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Inaugural Taiwan International Boat Show: A three-day Promotional Event

April 18, 2014

Today, April 18, 2014, saw the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) launch a three day promotional event in downtown Kaohsiung, in order to welcome the arrival of Taiwan’s first-ever international boat show, coming to the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center from May 8 to 11, and to underscore Taiwan’s boat show as the crowning event of six decades of industry in yacht making.


Micro-booths beckon coming Taiwan Int’l Boat Show
With this pre-show outdoor promo campaign comes a flotilla of scale-model yachts that are being displayed at Hanshin Arena Shopping Plaza. This micro-fleet of 10 mini-yachts — by Horizon, Kha Shing, PRESIDENT, TAYANA, Johnson, Ting Hai, Corum and Shing Sheng Fa give a sneak peek of Taiwan’s world-renowned shipbuilding craftsmanship.

And with them comes ARITEX, Asia’s largest yacht part manufacturer who is throwing in the anchor to mark the launch of the Taiwan Int’l Boat Show, a milestone in the country’s yacht-building history.

Success of the May show is certain since it combines full support from central and local governments and the industry. It’s organized by the Bureau of Foreign Trade and Kaohsiung City Government, implemented by TAITRA and held under the auspices of Taiwan Yacht Industry Association.

The show will undoubtedly enhance the global competitiveness of the Taiwanese yachting sector. Already May’s show has already won much enthusiasm and pre-registration from boat companies from home and abroad.

60 Luxury Yachts to display with Components in 8 Areas
Taiwan’s yachting industry holds global acclaim for its quality production that dates back six decades. The ShowBoats International’s report showed that Taiwan filled orders for large yachts (80-foot or longer) totaling 5,656 feet in length in 2014, making it the world’s 6th largest and Asia’s top yacht-manufacturing hub.

The first Taiwan International Boat Show brings together these strengths to further profile the island’s incredible output. Those visiting the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center this May will be treated to all ranges of large yachts and yacht-related products or services that are featured in the 27-meter-high, pillar-less South Hall and North Hall in conjunction with an on-the-water yacht exhibit at Wharf 22.

The show hosts 27 Taiwanese, Swedish and German shipbuilders who are displaying 60 luxury yachts, sailboats and power-driven vessels both indoors and at the pier. Meanwhile, 139 component and equipment suppliers from Taiwan, Australia, the U.S., New Zealand, UK, Italy, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Indonesia are going to turn the exhibition floors into a treasure trove of hardware, generators, engines, underwater propellers, navigational instruments, radar devices, radio systems among other electronics, interior remodeling or design solutions, ship furnishings, maintenance equipment/services and maritime recreation amenities.

Get your elite yacht, villa & Maserati!
Joining it is luxury residence provider GREATSUN Architecture Co. that offers the show’s one and only titanium sponsorship through a cross-industry partnership, targeting upscale consumers visiting this unprecedented event. And nearby further emphasizing the elegance of the yachting event is a Maserati sports car show presented by Modena Motori, the holder of this iconic Italian brand’s exclusive distribution rights in Taiwan.

Eye-Opening Seminars on Taiwan’s Maritime Heritage
Many in Taiwan will be astonished to learn of the country’s rich maritime heritage. Taiwan, a nation surrounded by water, shaped by maritime history, and boasts a wealth of maritime resources.

The Taiwan International Boat Show is aimed at inspiring a sea-oriented culture unique to the island. With an array of workshops and speeches held on its sidelines, the show aims at encouraging domestic makers to go global while offering visitors a fresh vision on “maritime culture.”

The show’s forums and many related events are tailored to different demographic groups, for both beginners and advanced yachting enthusiasts. For instance, the exciting Knowledge Box offers a rare peek into the maritime entertainment sector with expert guidance on recreational marine activities, yachts and sailboats.

Meanwhile the “Sailing Experience Sharing,” unfolds a workshop lead by Captains Nelson Liu, Ding Shawn Lin and Sylvia Utoto Tsui, among other prominent figures in Taiwan’s sailing sectors. They all share a rare passion for marine navigation. Boating industry experts will also address the county’s new yachting regulations and maritime entertainment with a focus on yacht marketing, regulations, safety, business practices and fishing-port empowerment.

