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Written by Administrator    Wednesday, 08 August 2012 16:02    PDF Print E-mail

Prometheus Marine, Singapore's leading luxury yacht dealer and brokerage company, has announced its appointment as official dealer for iconic British brand, Princess Yachts. Princess, based in the historic naval port of Plymouth, has been building power yachts since the 1960s. It is not much of an exaggeration to say that the company invented the motor cruiser market in the UK. Seminal designs that broke new ground, years ahead of the competition, are fondly remembered, and indeed can still be seen every weekend in harbours all over the world.

The breath taking Princess 40M

Based in some of the most advanced marine manufacturing facilities in the world, the Princess name has become synonymous with all that is finest in luxury motor yacht design and as part of the Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) family, has become a brand of distinction around the world.
The strength of the marque lies in its timeless elegance and impeccable build quality, its thoroughbred handling and confidence-inspiring ride. Princess Yachts are known the world over for their sublime interiors and immaculate finish. Every Princess is a perfect balance of style and substance, combining tradition and innovation, creativity and cutting-edge design. Prometheus Marine recently displayed no less than four Princess yachts at Boat Asia, including the superb Princess 60 and the stunning Princess 72.
Princess Yachts has consistently been at the forefront of the international awards scene in the boating industry. Princess V52 recently won the 2012 Motor Boat of the Year Award in the Sports Cruisers category.
Will Green, Sales Director with Princess Yachts International Plc, said, "We are delighted to welcome Prometheus Marine aboard as part of the Princess family. My recent sojourn with them in Singapore convinced me that Alan Pickering and his highly experienced team of yacht brokers and after-sales staff are the right people to represent us in this important regional market. We look forward to building the Princess brand in Singapore in conjunction with our new partners here".
Alan Pickering, Managing Director of Prometheus Marine Pte Ltd, said, "We are truly honoured and very excited indeed to have been awarded this highly prestigious, award-winning UK brand which is ideally suited to the needs and tastes of well-heeled Asian yacht buyers. We made an excellent start exposing the brand at both Boat Asia 2012 and the Singapore Yacht Show in Apriland will continue to elevate the profile of Princess Yachts in this territory as well as regionally, as our remit allows".

About Prometheus Marine
Alan Pickering started Pro-Marine (ProMetheus Marine Pte Ltd) over two decades ago, after extensive boating experience in Europe, the Caribbean, Hong Kong, Japan and South East Asia. His vision was to develop a professional operation to help people with a desire to enhance their family and corporate lives through sailing or cruising.
ProMarine genuinely understands the joys and pitfalls of boat ownership and it is this insight that drove Alan to assemble the experienced and international team that is ProMarine today.
Today, that vision still holds true and ProMarine is one of the longest standing and most respected marine businesses in Asia.
ProMarine is active in all aspects of boating in the Asia Pacific region and features prominently in regional boat shows and seminars.
Offices in Singapore and Malaysia (in PuteriHarbour) are staffed by mature, highly competent marine professionals who bring local knowledge - both legislative and practical - to bear in their dealings with prospective and existing clients.
ProMarine also has a successful track record as Consultant and Project Manager for several major marina developments throughout Asia, including The Yacht Haven Phuket, Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, Sebana Cove Marina, PuteriHarbour and Sutera Harbour. ProMarine provides full brokerage, charter and support services through an experienced team. For more information, please visit http://yachtsasia.com

