the drinking water, technology has moved ahead rapidly in recent years
to resolve many old issues. This in turn allows the use of unique facilities to
be used for public recreation and enjoyment.
In discussing the HSBC Wakeboard World Cup
Stop in Singapore, HSBC’s Head of Marketing, Wendy Lim, stated, “It was a
big bonus for us that this world-class event is held near Bedok residents. By
bringing the event close to the local community, it fits our marketing concept
of being ‘the worlds local bank’ “
The Singapore Waterski and Wakeboard Federation have worked
closely with MasterCraft, the official tow boat sponsor of the 2004 World Cup.
The MasterCraft X Star craft, which will be used at the Bedok Reservoir, is no
ordinary boat. The four-stroke engine eliminates any potential oil leakage or
fumes. According to Ian Birdsall, Managing Director Europe of MasterCraft, much
of the huge recent developments in marine engine technology have been aimed at
reducing emission outputs through the adoption of electronically controlled
engine management systems, induction optimisation and combustion control.
MasterCraft now install engines which have the ability to meet or exceed the
toughest emission regulations in the World, including the California and
Switzerland Stage 3 requirements.
MasterCraft have also invested
heavily in noise pollution control through the development and implementation of
noise suppression systems for engine, exhaust and hull components. Total noise
emissions are reduced to a degree normally not exceeding that of the ambient
Singapore’s new Minister for the Environment and
Water Resources, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, was a former Sports Minister. His
influence and significant sports background was a major element in opening up
the calm and protected Reservoir waters for greater public enjoyment. The
HSBC Wakeboard World Cup Stop on October 30/31, will be the first major
international event to enjoy the results of Singapore’s Reservoir decision. This
will be a historic weekend for the City as this new policy comes into