Tickets for the Public Available via iBon Kiosks in Convenience Stores
The first Taiwan International Boat Show will be open to both industry insiders and the general public across Taiwan.

Participants from overseas and Taiwanese boating-related companies may register online to gain admission confirmation and get their own badges at the venue. The general public is advised to pre-order tickets through ibon kiosks at 7-ELEVEN convenience stores. In addition to the NT$250 early-bird offer valid from April 7 to 27, a special NT$300 pre-order price is available from April 28 to May 7. During the exhibition, tickets of NT$380 can be purchased at the door.

Italy’s Marina di Loano inaugurates new Superyacht Area

April 18, 2014

Nestled in the fabulous Italy yacht charter destination – Liguria, Marina di Loano, owned by Gruppo Unipol, revealed a new Superyacht Area yesterday, on April 17, 2014, confirming its position as European and Mediterranean yachting hub. The Area has been built with cutting edge technology and can accommodate recreational vessels measuring from 55 to 77 metres (180-250ft). More than 100 guests participated in the inauguration, comprising local authorities, superyacht brokers, captains and owners from Italy and abroad, local entrepreneurs, as well as national and international media.

Marina in Loano - Italy - Superyacht Area

Marina in Loano - Italy - Superyacht Area

Gianluca Santi, President of Marina di Loano, said of the new development: “Through the new Superyacht Area, Marina di Loano consolidates its leadership position in the world of European and international yachting, becoming a benchmark in the large yacht segment. At the same time the Marina offers the whole territory of Western Liguria additional opportunities in terms of accommodation capacity ensuring a positive impact on local tourism”.

According to the latest figures released by Federagenti, the National Maritime Broker and Agent Federation in Italy, the global fleet of yachts over 30 metres (90 feet) will continue to grow steadily in the medium to long term (2015-2032). The figures also demonstrate that the Mediterranean is the destination of choice for 74% of recreational vessels operating in the international charter market and that Italy is the world leader in orders of pleasure craft (36%). In the report Federagenti also states that since 2012, new orders in shipyards that buildyachts of over 30 metres are on the rise having declined between 2009 and 2010.

Thanks to a new mooring plan, Marina di Loano boasts more than 800 berths reserved to vessels ranging between 6 and 25 metres and a total of 32 berths dedicated to recreational yachts measuring up to 77 metres (250 feet), of which seven are in the Superyacht Area.

Marina di Loano - New Superyacht Area

Marina di Loano - New Superyacht Area

“Our aim was to create a dedicated area on floating pontoons that on one hand would assure the strength and efficiency of a fixed pier and that on the other would offer the flexibility of a floating dock,” explained Marco Cornacchia, Director of Marina di Loano. “This was a challenge from a design point of view as we wanted to make sure that the walkways would aesthetically fit inwith the existing curving fixed pier: the floating quay is 122 metres long and 3,5 metres wide. Finally we had to take into account the significant size of the yachts we were going to be accommodating and the interaction with the three finger pontoons. These are up to 77 metres long and 2,8 metres wide and areanchored to a floating dock, which also has the function of service pier”.

Marina Di Loano inaugurates new Superyacht Area

Marina Di Loano inaugurates new Superyacht Area

The mooring system is anchored by 24 steel poles, 14 metres high and with a diameter of 810 mmthat have been driven into the harbour bed up to half their length. Two of the leading companies in the design and construction of this kind of complex structure took part in the project: Interprogetti, an Italian engineering company specialised in maritime and environmental work, and Bellingham Marine, an American company and global leader in building marinas, that specialises in the construction of floating docks.

Marina Di Loano unveils new Superyacht Area

Marina Di Loano unveils new Superyacht Area

All areas of operation and mooring have a five-metre (17ft) draft and every berth is equipped with IPS Service System columns that include drinking water and electrical power hook-up with free energy up to 400 amperes. Wi-Fi Internet, video surveillance and a fire alarm system are available in the entire area.

Marina di Loano also offers its guests a truly unique experience at the Yacht Club Marina di Loano, which includes nine suites, three meeting rooms, three lounge-bars, a restaurant and a solarium with an outdoor pool,which in the summertime is complemented by the Marina Beach on the east coast. The Amico Loano Shipyard as well as many opportunities that the area offers in terms of diving, tennis, golf clubs and cultural and gastronomic itineraries represent additional advantages for yachtsmen and women who choose to make Marina di Loano their home port.

