This issue we start with new models being released at the important Miami and Dubai Boat Shows leading up to the Singapore Yacht Show mid-April, YACHT STYLE is partnering with. The leading European builders are really excelling themselves in the variety, sheer quality and value-for-money of crafts, and we hope you will enjoy this wide-ranging preview of what is presented, from sailing multihulls to very large and sophisticated motor yachts.
In this respect, our Shipyard Review focusses on The Italian Sea Group (Admiral and Tecnomar) making a remarkable entry into the Asian markets with the sale of two Tecnomar Evo 120 Ice White Edition series to Chinese clients, the first of which to be delivered in July.
Superyacht news includes some very interesting developments at Asia-Pacific based yards as well at European and American ones, and it is worth noting that in 2018-2019 some of the largest superyachts in the world will be delivered to Asia-Pacific owners, not least the aluminium 84m White Rabbit G arriving from Echo Yachts of Western Australia for a prominent Singapore family. Their 46m composite “tender”, Charley, made her debut last year, and it is capable of expedition-style voyages in her own right.
In the Regatta reports, we look back at aspects of the Volvo Ocean Race calls in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, and forward with previews of the Rolex China Sea Race from Hong Kong to Subic Bay. In addition, there is the incredible “Retro” non-stop solo Around-the-World Race, being held on the 50th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s start in the Golden Globe Race, in which he was the only competitor to get back. In this event 20 yachtsmen have committed to sail 32 to 36 foot boats in the Southern Ocean using only sextants and loglines available in Sir Robin’s day. That event starts 1 July, but there is a big celebration in Falmouth in England beforehand.
Chartering is the annual theme of this Yacht Style issue, and this year we have approached it by looking firstly at the destinations readers may wish to visit, and then choosing one or more of the vessels that serve them.
This has led to incredibly varied options, anything from multihulls which are increasingly popular in charter fleets to the largest superyachts charging over US$500,000 a week. Surprisingly, though, if one looks carefully at some of the tips offered in these features, chartering a superyacht may not be as expensive as it seems at first glance: weekly rates are often shared between four or five couples, which makes the experience seem more reasonably priced and by any means a lifetime one. For the traditionalists, there are the lovely phinisis such as Dunia Baru and Silolona plying Asia’s exotic seas and straits.
Singapore readers may well be interested in trying the Sunreef Blaze 11 going regularly to the Anambas Islands. We also report on new charters offered in Nha Trang, Vietnam. What about a “bucket list” cruise in the South of France in September? Doing so could be easier than one thinks.
Exclusive Yacht Reviews include four big boats in this issue: a Sunseeker 95 in the Philippines, the intriguing Hong Kong-owned Feadship Letani, Heesen’s Book Ends being shown at the Palm Beach Boat Show late March, and Amels 55m Lili which has just arrived in Southeast Asian waters and is available for charter. The reviews continue with latest mid-range models being released by leading European builders, all being showcased at the Singapore Yacht Show.
In our People pages, check out the interview with Sunreef Yachts CEO & Founder Francis Lapp who touches on various aspects of this Polish yard’s range expansion into Asia-Pacific waters, and separately we look at Edith Ho’s “Gallery des Artistes” who plays a colourful role in the interior decoration for Ferretti Group vessels.
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