Official Launch Of Aseanarean Bluewater Alliance (ABA) 29-08-2012
Raffles Marina, Singapore and Phuket Boat Lagoon, Thailand, together with 10 marinas around the region, announces the official launch of the Aseanarean Bluewater Alliance (ABA) on Saturday, 1 September 2012, at Raffles Marina.

The ABA was formed to serve as a strategic alliance of premier cruising clubs and marinas. Its purpose is to promote nautical lifestyles and seamless marine tourism, by offering premier destinations, share local knowledge and offer special privileges for cruising yachtsmen and to support cruising yachts.

Through the establishment of such a strategic bluewater alliance, cruising to and within Aseanarean, the world’s largest nautical lifestyle region and home to the world’s highest marine biodiversity, will be facilitated. Cruising experiences will be enhanced, and more active and regular cruising between alliance members, will be encouraged.

The Aseanarean region is defined as the seas encompassing the 10 Asean nations of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Selected premier yacht clubs or marinas in the Aseanarean region, that possess the necessary attributes, and are able and willing to forge such an alliance, were included, by invitation only, to co-found ABA.

ABA was 1st soft-launched in Phuket Boat Lagoon in Dec 2011, by Raffles Marina (Singapore) and Phuket Boat Lagoon (Thailand), as joint-founders in the presence of and supported by Ocean Marina, The Royal Selangor Yacht Club and Krabi Boat Lagoon. The co-founders now include, Admiral Marina & Leisure Club (Malaysia), Bali Marina (Indonesia), Batavia Sunda Kelapa Marina (Indonesia), Krabi Boat Lagoon (Thailand), Nongsa Point Marina (Indonesia), Ocean Marina Yacht Club (Thailand), Royal Langkawi Yacht Club (Malaysia), Straits Quay Marina (Malaysia), Sutera Harbour (Malaysia) and The Royal Selangor Yacht Club (Malaysia).

The signing ceremony and official launch will be held at 5.30pm, in the Atrium of Raffles Marina. It will be graced by VIPs from the various Marinas and Yacht Clubs. Guests and media are invited.

In conjunction with the official launch, Raffles Marina is celebrating its 18th Anniversary on 1 and 2 September 2012. The two-day event will highlight activities such as BoatFest, a brokers’ boat show, Kelong fishing and activities for both the young and young at heart. The Club’s anniversary dinner will also serve as Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations, taking place at the Raffles Marina’s Lawn on 1 September.

About Raffles Marina, Singapore
Located at the western tip of Singapore, adjacent to the Second Link Bridge connecting Singapore and Malaysia, Raffles Marina is Aseanarean’s 1st modern marina and country club, a first class, full service boating amenities. It offers berthing facilities for a wide range of boats from small pleasure craft to mega yachts.

Raffles Marina was officially opened in 1994, and became the First 5 Gold Anchor rated marina in the Asia-Pacific region. By extending the reach of its cruising and marine conservation programmes, throughout much of Aseanarean, it also became the First Bluewater Marina, by 1999. In 2007, it became the 1st marina in Asia to receive the Best Asian Marina Award.

About Phuket Boat Lagoon, Thailand
Phuket Boat Lagoon, established in 1993, was formerly a large mining pond that was turned into a sizeable marina of about 60 acres. It is located on the East Coast of Phuket Island. It is an ideal destination equipped with full marina services, and is the only marina in Thailand to be awarded, in June 2012, ISO 9001 certification.