Marina di Loano in numbers:

State land grant: 60 years
Total land grant area: 356,000 square metres
Total water surface area: 330,000 square metres

A highly successful Singapore Yacht Show 2014

April 17, 2014

The last day of this year’s Singapore Yacht Show saw an amazingly successful event, attended by satisfied exhibitors, celebrating more high-quality visitors as well as more leads than ever before, with plenty of reported sales.

Singapore Yacht Show 2014 @Michael Denker @YachtsXL

Singapore Yacht Show 2014 @Michael Denker @YachtsXL

Around 14,000 public and trade visitors from all over Asia attended the event, which featured a total of 96 watercraft, from jet skis and tenders to luxury motorboats and elegant super yachts, covering a total area some 50% bigger than last year’s show.

Managing director of organisers Singapore Yacht Events, Andy Treadwell, said, “These numbers clearly demonstrate that people in this region are increasingly enthusiastic about boating. The feedback we have had from our exhibitors and sponsors shows that everybody now sees the Singapore Yacht Show as Asia’s number one event for the global yachting industry.”

Brokers, builders, marine industry brands and lifestyle exhibitors alike all reported having a truly excellent show with impressive numbers of highly qualified visitors expressing serious interest.

Singapore Yacht Show 2014 from above

Singapore Yacht Show 2014 from above@Michael Denker @YachtsXL

Charlie Birkett, CEO of first-time exhibitors Y.CO, which jointly represented the 67m S/Y Vertigo, told SuperyachtNews he was very pleased with the interest they had received over the event. “This show is fantastic and we are very happy to be here. We’ve seen a lot of people who have shown interest in S/Y Vertigo, the star of the show, which we are presenting here for charter. We take this region really seriously.” Birkett said.

Mike Simpson, CEO of Simpson Marine, Asia’s largest and longest-established yacht broker and dealer, agreed: “The sun has been shining on a fantastic show that is packed with boats. It’s very interesting to see how the show has developed over the last few years since it was started. We see this as the key show for the region.”

Last day of SYS 2014

Last day of SYS 2014@Michael Denker @YachtsXL

Many of the biggest and best-known yacht builders in the world were in attendance. Michael Breman, Sales Director of Lürssen Yachts, builder of M/Y Azzam, at 180m the world’s biggest yacht, commented: “Singapore is the hub for a larger region so it is a good backdrop to have an event like this where you can show your brand to the affluent. For Lürssen, the Singapore Yacht Show is the cornerstone in the building of [our] brand awareness in Asia”.

Other world-leading shipyards echoed Breman’s views. Burak Akgül, managing director of Perini Navi Group, was also enthusiastic about the potential for the big yards in Asia: “This first occasion that we’re at the Singapore Yacht Show is a great opportunity. We’ve had some interesting appointments made, with some very recognisable names, [for] introducing the Picchiotti and Perini Navi products.”

Majesty Yachts at SYS

Majesty Yachts at SYS@Michael Denker @YachtsXL

While the superyachts draw much of the attention, being highly visible and inspirational, and therefore a seriously important part of the “educational” aspect of developing the industry in Asia, it is in the smaller production boat sector that the builders can expect to see most rapid growth and uptake. Leading players in this arena were also highly impressed with SYS 2014. “I have been to many boat shows all around the world, and this particular show has grown tremendously in size and there is huge potential here. We have been very happy with the clients that we have been talking to”, commented Alister Brunksill, Princess South East Asia.

The show organisers also ran the Asia Pacific Yachting Conference (APYC), a yachting industry forum, as part of the event, as well as a ‘Captains Lounge’, where business to business networking was the order of the day. Chief Executive of Superyacht Australia MaryAnne Edwards, which sponsored both of the aforementioned, was impressed: “Over four years, the Singapore Yacht Show will have quadrupled and I think that now, it is really becoming the superyacht show in Asia.”

Sunseeker at SYS

Sunseeker at SYS@Michael Denker @YachtsXL

Alexander Tesch, MD of MTU Asia, which co-sponsored the APYC and Captains Lounge with Superyacht Australia and Sevenstar Yacht transport, added: “For MTU, the Singapore Yacht Show is a very good showcase for what we can offer here in this region. The event has grown every year and we believe it is the strongest show here in Asia. We are very happy to be part of it and we hope to see it continue to expand over the coming years.”

