Organizers are charging forward with the 10th year celebration of the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous to be held December 16-18, 2010 in Phuket, Thailand. Bringing together both motor and sail Superyachts, once again an outstanding flotilla of power and sailing Superyachts will stream into Phuket just prior to the Christmas holidays in famed Phuket, often referred to as the ‘Mediterranean of the East’.
The Rendezvous is the longest-running superyacht event in Asia, boasting the largest gathering of superyachts in the region, and a major event on the superyacht calendar. The vessels will anchor in the clear waters and lush topography of Pansea Beach, locale of the event’s host hotel, The Chedi Phuket.
The event expands in 2010 from two days to three days – with more social events and a second day of racing to complement the increasing numbers of superyachts calling Phuket “home.” Asia Pacific Superyachts GM and event co-organizer, Gordon Fernandes, explains, “For a long time, the Caribbean and Mediterranean have been seen as the stomping ground for yachts. Asia has been the poor relative. But much of that is changing, and this area is set to boom with Phuket as a new yachting hub.”
Joining the event as co-sponsors with Asia Pacific Superyachts are Rolling Stock and Merle Wood & Associates. Francois van Well, President Super Yacht Division of Merle Wood & Associates, says, "As a globally operating yacht brokerage firm, co-sponsor Merle Wood & Associates is committed to serve clients all over the world for their purchase, sale or charter needs. We are a proud co-sponsor of the most successful superyacht event in Southeast Asia."
Returning Principal Sponsor, Feadship, recognized as the world leader in the field of custom-built luxury motoryachts, is in agreement: “Feadship has a long-established presence in Asia with owners using their yachts in Asia or the traditional yachting grounds such as the Mediterranean. Feadship has committed to the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous for the tenth year as we are convinced there is a great potential for yachting in the area, and for Phuket in particular, as a yacht hub".
"Today, too few yacht owners explore the beautiful Asian waters”, reports Bas Nederpelt, Director Sales and Marketing Feadship/De Vries. The exclusive event is entry by invitation only; the only stipulation being all yachts participating must be over 100 feet LOA. This year’s three-day itinerary includes two days of sail and power events, sunset cocktail parties at The Chedi and aboard Superyachts, popular team model boat building contest “The Challenge”, a festive crew beach BBQ party and the Boat International VIP Gala Dinner.
Organizers confirm the expanded agenda is focused on having more fun! “Meeting up with the others is wonderful. This is the real point of the rendezvous—it’s primarily a social event. It’s certainly not about winning races. You'll see people you haven’t seen in a couple of years,” says co-organizer Charles Dwyer. “And it’s not just owners meeting with other owners and their guests. It’s a chance for crews of different yachts to get together, too.”
Captain Charlie of the participating Yannekee Too, continued, “It’s a grand sight to view a seemingly endless line of huge sailing vessels at the start line, with the massive motor superyachts accompanying the race and marking the course. It’s an opportunity for both motor and sailing yacht guests to enjoy themselves at fantastic social functions and two days of racing, all in a relaxed and friendly environment."
The Rendezvous is the longest-running superyacht event in Asia, boasting the largest gathering of Superyachts in the region a major event on the superyacht calendar. The organisers report, “The 2009 Rendezvous was our most successful event to date and we plan to deliver an even more exciting event in 2010! The island now has no less than four superyacht marinas and Phuket is becoming firmly established as the “Superyacht Hub of Southeast Asia”.