Published: Friday, 15 November 2013
Mike Fulton

Thanks to an influx of superyachts into the region in recent months, this year’s Asia Superyacht Rendezvous, its 13th edition, promises to be bigger and better than ever before. The event is scheduled to run from 16 to 18 December at Kata Rocks near the beautiful Kata Beach on the island of Phuket. Superyachts will be streaming in from all over the world to drop anchor in the tranquil water of the Andaman Sea. 

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The Rendezvous will open with a cocktail night aboard the luxurious 50-metre Phinisi sailing boat Dunia Daru followed by two days of exciting sail racing events and will close with a gala dinner for owners and VIPs. As in other years there will be the infamous Feadship Challenge Model Boat Building Cocktail Party and the ‘Rendezvous Booty’ pirate party. This year Sevenstar Yacht Transport, which will be transporting many of the boats to the event from the US and the Med, is sponsoring and organising a special ‘Crew Party’ at the trendy Re Ka Ta Beach Club nearby.

Notable boats that have already confirmed their attendance at this year Rendezvous include: 

The 34-metre S/Y Argo built at the Marsun shipyard in 2006. Besides being a very beautiful sailing yacht, she doubles as an educational vessel taking college students on 30-day semester based programmes. 

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The 33-metre classic superyacht Maid Marian 2, which was built in 1931 mainly in teak and mahogany. She has been lovingly preserved and still looks like new. 

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The 42-metre M/Y Maverick previously called Maverick II, was built by Sterling Yachts in 1988. She offers an outstanding range of first class entertainment and communication systems, including I-Pod docks in all guest areas, Inmarsat Fleet 77, BGAN broadband, secure Wi Fi and Satellite TV. Other entertainment goodies include two folding bikes and a concept II rowing machine.

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The 41-metre M/Y Moonsand  will also be there. She was built by Sovereign Yachts in 2004 and was the flagship of the Royal New Zealand squadron during the Americas Cup. 

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The beautiful 33-metre S/Y Shamoun was built by Holland JachtBouw in 1999. Her exquisite interiors are the work of Hoek Design Naval Architects , who were also resposible for her impeccable engineering. 

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S/Y Yanneke Too, from the Campers & Nicholson shipyard, is 26 metres long and was commissioned in 1996. The beautiful sailing yacht can reach 13 knots. Her interior design was done by Bill Dixon with help from Terence Disdale, who added his own touch of style. Richard Hornbacher undertook the fabrics and artwork on board. 

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The Schooner Sunshine, at 38 metres, was constructed by Myanmar Shipyards in 2003. She is a reproduction yacht and due to the high integrity of her build the CIM authorities have accepted her as a vintage yacht. 

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Turkish Gulet built the 30-metre S/Y Capricorn in 2008. She can accommodate 11 guests aboard in five cabins, each with its own en-suite, and is air-conditioned throughout. Her beautiful interiors are composed mainly of mahogany and she boasts vast deck areas with ample space for lounging and dining. 

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Finally, the 36-metre Dunia Baru, is a Phinisi sailing boat constructed by Kesten Marine Design in 2003 and modeled after the traditional Indonesian Kapal Laya Mesin, which literally translates as ‘boat-sail-machine’.  

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