Complementary lifestyle and industry services exhibitors also commended the quality of visitors at the show. Andreas Arnold, head of key account management at Luxaviation Group, one of the show’s main sponsors this year, said: “We have had great feedback, especially in charter, but also in aircraft management solutions from the whole of South East Asia.” His CEO, Barth Foucart, Luxaviation, added: “The reason we partner with the Singapore Yacht Show is that the public looking for this type of boats, is the same market we are targeting for private jet flights”.

Singapore Yacht Show 2014 by night

Singapore Yacht Show 2014 by night@Michael Denker @YachtsXL

While yachting and boating was naturally the main focus for the show, it would be impossible to ignore the enormous enthusiasm for supercars and fashion in Singapore and the wider region. Making special appearances over the weekend, local car owner clubs for Ferrari and Lamborghini put on crowd-drawing convoys of over 30 and 20 vehicles respectively. And the complementary luxury lifestyle elements continued with fashion shows from Camilla by Wattletree, JOG Swimwear and White Moon. To ensure VIPs arrived and departed in style befitting the show, BMW provided a courtesy car service, taking guests practically from doorstep to passarelle.

Karl Hamman, Singapore CEO of insurance provider QBE said he had thoroughly enjoyed his first year of partnering the Singapore Yacht Show: “The show has completely surpassed expectations and is a true testament to the growth potential in the industry.”

Asia Pacific Yachting Conference

Asia Pacific Yachting Conference - Image credit to Singapore Yacht Show

The event’s organisers have already been inundated with enquiries from potential exhibitors and sponsors hoping to get involved in next year’s show.

Entries for Panerai British Classic Week 2014 now open

April 17, 2014

The British Classic Yacht Club (BCYC), in collaboration with the event sponsor Officine Panerai, are delighted to announce that entries for the 2014 Panerai British Classic Week are now open. The event will take place in Cowes, Isle of Wight, running from Saturday 12th to Saturday 19th July 2014.


Panerai British Classic Week is one of the highlights of the UK’s sailing calendar and this year’s event promises to be another spectacular celebration of classic yachting. With teams travelling from across Europe the Solent and Cowes Yacht Haven will be awash with glistening varnish and sparkling brass work as the crews compete for racing glory and enjoy a fun filled après sailing social programme. The famous and highly challenging “Around the Island Race” will once again be a highlight of the event as will the popular “Je Ne Sais Quoi” competition where the sailors themselves vote for the boat they feel has that certain something.

This is the thirteenth edition of the BCYC’s annual regatta for classic and vintage yachts, and it is the fifth year that the event has formed part of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge Series (PCYC), which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The regatta attracts an extraordinarily diverse entry ranging from the iconic classics including designs by Fife, Mylne, Nicholson, Giles, Illingworth, McGruer and Sparkman & Stephens, through to boats whose background stories are as important and fascinating as their design and racing pedigree.

An entry of more than 70 boats is expected this year and alongside the historic yachts, the oldest of which is more than 100 years old, there will once again be a strong field in the modern classics division. The newest boat taking part will be the brand new Spirit 74 yacht, which will be making her debut at the regatta having been commissioned only a few weeks before.

Fleet of 34 international yachts start Rolex China Sea Race

April 17, 2014

Yesterday, April 16, 2014, saw the official start of this year’s 27th edition of the 565-nm Rolex China Sea Race, attended by a strong fleet of 34 international yachts. With Hong Kong’s impressive skyscraper skyline forming a domineering backdrop, the fleet made a clean start under a steady easterly breeze of eight knots.

Rolex China Sea Race 2014 Race Start - Image by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Rolex China Sea Race 2014 Race Start - Image by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

The largest competing boat and favourite for line honours superyacht Ragamuffin 90 made a positive start, immediately pulling ahead of the fleet following the 13:20 start in Victoria Harbour. Syd Fischer, Ragamuffin’s legendary Australian skipper, was in confident mood dockside. “We believe we can get line honours as long as we don’t make mistakes or sit in a hole which can happen in this shifty weather. We’ve got to pay attention to detail. The golden rule for us is to get between the other boats and the finish!”

