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May 2021

It’s a bumper newsletter for the end of May, but life is still in a state of flux, it seems (according to the IOC) that the Tokyo Olympics which are scheduled to start at the end of July will go ahead. It’s not easy to organise events these days but fortunately there is still plenty of news from our APSA members showing that the yachting industry continues to grow and expand the world over.

Held over two days, from 15-16 May, the first edition of Beneteau Cup in Asia concluded successfully in Hong Kong with perfect conditions that saw 21 yachts racing together including Mike Simpson on his Oceanis 46.1 Freedom. Despite being launched in the most challenging times, the inaugural Beneteau Cup Hong Kong was a huge success which helped foster a strong community feel among Beneteau owners and their teams.

At an online presentation reserved for the press, Azimut Yachts unveiled its new Azimut Grande Trideck flagship, the brand’s first yacht with three decks and an expression of the DNA that continues to give the company its signature ability to innovate in terms of design, style and construction. Azimut Grande Trideck has three decks “plus one”.

Southeast Asia offers new cruising grounds for many yachts and after a sustained period of low community infection levels, Singapore continues to welcome yachts and on 6 May, 2021, the Port Authority (MPA) introduced new requirements for visiting yachts.

YACHTZOO JAPAN has listed SILENT WORLD II 36m /120ft Christensen for sale at a bargain price. Silent World II was built in 1991 at Christensen and has a fiberglass hull, and was refitted in 2007. This timeless and magnificent superyacht is a true world cruiser with pedigree and huge interior volume, with expansive entertaining spaces inside and out.

In what has been a stellar week for leading Australian refit and repair provider Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard (GCCM), the landmark facility has been recognised and awarded on both the domestic and international stage for leading the field in providing innovative refit and repair solutions for Superyachts in the Asia-Pacific region.

Lee Marine have been the official Riviera dealers in Thailand for over 20 years and have gathered a deep knowledge and understanding of these luxury motor yachts over that time. With world beating warranties, and expert service, they ensure an ownership experience from start to finish that is second to none.

Captain Travis Heyen, at the helm of 70-metre Feadship, MY SAMAYA shares the highlights from his career as an international superyacht skipper, and some of his favourite aspects of his hometown, Brisbane.

The 2021 Australian Superyacht, Marine Export and Commercial Industry (ASMEX) Conference was held at Sanctuary Cove on Tuesday May 18 and successfully delivered a diverse and dynamic cross section of speakers and session topics on the Australian marine industry.

 Sail Lanka Yachting Group is currently building a new boatyard and training center facility in Jaffna, and the aim of this project is to establish a training center and a boatyard in the northern part of Sri Lanka, a region that was severely affected by the civil war from 1983 to 2009.

Sevenstar Yacht Transport announces the following Asia-Pacific sailings for the coming months. Some sailings are almost fully booked others still have ample space. If you are looking for transport for your yacht, or if you have a client who is looking for shipping to or from Asia – Pacific, please, contact your local Sevenstar office.

As the US, Netherlands and other nations begin to roll out vaccines to all seafarers, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published a Vaccination Roadmap framework to help establish vaccination hubs dedicated to seafarers across the world, alongside other major maritime NGOs.

Navigation may be second nature to many mariners, but for those crews who do not use this skill very often it can present some significant difficulties. The Shipowners Club has produced a series of booklets which aim to explain the fundamentals of navigation in a simple and concise manner.

Dear APSA Members and Friends,

I would like to thank all the APSA members who took time to participate in the 10th Annual General Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Superyacht Association, which was both an in-person and a live Zoom event. 

The Current May/June issue of Asia Pacific Boating focuses on sustainability, and the sea. There is an enormous amount of activity and plenty of issues to be addressed, and it is difficult to touch on them all.

The 10th annual ASMEX Conference was capped off with a beautiful evening commencing with Pre-Dinner Drinks sponsored Benetti Yachts followed by a celebration of the outstanding achievers in Australian superyacht, marine export and commercial Industry at the 2021 Australian Marine Industry Awards Gala Dinner.  

Data released at the Australian Superyacht, Marine Export and Commercial Industry Conference (ASMEX) by Superyacht Australia, the peak body for the superyacht industry, shows that foreign flagged superyachts stayed an average of 128 days in 2020 compared to an average of 73 days in 2019 representing a 75% increase in the length of stay.

With two units already sold and a third under construction, the new model confirms Sanlorenzo's determination to be a driving force of continuous evolution in the metal superyacht sector, raising existing standards time after time.

As there has been some speculation in the past few weeks as to changes/ restrictions in Thailand for foreign flagged vessels, APS hopes the following information will help clarify current protocols.