In this festive issue of YACHT STYLE released in October we celebrate the publication’s 10th anniversary with our key partners and more importantly with our discerning readers.
Given the number of supporting shipyards and curated anniversary plaudits (sadly, we only have so many pages to publish them) that have come in, I am pleased to say that we have, by all indications, developed into an essential companion to yachting lifestyles in Asia.
This festive issue has been released after a busy month spent down on the French Riviera, visiting the industry’s vital events from Cannes Yachting Festival to the Monaco Yacht Show (MYS).
From Azimut to YPI – celebrating 45 years this month – we were able to see first hand amazing yachts on display and no less than 108 models in Cannes alone of which many will be available in Asia over the next 12 months!
Our annual Yacht Style’s Top 100 Superyachts of Asia-Pacific has been redesigned with a summary and embedded stories highlighting that the much-promised arrival of Asia-Pacific as a heavyweight superyacht sector has now happened, as stressed by Feadship’s Farouk Nefzi, and that more marketing focus should be put into the region.
The Top 100 Superyachts list this year has not dramatically changed, with Lürssen and Fincantieri in the top slots. The cut-off level was 45m, up from 44m last year, the difference being that there are many more vessels in the 40m to 55m range now and about one third of this year’s list has changed as vessels come and go.
In this special issue, we take another look at Sanlorenzo’s spectacular rise under Massimo Perotti’s leadership. Our cover stars Seven Seas inside features highlight the fast development the Italian shipyard and its product range are experiencing, as reflected by the already strong sales in Asia with Simpson Marine.
In the “Onboard” section, we highlight the exciting four new Azimut models which will soon be available in Asia. Likewise for Ferretti’s Custom Line Navetta 33 which was released in Ibiza last Summer. Finally, we review the latest model offerings to arrive in Asia, from the distinctive Princess S62 which will make its first appearance in Asia during the Phuket RendezVous (link) in January 2018, to the spacious Sunreef Supreme 68, the Prestige 560 perfectly designed for Asian waters and Contest Yacht’s 67CS making its inaugural entry to Asia.
In a round-up of fishing news in the region, we look in particular at the opportunities for short fishing charter voyages to the oil rigs that now abound in the South China Sea, which become effective fish activation devices. A few possible sport fisher buys are discussed in what is to become a regular feature for the fishing fraternity, indulging in the world’s most popular pastime.
Regattas take up a substantial section as we cover everything from the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Sardinia, where soon Asia-bound yachtsman and superyacht owner Lord Irvine Laidlaw took another premier gong, to the Hamilton Island prelude to the Rolex Sydney-Hobart, where Karl Kwok is again challenging, and also the regional regattas about to start, like the Raja Muda and Phuket King’s Cup.
With 40 issues under our belt and more to come, the future of YACHT STYLE certainly looks bright.
Remember to mark your diaries for the PHUKET RENDEZVOUS (January 4 to 7, 2018), which will kick-off the year with the CHRISTOFLE YACHT STYLE (link) Awards!