Rolex China Sea Race 2014 Race Start - Maxi yacht Ragamuffin leading - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Rolex China Sea Race 2014 Race Start - Maxi yacht Ragamuffin leading - Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

At 18:00 local time, Ragamuffin 90 yacht maintained her lead over the fleet and lay some 525-nm from the finish. The four 52-ft yachts – Freefire, Hi Fi, Lucky and Standard Insurance Centennial were in close pursuit travelling at a consistent 10 knots. Ragamuffin 90 was forecasting an ETA at the finish line in Subic Bay, The Philippines of around two days, five hours meaning early Friday evening. That would be some way short of the current race record of 47 hours, 43 minutes.

Luxury sailing yacht Ragamuffin 90 - the largest competing boat in the 2014 Rolex China Sea Race - Photo by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Luxury sailing yacht Ragamuffin 90 - the largest competing boat in the 2014 Rolex China Sea Race - Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Ernesto Echauz, Standard Insurance Centennial skipper and two-time race winner, was also in buoyant mood. “It is highly competitive race, with excellent sailors and scientific strategies. To win the key components are teamwork, equipment and good routing.” As the only Philippines entry, Echauz knows his crew will receive a warm welcome at the finish in Subic Bay.

Teamwork on superyacht Ragamuffin 90 following the race start - Image by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Teamwork on superyacht Ragamuffin 90 following the race start - Image by Rolex Kurt Arrigo

“The long term forecast is for it to go light but that’s the South China Sea at this time of year,” explained Alex Johnston, Sailing Manager of organizers the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC). It is going to be a very tactically challenging race.”

Rolex China Sea Race 2014 to kick off tomorrow

April 15, 2014

Final preparations are in full swing for the 27th Rolex China Sea Race, Asia’s principal offshore competition, which is set to kick off tomorrow, on Wednesday, 16 April. A fleet of 34 yachts from eight nations are expected to make the start line in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong ahead of a 565-nm race through the South China Sea to Subic Bay, The Philippines.

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club ahead of the 2014 Rolex China Sea Race - Photo credit to Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club ahead of the 2014 Rolex China Sea Race - Photo credit to Rolex Kurt Arrigo

“The Rolex China Sea Race is without question our most important and best known offshore race,” explained Joachim Isler, Commodore of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. “We have competitors from all over the world and it is the first time we have broken the 30-boat threshold in this millennium. We are delighted to see that. In terms of conditions, it should be a medium to light race. It could get tough for the crews in terms of patience at points of very light airs.” Isler, also co-skipper of the 41-ft Ambush, will be taking part in the race for the eighth time.

Among the international entrants is the predominantly American crew onboard Brian Ehrhart’s TP52 Lucky, overall winner of the 2010 Rolex Middle Sea Race. The Lucky crew includes Australian navigator Adrienne Cahalan, multiple line honours winner at the Rolex Sydney Hobart onboard the all-conquering 100-ft Maxi superyacht Wild Oats XI. “This is my first time doing the race and indeed sailing in Hong Kong, The Philippines or the South China Sea,” revealed Cahalan. “I’ve sailed with the team before and there is a nice fleet of TP52s, so we’re looking forward to good close, racing.” Lucky will face strong competition on the water from two TP52 rivals Freefire and Standard Insurance Centennial, the latter skippered by Ernesto Echauz (overall winner in 1998 and 2008).

Joachim Isler, Commodore of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club - Image credit to Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Joachim Isler, Commodore of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club - Image credit to Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Geoff Hill skippered sailing yacht Genuine Risk to line honours in 2012 and is aiming for a repeat performance this time onboard 72-ft sailing yacht Antipodes (GBR). “This is a real ocean race in the true sense of the word,” explained Hill. “It’s very challenging in terms of the conditions and a true test of seamanship and experience.”

Genuine Risk remains favourite for line honours in 2014 although under its new guise as the Syd Fischer-skippered superyacht Ragamuffin 90.

