For 16 years Asia pacific Superyachts has been organising the annual Asia Superyacht Rendezvous. 2016 saw Mai Khao at SALA Phuket Resort & Spa host the three-day event that featured parties, competitions and gala events that propelled this into an exceptional event.
A dose of friendly competition never hurt anyone and the participants at the event embraced the atmosphere when they went head to head for the Benetti Challenge and the Winner’s Cup. All work and no play was certainly not the motto for the participants and organisers. The crew and owner Mark Robba of the S/Y Dunia Baru welcomed guests on board for an unforgettable cocktail party while the SALA Restaurant was the venue for an elegant Gala Dinner.
Over the first race day, participants such as the S/Y Bliss, S/Y Dallinghoo, S/Y Aphrodite and S/Y Tiara took to the calm seas thanks to the light wind and clear skies to take on a sausage course. The day ended with three yachts crossing the finish lines within a minute of each other, making it an adrenaline-pumping end. The next day was met with stiff winds and lovely weather that was a welcome to those racing out at sea. Showing off their skills and workmanship, the four finalists put on an impressive performance that thrilled spectators.
Clinching the top spot was S/Y Aphrodite who became the champions of the inaugural ASR Winner’s Cup. Aphrodite’s Captain Simon Blundell who seems to have had a wonderful experience and expressed his interest in returning for the next Asia Superyacht Rendezvous upon accepting the award at the Gala Dinner. Sharing the same sentiment, SALA Resort Phuket General Manager Jon Ashenden said “It was the best thing we did, it really was. It’s brought exposure to the brand, and brought great recognition to the destination on Mai Khao. After experiencing this, we would love to be re-involved in this completely unique experience to our customers and our guests.”