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March 2021

This is our second newsletter in March, and increasingly members are taking full advantage the APSA news channel to get their news out to the global superyacht community. Again, we have a surplus of news (which is all on the APSA website) but the newsletter is restricted to a dozen stories; if your story is not in this newsletter, then it will be in the next in a couple of weeks’ time.

The APSA Grand Tour 2021, Season 2 will start in the South Pacific on Tuesday 13th April 2021 atn1700hrs HKT (GMT +8).  The panellists for the first webinar of Season 2 are Manoa Rey (Tahiti), David Jamieson (Fiji) and Katrina Matheson (Cook Islands).

The Cook Islands Yacht Squadron (CIYS), an incorporated society, was established in August, 2006 to further the recreational and competitive sailing objective of Maritime Cook Islands, the flag state administrator of the Cook Islands register for ships and yachts.

Asia-Pacific Boating (APB) is a leading source for news and features on luxury yachting, and marine environment and conservation in Asia-Pacific both in print and online.

Early March saw the delivery of the stunning Sanlorenzo SL118 into Hong Kong, one of many Sanlorenzo arrivals due into the city over this year and the next. The Sanlorenzo SL118 has a modern style and innovative features throughout the yacht.

Maryanne Edwards, GMBA, talks to Duthie Lidgard a long-time player in the New Zealand superyacht industry.  Duthie is Managing Director of Catalano Shipping Services NZ, one of New Zealand’s leading Superyacht agents based in Auckland. 

Hong Kong has over 10,000 registered pleasure yachts as of 2020, and out of approximately 100 yachts are over 30m.  There are only  a small number of berths with proper marina shelter and berthing facilities available for big yachts in Hong Kong.

The first three months of 2021 have seen a considerable amount of traffic from Sevenstar vessels arriving with yachts in Asia-Pacific or shipping yachts elsewhere.

Cherish new-found freedom in 2021 with the ultimate getaway in the Maldives, where heavenly beaches are lapped by the cerulean sea and you can do as much or as little as you desire. This brief guide will give you an introduction to what there is on offer in this archipelago nation for revelry and relaxation alike.

Camper & Nicholsons First Eastern in conjunction with its sister company, Camper & Nicholsons Marinas, are delighted to announce that the 2021 World Cruising Club ARC+ Caribbean destination will be the outstanding Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada.

YACHTZOO is delighted to announce their appointment as Central Agent for the stunning M/Y INFINITY NINE, an AvA Yachts new build for the world-renowned NBA basketball star, Tony Parker. Approaching completion of construction, INFINITY NINE is ready to consider charters as of June in the West Mediterranean. 

Fraser is delighted to announce the addition of 26m/86' Sunseeker MAXXXto our Sales Fleet. This an elegant and comfortable 26M/86' Sunseeker motor yacht delivered in 2009. She offers to her guests a large interior volume. 

With both New Zealand and Australia enjoying extremely low Covid cases and almost no community transmission, Australia established quarantine free access for New Zealand arrivals by air some months ago. This open access is now also available to superyachts, just in time for the completion of the America’s Cup.

As I mentioned last month, we are now sending out an APSA newsletter twice a month due to increased membership and members with lots of news to share; so this is first of the mid-month editions.

Navim Group has been designing and manufacturing marine equipment for luxury giga and mega yachts, since 1990.  The Group’s advanced technologies provide tailor-made solutions for superyacht requirements and all the specialist equipment is designed with the luxury market in mind and crafted with keen attention to detail.

Azimut Yachts confirms its pioneering spirit and introduces a new channel to communicate the company’s genuine passion for innovation to customers and fans of the brand. Introducing A- Room, a virtual theatre showcasing previews of the brand’s new models.

Mectra Synergy (M) Sdn Bhd is pleased to announce the opening of our new workshop in Boustead Langkawi. This is in view of the increasing demand of our clients and to deliver prompt and speedy solutions to all our patrons.

A magnet for superyachts and one of the most fascinating travel destinations in the world, The Maldives is one of the few top cruising destinations lifting Covid-19 restrictions early on. The Maldives is featured in Superyacht Times 3/3/2021 issue as one of the “Top 5 Tropical Yachting Spots in 2021”, reports Mohamed Hameed of Asia Pacific Superyachts.

On 18th February, Tim Davey, Managing Director and Founder of GMT – Global Marine Travel took part in a panel discussion examining the recovery of the travel industry post Covid-19.