The defending champion is Jonathan Mahony’s Humphreys 42 Zanzibar, keen to start off where she finished in 2012. “We signed up for the 2014 race within half an hour of the posting of the Notice of Race,” explained Mahony. “We’ve sailed together for ten years or more and we know each other quite well. Usually in this race you start off with the cold weather in Hong Kong, it is a bit chilly, a bit windy, then it gets warmer and warmer.” No boat has successfully defended its Rolex China Sea Race title since the mid-1960s, a daunting challenge as Mahony admits: “The odds are probably against us as the fleet is larger and stronger this time around and includes many former winners.”

One of those former winners is Rolex China Sea Race veteran Neil Pryde who first competed in the race in 1968 and is aiming to add to his impressive haul of Rolex China Sea Race honours which includes two overall and two line honours victories. “Line honours is probably out of reach considering we have two much bigger boats in the fleet this year but we are certainly looking for a podium position and overall first place is definitely on the agenda,” said Pryde, owner of the Welbourne 52 Hi Fi.

The course record to beat was set by Karl Kwok on his Volvo 60 Beau Geste (elapsed time 47 hours, 43 minutes and 7 seconds) in 2000.

The 2014 Rolex China Sea Race commences at 13:20 local time tomorrow. The race is organized by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) and has been sponsored by Rolex since 2008.


Wednesday, 16 April

13:20 Race start, Victoria Harbour – Hong Kong

Sunday, 20 April

17:00 Location prizegiving, Subic Bay Yacht Club, The Philippines

Wednesday, 30 April

19:00 – 21:00 Final prizegiving, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

All times listed are local

Australian Superyacht Industry at Singapore Yacht Show 2014

April 14, 2014

Thanks to Superyacht Australia, the capability as well as expertise of the Australian superyacht industry were well presented at the 2014 Singapore Yacht Show and Conference over the 6-day period. These events provided a platform to showcase what Australia has to offer to the Asian market and were facilitated via the Australian governments Asia engagement strategy programme.

Andy Treadwell, MaryAnne Eswards and Bruce Maxwell

Andy Treadwell, MaryAnne Edwards and Bruce Maxwell

The networking events organized during the show and conference were considered by many more valuable than the conference itself.  Key stakeholders from around the world were at the show, some not exhibiting but making sure they had a good feel for what is happening in Asia and evaluating the show for next year.  The Captains Lounge was a hub of activity attracting many of the Captains, key media and stakeholders over the 4 day period.  The lounge was sponsored by Superyacht Australia and prominent industry player MTU.  MTU, also a Superyacht Australia member had a significant presence at the show.

Peter Luke, Superyacht Solutions, a key Australian business in the superyacht sector stated “Singapore is certainly now for our company the leading show in Asia.  It is the ideal hub for the Asian industry for a number of reasons, the language, the facilities and the ease of access.  The show has been really valuable for us in the identification of business opportunities and the opportunity to network with the key players.  Luke said “Having a platform like the Captains Lounge to use as a base and to catch up with industry was invaluable for the Australian members present and this kind of support from your industry association is what you want to see.”

Steffan Panaho Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development MaryAnne Edwards Superyacht Australia CEO and Arthur Tay Marine One 15

Steffan Panaho - Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development, MaryAnne Edwards - Superyacht Australia CEO and Arthur Tay - Marine One 15

Similar comments were received from Hillary Buckman Editor- in -chief and Director of Ocean Magazine, a media partner for the event.  Buckman said “With part of our focus looking to push more into Asia being at the show was critical to get a feel for the Asian Market and catch up with industry personalities.”  Buckman said “Having Superyacht Australia sponsor the welcome function for the conference and partnering with MTU in the Captain’s lounge was great profile for Australia and a real benefit to the members present. Ocean Magazine supported the Australian presence by placing their magazines in the lounge.

Asia is a critical market for Australia with the ever growing number of yachts cruising in the region. Despite the fact that chartering is not as easy as the industry would like, this is not stopping a strong focus on bringing the big yachts to Asia. This was clearly evident with the number of global brands displaying yachts at the Singapore Yacht show with several members of SYBASS present. With over 80 boats and superyachts like charter yacht Cloud 9, motor yacht Exuma & sailing yacht Vertigo amongst this significant on water display, the Singapore Yacht show has certainly come of age.

