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March 2023

Dear APSA Members and Friends

There is plenty of action in the Asia-Pacific, and we are pleased to announce that APSA is a Sponsoring Partner for both the Singapore Yachting Festival (27-30 April) and Southeast Asia Yachting Conference (26 April). We look forward to an opportunity to catch up with our Singapore-based members and friends, plus any visiting APSA members who will be attending the Conference and the Festival. Do let us know if you plan to be there!

The Middle East Yachting Conference was held on 28 February at the Mandarin Dubai, the day before the opening of Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS). The half day programme was packed with wide ranging presentations that addressed a number of key issues in the yachting industry, and paid particular attention to the development of the marine leisure sector in the Middle East.

The 29th edition of the Dubai International Boat Show was the biggest to date, and attracted a record-breaking crowd of 1,000 exhibitors for the five-day event hosted at Dubai Harbour Marina. Yachts were in high demand, and exhibitors reported buyers from all around the world. New launches were a major drawcard, with 44 global and regional launches taking place throughout the week.

Simpson Marine, Asia’s leading yacht dealer, has confirmed its attendance at the Singapore Yachting Festival (SYF) 2023. The festival is scheduled to take place from 27-30 April 2023, at ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove. Simpson Marine will showcase an impressive line-up of yachts, including the latest models from Sanlorenzo, Sanlorenzo, Bluegame, Beneteau, Lagoon, Fairline and Aquila. 

The Singapore Yachting Festival (SYF) 2023 will be held at ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove from the 27-30 April 2023, and looks to pave the way for more community and experiential maritime events in Asia. This combined with the Southeast Asia Yachting Conference (26 April) will help to put Asia back on the yachting map.

Luxury Yacht Construction and Renewal. Designed for Comfort. Engineered for Excellence. Built to Last. Streamlining engineering, manufacturing, production, data, and information into perfect seamless yacht building and renewing – that’s the StellarPM way. StellarPM has been building, refitting and rebuilding yachts for over 20 years.

Ia Orana! Serenity is how Tropical Serenity want you to experience French Polynesia. Tropical Serenity offers a full range of superyacht management services in Tahiti, and is capable of handling the full spectrum of large yacht operations. Allow them to individually tailor the specific support and services needed by the Superyacht Owner and Captain.

The Seychelles is a tropical paradise awaiting discovery. Made up of 115 islands scattered across the Indian Ocean and 900 miles off the East African coast, Seychelles offers something for everyone, from archipelago island exploring to foodies looking to sample the Creole cuisine, to active adventurers who love nothing more than hiking.

The hugely successful 23rd Benetti Yachtmaster, an event for industry professionals was held from 15-16 February in Abu Dhabi. Attended by over 200 participants, including 110 captains, surveyors, stewardesses and professionals, who brought the two-day event to life with discussions about the future of the international yacht industry.

Work on the 33m ST108 Destination One is now well underway at the StellarPM yard in Hai Phong, Vietnam. On February 15th the Steel Cutting Ceremony took place and now the first block is on the jig, steel hull plates are being welded together and fast progress is being made.


What is the next big little thing in sailing? The answer is The Little Aussie Lap.GCCM are proud to announce our sponsorship of a young Aussie boatie, Xavier Doerr, who is undertaking an extraordinary task – and aiming to break various sailing records in the process.

Given the variable nature of the marine industry, crewing schedules can be exceedingly difficult to manage. The online Fly2C portal allows a travel arranger to book multiple origin trips to a port, as well as return trips to effect an entire crew movement within the same session.

Affinity Group’s Director in Malta, Joanne and Senior Client Administrator, Emma are looking forward to participating in Quaynote Opportunities in Superyachts Conference 2023 on Thursday, 23rd March 2023, in Corinthia St, George’s Bay, Malta.

Superyacht Australia, the peak body for the Australian Superyacht industry, hosted the fourth annual Superyacht Soirée in partnership with Benetti Yachts at Jones Bay Marina last Saturday, 11 March and welcomed a record number of participating vessels, sponsors and guests.

Monaco Marina Management (M3) hosted the 1st Edition of the "Smart Marina Dubai Conference: Innovations for a Greener Marina and Yachting Industry" on March 1st, 2023, during the Dubai International Boat Show. This conference aimed to bring together professionals from the Marina and Yachting sectors to explore sustainable solutions for the industry.