In November, yachtsmen from all over the world will gather again at the Royal Selangor Yacht Club (RSYC) in Port Klang to participate in Malaysia's oldest keelboat sporting event, the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta (RMSIR). Now in its 23rd year, the regatta has attracted a loyal band of followers who turn up year after year, often with bigger and better boats each time. They come from Hong Kong, Australia, Thailand, Singapore and further afield, with crews representing 24 nationalities. Teams are made up of both professional and non-professional sailors, with the latter being the majority.
The offshore keelboat race organised by the Royal Selangor Yacht Club (RSYC), in association with the Royal Ocean Racing Club, will take place from 16 to 24 November and comprises a total of 240 miles, with stops on the unique tropical islands of Pangkor, Penang and Langkawi. Founded in 1990, the recurring annual event is a mix of overnight passages and harbour races, while not falling short of social events such as luscious dinners, convivial parties and, of course, the much anticipated Rickshaw Race in Penang. Indeed, there will be lots of opportunities to socialise and according to participants from past RMSIR's, onshore activities can be just as demanding as the sailing.
Yachts competing will range from top class IRC1 racers to beautiful classic cruisers with long overhangs dating back over 100 years. Skippers and crew will have to cope with the unpredictable weather, changing tactics and heavy shipping traffic in the Straits of Malacca, making the regatta a matchless experience. The month of November typically marks the height of the northeast monsoon on Peninsular Malaysia where sailors can expect anything from glassy waters and light breeze to a sea heaving with two metres of swell or higher and 30 knot squalls blowing off the coast. In other words, these northeast monsoon months bring conditions that are challenging enough even for seasoned sailors.
The island hopping regatta will commence in Port Klang, a town located just 42 kilometres from the county's capital Kuala Lumpur. The capital is not only the financial centre of Malaysia, but also a unique city for tourism that offers iconic attractions, bustling entertainment and shopping facilities. Here crews can do some sightseeing prior to departing on the first overnight passage to the scenic tropical island of Pangkor situated approximately 90 miles north of Port Klang.
Pangkor, with its charming mix of fishing settlements and resorts, will then welcome the sailors in the modern Pangkor Marina where tired crew can simply enjoy the fine beaches and resort amenities to recuperate from the first leg. A highlight for many skippers is a visit to the world renowned resort of Pangkor Laut located on a separate privately-owned island nearby. Described by many as a hidden gem, Pangkor Laut boasts magnificent beaches, stunning views over infinity pools and stilted accommodation over the water. A combination of luxury, natural beauty and age-old wilderness woven together produce an environment of tranquillity where sailors can relax before the second offshore passage race, which leads up to Penang.
In Penang, the fleet will berth in and around the newly installed Straits Quay Marina, which offers a comprehensive mix of retail outlets and attractions – from boutiques to bistros, seafood restaurants to seaside cafes, a promenade and a performing arts centre, coupled with spectacular sea views and a clear sight of the historical George Town skyline. Some skippers reportedly never left the beautiful marina as it truly provides all the facilities and provisions visiting yachties require, including a good choice of bars! For those wishing to explore a bit, the island of Penang is a fascinating fusion of the East and West. It embraces modernity while retaining traditions and old world colonial charm. These are reflected in its harmonious well-preserved heritage buildings, which led to George Town being accorded a listing as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site recently.
After a day of harbour racing in Penang, the fleet will set sail on the shortest of the offshore legs, a quick 55 mile sprint up to Langkawi. The last stop of the event is an archipelago made up of more than 100 islands surrounded by turquoise sea, with shorelines fringed by powder-fine sand and swaying coconut trees. The interior of the main island is a mixture of picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hills. Yachts will be greeted at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, a world-class 200 berth marina situated on the southeast corner of Langkawi island, close to the island's main town, Kuah. Here sailors can also purchase duty-free alcohol, cigarettes and chocolate, while nature-lovers can enjoy the island's excellent diving opportunities and discover a treasure trove of tropical gems.
Eight days of racing always end with an evening social on the terrace of the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, against a spectacular backdrop of the sun setting over surrounding islands. With speeches and prize giving out of the way, the real party starts on the dance floor. Crews banter about final results and taking each other on at the Kings Cup in Thailand, the next event in the Asian circuit. For long time competitors and first timers alike, taking part in the RMSIR brings a true sense of achievement. Internationally acclaimed sailors such as Frank Pong, Neil Pryde, Ray Roberts and Nick Burns are among former RMSIR winners who regularly enter their state of the art racing yachts, with professional crews to trim sails and grind winches. Dr Jon Wardill has lost count of the times he has competed in his Cassidy 55 Australian Maid, and there are Singapore and Hong Kong based sailors who claim close to 100 percent participation. Club sailors are also well represented in the seven entry classes. A unique aspect of the RMSIR is that local crews represent a microcosm of Malaysian society, with the same interesting ethnic mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and Expat members.
Since its inception, the RMSIR has progressively evolved into what may well be the region´s most exciting sailing event of the year. The Regatta Patron, His Royal Highness the Sultan of Selangor, has continued to support the event both on and off the water, and enjoys meeting and greeting the competing sailors each year, as well as presenting the magnificent Raja Muda Cup. The RSYC welcomes all competitors to join the Regatta, whether sailing the most modern racing yacht, or a stately classic vessel, and wishes you all fair winds. www.rmsir.com