CLOUD 9 - Profile

CLOUD 9 - Profile

Marine one 15 owned by Arthur Tay, is the perfect venue for this event and one would have to be impressed by Tay’s initiatives, foresight & design when developing this amazing complex of accommodation, marina, conference facilities and restaurants.  Having the W hotel in the complex alongside high end residences makes this spot the perfect location for Asia’s premier yacht show.

It can certainly be claimed by show owner Andy Treadwell that this is becoming without doubt the premier superyacht show in the Asia Pacific region. Treadwell and his team of experienced players Phil Blake, Nicola Tyler, Clare Wray plus many others understand what it takes to put on a successful show, they worked tirelessly to ensure exhibitor’s expectations were met, never an easy task with so many competing interests.

Superyacht Australia CEO MaryAnne Edwards said
“Having a presence at this show is important for Australia. It is the perfect platform to promote the capability and expertise in the Australian superyacht sector and speak to key stakeholders regarding the attractions cruising Australia has to offer. Yes we are a long way from traditional markets but there is no doubt with Asia becoming such a hub, cruising further down to Australia is becoming far more attractive and feasible. The quality of our refit yards and the experience of our superyacht agents are well known. Feedback received at the show by Superyacht Australia members present: Rivergate, Superyacht Solutions, Ocean Alliance, Riviera, Ocean Media and other key Australian players in the superyacht sector confirms Australia is considered a key player in the market. We just have to work harder to get our government to see the huge potential in this industry sector.”

Going up against the Shanghai show always meant a number of key Australia players would be absent however Edwards said she believed next year if the dates did not clash a greater contingent of Australian exhibitors would be at the show.

Edwards said “It will be interesting to see the true outcomes from the show and the growth in visitor numbers.  It is always hard to quantify the true results from these events but whatever we hear in the media, the true picture will certainly circulate word of mouth around the industry. For Australia it will be critical to maintain a high profile in Asia to take advantage of the opportunities this growing region creates for the Australian superyacht sector and we for one will be back next year.”

Publication of Notice of Race for RORC Transatlantic Race

April 11, 2014

The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) is delighted to announce the publication of the Notice of Race for the RORC Transatlantic Race. The event will kick off from Lanzarote, Canary Islands on Saturday 29th November 2014, finishing in the fabulous Caribbean yacht charter destination – Grenada.


The Notice of Race can be viewed and downloaded from the RORC Transatlantic Race website or by contacting the RORC Race Office.

Organised by The Royal Ocean Racing Club in Association with the International Maxi Association, the race is supported by: Puerto Calero Marina, Lanzarote, Camper & Nicholsons Marina Port Louis, Grenada and Grenada Tourism.

Sunreef Yachts attending China (Shanghai) International Boat Show 2014

April 11, 2014

Following a very successful 5th edition of Hainan Superyachts – Business Jets – Luxury Lifestyle Exhibition with 2 luxury catamarans on display: already popular in the whole of China Sunreef 70 Sail yacht FENG and the Grand Chinese Premiere of 70 Sunreef Power charter yacht DAMRAK II, Sunreef Yachts is currently present at the China (Shanghai) International Boat Show, introducing its new concepts – 210 Power Trimaran superyacht, Sunreef 165 Ultimate yacht, as well as 90 Sunreef Power yacht. The event will last until Sunday, April 13, 2014.

Sunreef Yachts attending the China (Shanghai) International Boat Show 2014

Sunreef Yachts attending the China (Shanghai) International Boat Show 2014

Sunreef Yachts is the world’s leader in luxury custom made catamarans, design and construction. In 13 years of existence we have launched 70 luxury catamarans in the 60 – 114 feet range, which are cruising in different locations around the world. The company has opened its China office in January 2013 and continuous expanding in the area with the Chinese team of 4 managed by Ewa Stachurska – Managing Director of China. After one year of marketing promotion, more and more people begin to pay close attention to Sunreef catamarans understanding and appreciating a concept of a luxury catamaran custom made that combines best assets of multihulls and luxury yachts in one. Sunreef Yachts team is situated in booth F29.

70 Sunreef Power charter yacht DAMRAK II from above

70 Sunreef Power charter yacht DAMRAK II from above

At the same time Sunreef Yachts is present at the Singapore Yacht Show 2014 – one of SE Asia‘s most glamorous yachting events. The show is held at ONE° 15 Marina Club, Sentosa Cove. This year Sunreef Yachts exquisite 70 Sunreef Power unit – charter yacht DAMRAK II that has already come back from the Sanya – Hainan Exhibition. Sunreef Yachts invites you to visit the yacht at berth no. B-07-08 and meet with the team in person.

