Exclusive Interview with Mr Mark Robba, Owner of Sailing Yacht DUNIA BARU
Asia Superyacht Rendezvous, the most important superyacht regatta and event in South East Asia is to start in less than a month, bringing together a fleet of beautiful sailing and motor yachts for three days of relaxed socialising, fun activities and most importantly friendly sailing races in the beautiful Andaman Sea. Taking place from 16th to 18th December in Phuket, Thailand, ASR’s opening ceremony will be hosted by the traditional Phinisi-style sailing yacht DUNIA BARU, which is available for unforgettable charter vacations in South East Asia. Leading up to the opening cocktail party, we have spoken to Dunia Baru’s owner, Mr Mark Robba to find out more about the ASR as well as their decision to participate in the event.
DUNIA BARU is a beautiful traditional phinisi-style superyacht and second to none when it comes to South East Asia charter vacations. What made you decide to join Asia Superyacht Rendezvous this year?
We have wanted to join the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous for a number of years but our schedules have never before matched. However, last year we had such positive feedback from our clients in regards to chartering in the Mergui Archipelago, we decided to come to Thailand earlier this year, lending us the opportunity to also join this prestigious event.
What are your expectations when it comes to ASR?
Our first expectation at the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous is to have a really good time. We also hope to let others experience what makes Dunia Baru so special – the quality of the build, the level of detail and the maintenance that goes into Dunia Baru – keeping her in truly Bristol condition and maintaining her reputation as an exceptional yacht.
In addition to your participation in the event, DUNIA BARU will also host the opening cocktail party. I am sure the crew is already organising and planning for the event. Are there any highlights expected for this event?
In preparation for Asia SYR the crew has been busy ensuring the boat is in as-new condition. Our customers frequently comment they have never seen a boat as clean as Dunia Baru – our crew prides themselves in having the best-maintained yacht in SE Asia!
We have also upgraded the sound system on Dunia Baru for the opening night party – we want to emphasize Dunia Baru is the boat to be on when you really want to have a good time! Whether that be world-class diving under the watchful eye of our European Padi Dive instructor, eating the finest food prepared by our talented western chef – Tom Brett, use one of of wide selection of water toys – or turning the boat into a floating nightclub for party nights onboard.
Tom has also been working with Udin, our Indonesian chef, to create a mouth-watering selection of western and Asian appetizers.
When it comes to the charter market in South East Asia how do you see the future in terms of growth and popularity? Do you see an increase in requests and interest in more exotic, adventure-styled charters in the recent years?
It appears that people are getting tired of the crowded harbors of the Med and are seeking out remote areas where a wonderful anchorage can be enjoyed with no one else in sight. Last year we cruised in the Mergui Archipelago and saw one other yacht in the course of a seven day trip, while on a recent trip in Indonesia we didn’t see a single other yacht over the course of the ten day trip!
While it does take a bit more effort to get to SE Asia – people are finding out the extra effort is well worth it. Spending a day on a remote secluded beach, for example, with fine white sand and crystal clean water is always a special experience.
We are finding more and more requests to go places where there are no other boats – people want authentic adventure experiences.
What are the main cruising grounds DUNIA BARU is available at and what would be the ‘highlight destination’ on your itinerary?
Our cruising grounds include Raja Ampat, the Forgotten Islands, the Spice Islands and the Kai Islands of Eastern Indonesia – The Komodo National Park to Bali. Outside of Indonesia we venture as far north as the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar, the Western Coast of Thailand and the Andaman Islands of India.
What can the guests expect from a vacation onboard Dunia Baru? What sets her apart from other vessels in this area?
Charter guests on Dunia Baru can expect to have a great time. The vessel was built as family yacht and not for charter business. The quality of build and attention to detail shows this, and sets Dunia Baru in a class all her own!
About Asia Superyacht Rendezvous
Asia Superyacht Rendezvous is a prestigious invitation-only regatta, organised by Gordon Fernandes, General Manager of Asia Pacific Superyachts and Charles Dwyer, former superyacht Captain of YANNEKE TOO. It will take place at the beautiful SALA Phuket Resort and Spa, with the main co-sponsorship by Benetti and Asia Pacific Superyachts.