Singapore Yachting Festival Heats Up

Kerry Chung, Thien Kwee Eng and Arthur Tay

Following the ICOMIA Boating Industry Conference on April 23-24 and the YACHT STYLE Awards on Wednesday evening, the four-day Singapore Yachting Festival was inaugurated on Thursday lunchtime with a sun-drenched opening ceremony, with temperatures rising to 34 degrees Celsius in the afternoon.

Thien Kwee Eng, CEO of Sentosa Development Corporation, was the guest of honour at ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove on the opening day and was hosted by Arthur Tay and Kerry Chung, SUTL Group’s Chairman/CEO and General Manager respectively.

Galileo, the 56m Perini Navi/Picchiotti motor yacht, is the show’s largest yacht and the first to greet visitors to the docks. Exhibited by IYC, the steel and aluminium expedition yacht is being shown by IYC and is available for charter in the Maldives and Southeast Asia. 

The show’s large yachts include the 40m Silentworld displayed by Iseo Yachting, the bright-red 42m, 496GT Fu Ning, described as the world’s largest traditional Chinese wooden sailing boat, and the 36m Hye Seas, an Azimut 116 represented by Camper & Nicholsons.

Photo: Simpson Marine

Simpson Marine’s line-up includes the Asia debut of the SD118 – the flagship of Sanlorenzo’s semi-displacement range – as well as the Italian builder’s SL96A and SX88 superyachts. Asia’s largest yacht dealer is also staging the Asia premiere of Bluegame’s flagship BGX73, Southeast Asia debut of the BG42 and regional premiere for Fairline’s two-balcony Squadron 58, which had its world premiere last September.

Princess’s flagship X95 and Y95 are appearing side by side at a boat show together for the first time, through the British builder’s Southeast Asia representative Boat Lagoon Yachting, which is also showing an X80, F55 and F45. The multi-brand dealer is also staging the Asia premiere of Jeanneau’s Merry Fisher 1295 and the French builder’s Cap Camarat 7.5 Centre Console.

Photo: Boat Lagoon Yachting

Between Boat Lagoon Yachting and Simpson Marine is the world premiere of HH Catamarans’ flagship HH88 sailing catamaran, designed by Morelli and Melvin, and The Yacht Sales Co’s three-strong display featuring Fountaine Pajot’s MY6 powercat and Dufour’s flagship 61 and 41, as the latter makes its Southeast Asia debut following its world premiere at Cannes last September.

Wally’s 89ft wallywhy200 ‘spaceship’ and the wallypower58 are both Asia-Pacific premieres, while Ferretti Group Asia-Pacific and dealer Hong Seh Yachting are also showing a Ferretti Yachts 780 and the Singapore debut of the Rivamare, the elegant 39-footer from Riva’s Open line.

The Asia premiere of the Azimut Magellano 60 is a highlight of a Marine Italia display that includes an Azimut Fly 78 and Azimut Fly 53, as well as an Aquila 32 Sport, following the company’s new representation of the powercat brand in Singapore and Hong Kong. Absolute’s new 56 Fly is being displayed by local dealer FP Autosports, a sub-dealer of Marine Italia.

Sunseeker is showing a Manhattan 52 and a 76 Yacht with DCH Marine, its newly appointed Singapore dealer, as it awaits brand-new units of the Manhattan 55 and 76 Yacht, to be shown in May. DCH Marine is also the Asia-Pacific dealer for Saxdor and is staging the Asia premiere of the brand’s flagship 400 GTO along with a 320 GTC and 270 GTO.

Photo: Simpson Marine

UAE builder Gulf Craft is showing a Nomad 65, while a new Majesty 62 will arrive in May. China’s Aquitalia Yachts is making its Singapore debut with an Aquitalia 68 featuring a new interior by Pulina Exclusive Interiors, following the appointment of Raffles Yacht as regional representative. Raffles Yacht is also showing a 53 Trawler from China.

Asiamarine is staging the Asia premiere of the Galeon’s 375 GTO, with the model arriving on the second day of the show, while the regional dealer is also showing a Galeon 400 Fly and a Nimbus T11.

Derani Yachts is showing the Singapore debuts of the Axopar 45 XC Cross Cabin and Greenline 40 Hybrid, as well as Axopar’s 37 XC Cross Cabin, while Asia’s first Brabus Shadow 1000 is set to arrive after the show.

Leopard has a spectacular five-model line-up including the Asia premiere of the 40 Powercat. Built by Robertson and Caine in Cape Town, the side-by-side models comprise the Leopard 42 and 50 sailing catamarans, and the brand’s full fleet of powercats, from the 40 PC and 46 PC to the flagship 53 PC, which recently topped 100 units delivered across the world.

Photo: Boat Lagoon Yachting

Other yachts on show include De Antonio’s D50, Yanmar X47, the Lynx powercat built by Australia’s Outlaw Boats, Parker’s Monaco 110 (37ft), Al Dhaen 310 CC from Bahrain, Regal 26 XO, the Candela C-8 electric hydrofoil, UX Spin (19ft) by South Africa’s UX Marine and the Senous 830, a new RIB by Indonesia dealer Yacht Sourcing. A Hanse 460 displayed by SEA Yacht Sales is among sailing monohulls.

An eye-catching addition to the line-up is the 10-seat AirFish 8 wing-in-ground craft, which flies just above the surface of the water and has been developed by ST Engineering AirX, adhering to International Maritime Organization (IMO) guidelines.

Aston Martin Singapore is displaying the DB12 Volante, DBX707 and DB12 Coupe throughout the show, while the daily supercar parade includes The ExotiCar Club on April 25, Porsche on April 26, Lamborghini on April 27 and Ferrari on April 28.

As well as an increase in yachts on the water, a notable addition to this year’s show is the on-land Lifestyle Festival Market featuring pop-up F&B stalls and family-friendly carnival games, while live music and roving entertainment is among entertainment.

Photo: Boat Lagoon Yachting

The second Singapore Yachting Festival is organised by ONE°15 Events Management – a SUTL Enterprise subsidiary – in collaboration with SG Marine Guide owned by Wade Pearce.

Show tickets are available online and priced SDG 54.50 nett for a single-day pass and SGD 81.75 nett for a multi-day pass, while a two-day conference pass costs SGD 218 nett.

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