Preliminary notice of New Zealand Millennium Cup 2015

April 10, 2014

The preliminary notice of the New Zealand Millennium Cup 2015 has been officially launched to industry on April 9, and superyachts with a taste for adventure are kindly invited to join the dash for line honours.

Luxury sailing yacht Silvertip at the NZ Millennium Cup

Luxury sailing yacht Silvertip at the NZ Millennium Cup

The dates have been set, the courses are being finalised and the 2015 New Zealand Millennium Cup is lining up to be one of the best editions of the superyacht regatta, yet. With the preliminary notice of race ready for distribution to the global superyacht industry, we’re pleased to announce the New Zealand Millennium Cup will be back; held in the new location of the beautiful Bay of Islands.

Already considered the premier superyacht regatta of the South Pacific, the New Zealand Millennium Cup has built a reputation for close-fought, fun racing, since the inaugural edition in 2000. Drawing attention to New Zealand’s beautiful cruising grounds, skilled workforce and innovative industry, we’re looking forward to delivering an event which showcases the best of New Zealand’s superyacht sector in a laid-back, recognisably-Kiwi style.

A key focus of the regatta is to encourage extended cruising within the country, and the Cup committee will be working closely with the wider industry to ensure yachts are aware of the diversity New Zealand waters present, as well as the opportunity for world-leading refit and repair services. This is the place for yachts with a thirst for adventure; for the wanderers, the trail-blazers and the explorers. For the first time the New Zealand Millennium Cup will be incorporated into the Bay of Islands Sailing Week; a hugely popular week-long regatta with a reputation for exceptional racing on the emerald waters of this sub-tropical part of New Zealand.

Luxury superyacht Zefiro under sail

Luxury superyacht Zefiro under sail

“Incorporating the New Zealand Millennium Cup in a vibrant and well-run regatta offers another attraction for a superyacht to visit New Zealand and maybe stay longer,” says Busfield. “We also envisage a flow-on benefit to Auckland and beyond from a larger number of superyachts and other cruising yachts visiting the Bay of Islands,” says Busfield.

Feedback from captains and owners who participated in 2013’s regatta was overwhelmingly positive; they heaped praise on the competitive local crew and ethos of the event.

“It’s a fun regatta with a competitive edge. You don’t need to spend thousands flying in rock-star crew, there are plenty of world class guys locally who will jump at the chance to help you get round the track in one piece,” said Captain Blair Macleod of S/Y Silvertip.

Gerhard Ruether, captain and owner of S/Y Zefiro, enjoyed the change of pace compared to his more usual haunts of Mediterranean and Caribbean regattas. “We had a lot of fun. The regatta was well organised and the atmosphere easy and pleasant. I would recommend any captain and/or owner planning cruises in the Pacific to arrange to visit the beautiful country New Zealand as a must and organise their stay timewise, so that participation in the Millennium Cup is not missed.”

The Cup’s committee are looking forward to reinforcing the event’s reputation as the premier superyacht regatta in the South Pacific and would welcome the chance to discuss the event with any captains and owners interested in joining the dash for the line.

Key information:

•    The New Zealand Millennium Cup 2015 preliminary notice of race was officially launched to New Zealand Marine Export Group members – the organising industry body – on Wednesday 9 April at the Auckland offices of NZ Marine.
•    The Cup will run from 21 to 23 January in conjunction with the Bay of Islands Sailing Week.
•    Sheltered anchorages have been reserved for superyachts at Opua.
•    The Cup committee consists of:
•    Stuart Robinson – Robinson Interiors
•    Chris McMaster – Doyle Sails
•    Dean Agnew – Trillian Trust
•    Ray Haslar – Bay of Islands Sailing Week
•    Ross Blackman – Far North Holdings
•    Andrew Riddell – Bay of Islands Sailing Week
•    Isla McKechnie – Albatross PR
•    Peter Busfield – NZ Marine
•    Michelle Khan – NZ Marine
•    Chris Burgess – NZ Marine
•    Stacey Cook – NZ Marine