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June 2021

This year, APSA celebrates its 10th Anniversary. Although the pandemic is ongoing and we still have some challenges, there are superyacht events being planned for the second half of the year and some countries are now opening more to travellers and superyachts.

The first 'Longer Long Lunch' was hosted by Rivergate Marina & Shipyard, in conjunction with  Catalano Agents NZ. The successful networking event was held at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) on Thursday 24 June 2021. The lunch was the opportunity for Captains from all over the region to socialise and exchange information and opinions about the region’s place and its prospects in an ever-changing World.

The Kingdom of Thailand in Southeast Asia is surrounded inland by Myanmar (Burma), Laos, and Cambodia with the other part lying on the Malay Peninsula and neighbouring Malaysia. This area also divides Thailand into two important areas for visiting motor, sailing yachts and superyachts — the eastern Gulf of Thailand and the western Andaman Sea.

Ever since the very beginning of Simpson Marine, which was founded in in Hong Kong in 1984, customer care has been at the heart of what the company does. Mike Simpson, founder of Simpson Marine is committed to taking care of the people they sell boats too.

Nigel Beatty, head of YACHTZOO JAPAN and APSA chairman was recently cruising on Silent World II, in the Seto Naikai – the Inland Sea of Japan. “We spent 5 days onboard as guests of the owner, enjoying a great cruising, local foods, swimming and water toys,” says Beatty.

The AZURE team that provide health, disability and accident insurance for yacht crews around the world, have signed up a slew of large yachts through the APAC region in the last six months.

Affinity Group are delighted to announce our expansion into the Cayman Islands after successfully obtaining a Companies Management Licence from the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority. Headed up by Garry Crossan, operations will now commence via our local subsidiary Affinity (Cayman) Limited.

The beautifully outfitted PARAFFIN is a 60.1m (197ft) yacht built in 2001 by Feadship. Thoughtfully refitted in 2010 the yacht has classic, comfortable styling and high-quality entertainment and leisure facilities including a large gym with 360 degree views, a wine cellar, a home cinema and a jacuzzi and is ready to impress.

Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard (GCCM) has been nominated for the Best Superyacht Refit Yard by the 2021 ACREW Superyacht Business Awards. In the ultimate endorsement, these global awards acknowledge and celebrate the best refit and repair businesses in the world.

A fire has swept through Hong Kong’s Aberdeen South typhoon shelter, damaging over 30 boats and sinking at least 20. The fire broke out in the early hours of Sunday morning at around 2.30am and firefighters used 11 fire boat monitors, eight jets, and mobilised four breathing apparatus teams to fight the blaze.

Dear APSA Members and Friends,

We are now half way through the year and while some countries are still experiencing lockdowns, other places are opening up and events are starting to happen.

Burgess is pleased to announce 3 new charter and sales opportunities: VENTUM MARIS, LIND and LADY E. For further information or to arrange an inspection, either virtually or in person please contact Burgess at

Simpson Marine will soon be welcoming the first Lagoon SIXTY 7 into Hong Kong this summer, with the model set to premiere in June 2021.

LJ Fiduciary is part of the Family Office Services division of the Alvarium Group of Companies. A fully licensed and regulated Trust and Corporate Services Provider with a proud history of providing market-leading trust and fiduciary solutions to private clients, HNWI, entrepreneurs, family offices and their enterprises.

An elegant and advanced interpretation of the Explorer typology, the Sanlorenzo 500Exp confirms her position as one of the models most favoured for owners wishing to enjoy long crossings without sacrificing maximum comfort.

OASIS DECK™ is the name of a new solution offered by Benetti which, based on the extraordinary success of the Oasis 40M, is now featured on new models of the Oasis 34m and B.Now 50M and 66M.

Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard (GCCM) in Australia have recently launched a new website and just like the award-winning facility, this site comes out on top.

Lantau Yacht Club (LYC) was delighted to host the Princess Yacht Experience in May, welcoming Princess Yacht owners to enjoy the facilities at the recently opened Clubhouse and spend a night on their yachts in the Marina.  

The importance of understanding the insurance cover one has and the knowledge of those providing it rather than relying on price is something often spoken about.

The world’s most luxurious facilities for superyacht owners and captains will be a centrepiece of the expanded Rivergate Marina and Shipyard.