Simpson hosts Owners’ VIP Day at Volvo HK Stopover
Published: Monday, 05 February 2018
Simpson Marine has organised a VIP Day for yacht owners from Hong Kong, China and Taiwan by arranging a private tour at Kai Tak Race Village. Guided tours on team Brunel, Akzonobel, and Turn the Tide on Plastic’s racing boats were done by sailors with first-hand insights on life during racing passages, team stories and more.
(Photo: Simpson Marine)
Volvo Ocean Race ambassador and sailor Nick Moloney showed guests the team’s various bases and explained about the logistic issues of the race and team management. Nearing 30 years as an ocean athlete and adventurer, Moloney has competed in two America’s Cups, circumnavigated the globe three times in the Volvo Ocean Race and held over 15 World Sailing Speed Records.
Over 80 guests gathered at the Globe sponsored by Clean Oceans where drinks and canapés were served after the village tour. Miles Quiltmann, executive director of the Volvo Ocean Race made a short presentation including a leg four (Melbourne to Hong Kong) summary movie and a Q&A session with Nick and Brian Thompson. Now a navigator in the team Turn the Tide on Plastic, Thompson is a British sailing champion who had broken the Round the World sailing record twice and was the first to sail nonstop around the world four times.
The second speech was given by Patrick Yeung from World Wild Fund for Nature NGO. Based in Hong Kong, he protects Hong Kong waters from plastic pollution with other local NGOs.
Finally, guests were addressed by Mike Simpson, the founder of Simpson Marine, who shared insights on ocean pollution and carried his message to the yacht owners.