Published: Monday, 08 August 2016

This year the 16th annual Asia Superyacht Rendezvous (Dec 16-18) will kick off with an opening party aboard the phinisi-style sailing yacht Dunia Baru at the shores of Phuket. Sail and motor superyachts from around the globe will gather at this event.

Dunia Baru To Hold Asia Superyacht Rendezvous Opening Party

(Photos: Asia Superyacht Rendezvous - Dunia Baru)

“As the organisers of the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous, we are very excited that S/Y Dunia Baru has agreed to be the host yacht for this year’s opening cocktail party,” say longtime Rendezvous organisers Gordon Fernandes and Captain Charlie Dwyer. “All ‘phinisi’ yachts offer guests an unrivalled experience due to the space and charm of their traditional build, but the stunning phinisi-style Dunia Baru takes this to the next level. We’re very happy the invited guests will have the opportunity to view Dunia Baru in all of her glory while at anchor outside Rendezvous host hotel – SALA Resort & Spa Phuket. The evening promises to be very special and will trigger the start of the following morning superyacht sailing races, on a course marked by spectacular power yachts.”

“This will be Dunia Baru's first time participating in the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous and I am really excited that we will be hosting the opening cocktail party on board,” comments S/Y Dunia Baru Owner Mark Robba. “The cruising grounds around Southeast Asia are a superyacht Owner's dream and Phuket is a wonderful place for such a prestigious global gathering of superyachts, their Owners, VIP guests and crews. I'm glad we can join the Rendezvous in its celebration of yachting in this region before we make our way to Myanmar for charter and some new adventures.”

Dunia Baru To Hold Asia Superyacht Rendezvous Opening Party 2

Luxury charter yacht Dunia Baru was launched in December 2013, more than seven years after her construction began. The 167ft superyacht was designed by an American architect and handbuilt in Indonesian teak and ironwood by 20 master shipwrights from Borneo's Konjo Boat Builders, with her exquisite interior and first-class marine systems completed in Bali. Her sails were made in Thailand; her rigging is from the United Kingdom and her marine systems are matching American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) standards, ensuring unparalleled levels of service and reliability. 

Other highlights over the three days include the famed ‘Rendezvous Challenge’ model boat building and races, with teams comprised of Captains and crew the exciting land and sea, ’Pirate’s Booty’ treasure hunt with teams made up of crews and families; and the VIP Gala Dinner in the final evening at the event host hotel – the SALA Resort & Spa Phuket. The hotel is situated at Mai Khao Beach, which when combined with Nai Yang Beach to the south, is the longest stretch of sandy beach on the island, covering 9km.

“We’re already in full swing and Gordon and I are looking forward to welcoming many new faces and superyachts to be a part of another successful Rendezvous,” says Dwyer. “We are thrilled to open with a great cocktail party on board S/Y Dunia Baru and promise a wonderful time for all.”