Following a hearty welcome speech by Singapore Sailing Federation (SSF) President Dr Ben Tan, guest-of-honour and Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong surprised some by revealing that he too, was once an avid sailor himself. The evening rolled off to a grand unfolding with three divine things marking SSF's annual fete.The first: Top sailors went home with bright awards that night. Highlights were Elisa Yukie Yokoyama (Sailor of the Year), Zhang Yong Qiang (Coach of the Year), Optimist Worlds Team (Team of the Year) and SMU Sailing Club (Club of the Year). The second was a gift of $50,000 donated by businessman Gordon Tang. The third was a surprise birthday cake to celebrate SSF Patron Ng Ser Miang's birthday. All broke out in song to cheer on the much loved and respected society figure.