Asia Superyacht Rendezvous Gears Up For Dec 16-18 Phuket Event
Published: Wednesday, 10 December 2014
The Asia Superyacht Rendezvous will be celebrating its 14th year Dec 16-18, showcasing many beauties of the sea together with some of the best delights that Phuket has to offer. Among the eclectic fleet that will be anchored under the beautiful Kata Rocks resort, which recently hosted its grand opening, will be boats with very diverse heritage and stories.
A few of the yachts participating include S/Y Sunshine, launched in 2003 in Myanmar and classified as a vintage yacht; M/Y Titania, which recently underwent an extensive refit that extended the stern by almost four metres and M/V Northern Sun, a refitted Japanese National Fisheries Research vessel originally launched in 1976.
At 50 metres Northern Sun will play a major role in this year’s Rendezvous as the start boat for the racing events, where Sunshine, Phenisi yacht Si Data Bua and S/Y Escapade among many others, will sail pass.
Of course, the visit to the “pearl of the Andaman” need not end there, as year after year the number of superyachts coming to enjoy the warm, crystal-clear waters surrounding Thailand’s largest island is increasing.
Yacht Haven and Ao Por Grand marinas provide international-standard services, even for yachts in excess of 100 metres.
The Andaman region offers stunning areas such as Phang Nga Bay, with over 100 islets to explore, and provides all year round sheltered cruising with numerous islands offering endless coves and bays surrounded with pristine sands and privacy.
Other favoured spots by returning visitors are the Similan and Surin Islands, as Phuket is fast becoming one of the world's premier destinations for superyachts.
“Owners have been impressed with the Similans and Surin Islands as you can have 20-metre plus water visibility around lovely uninhabited islands,” says Gordon Fernandes, General Manager of Asia Pacific Superyachts Phuket & Myanmar. “And, Myanmar’s abundance of lush tropical deserted islands has made for some wonderful cruising.”
The island’s place as a destination of choice, with Phuket’s Raceweek, Phang Nga Bay Regatta and the premier Asian regatta, the King’s Cup permanent fixtures on the Asian yachting calendar, the pearl’s future is bright.