Published: Friday, 11 November 2016

Many sail and motor superyachts will come together to meet at the 16th edition of Asia Superyacht Rendezvous (ASR), an annual elite yet relaxed gathering of Owners, Captains and crew in Phuket, Thailand Dec 16-18.

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ASR Co-Sponsor Benetti Yachts, along with host hotel SALA Resort Phuket, Lux Media Group and a range of Sponsors and Media Partners, join organisers in announcing the friendly but highly competitive superyacht races that will for the first time crown the overall ASR race winner with a trophy cup award.

As well, for the first time, yachts that are over 75ft and are interested in pleasure cruising (rather than racing) during the races can sign on to join the two days of ASR racing Dec 17-18.

Among the ASR 2016 participating yachts is the stunning schooner, Dallinghoo. This full-keel topsail gaff-rigged beauty combines the classic design and romantic feel of a tall ship with all the comforts of a modern yacht. Dallinghoo will be sailing around the course over race days, taking VIP guests on board to view the sailing races both days. Superyachts will be accompanied by motor and pleasure boats with gorgeous motor superyachts anchored around the course.

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The prestigious event kicks off Dec 16 with an Opening Cocktail Party for Owners and Captains aboard the beautiful phinisi-style Dunia Baru before the next day’s opening race. The historic two days of racing will culminate with the awarding of a first-time ASR Race Winner Cup ceremony at the closing VIP Gala Dinner. 

The event will take place in the pristine tropical setting of the stunning and SALA Resort & Spa Phuket, situated at Mai Khao Beach. When combined with Nai Yang Beach to the south, the location is the longest stretch of sandy beach on the island, covering nine km. 

“It is a privilege for us to be affiliated with an international superyacht sailing regatta that attracts some of the world's top performing sailors during the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous, held at Asia’s superyacht hub of Phuket Island,” says Gordon Fernandes and Co-organiser Captain Charlie Dwyer.

"Sponsorship of a successful world class superyacht social and racing event is one of the best branding investments a corporation can make as it reflects the status and credibility of the company,” adds Fernandes. “Our sponsors join in our belief this year's event will be even better and we are expecting thrilling races from the some of the world’s finest superyachts and best sailors”.