Silhouettes and Sails
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 80 x 60 cm (31.5 x 23.5 inches)
Artist's Description: The ocean, the endless sky; its myriad of colour, ever changing shape and mood have always captured my interest. Here a fleet of yachts sail towards the monolithic islands of Phang Nga Bay, their towering shapes dwarfed by mother nature's early morning colour. A typical scene during the local regatta season and one, I have had the pleasure of experiencing both as a participant and spectator.
This piece has been donated to the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Race Week regatta. It will be on auction during the sailing event to help raise funds towards the sport of sailing in Phuket.
For more information contact the regatta organisers via their webpage www.phuketraceweek.com or at the regatta venue: 27, 27/2, Mu 8, Sakdidej Road,Cape Panwa, Phuket during the event 18 - 22 July 2012.
Artist: Robin Gillow Dated: 2012

Happy Sails
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 76 x 103cm (30 x 40 inches)
Artist's Description: I started this abstract painting before I took a trip to Phuket last year. After my first sailing experience, during the Phuket Race Week regatta, all I could see on my return to completing it were sails!
This piece has been donated to the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Race Week regatta. It will be on auction during the sailing event to help raise funds towards the sport of sailing in Phuket.
For more information contact the regatta organisers via their webpage www.phuketraceweek.com or at the regatta venue: 27, 27/2, Mu 8, Sakdidej Road,Cape Panwa, Phuket during the event 18 - 22 July 2012.
Artist: Libby Harrison Dated: 2011

Divided by an ocean, yet linked through art and friendship, Phuket based artist Robin Gillow and South African artist, Libby Harrison invite you to their up-coming exhibition, OCEANS APART. To be held at Mom Tri's Villa Royale Gallery, 14th July – 17t h August 2012.
The artists have known each other since their early teens, when Robin used to stable her horses at Libby's parents house. Although they attended separate high schools, they both attended the (then) Johannesburg College of Art together. Libby studied Fine Art and Robin, Graphic Design. On completion of her studies Robin left Johannesburg and moved to the Durban area where she met and married her husband. Soon after, the newlyweds emigrated to Australia and bar one brief visit over 15 years ago; all contact between the artist friends was lost.
Then Facebook hit cyberspace! The result was a 3 week stay when Libby visited Robin and her family in Phuket in 2011.
Conversations led to a joint exhibition and OCEANS APART, is the result.
As request of Mom Tri, the exhibition's ocean related theme, perfectly suits the art duo's subject matter. Oceans apart in life, the style of the work being shown is very different., as well and suits a varied audience. The exhibition also offers a wonderful opportunity to experience South Africa and Asia in true colour.
In addition to the exhibition, each artist has donated a painting to be auctioned via the Phuket Race Week regatta to raise funds to promote sailing for underprivileged children in Thailand. The paintings concerned will be on display at the Villa Royale Gallery until the regatta start, when they will be displayed at the regatta venue.
Libby Harrison is both an illustrator of children's books and a fine artist. She has been drawing and painting for as long as she can remember and created her first cartoon character when she was five. For the past 25 years or so, she has been working from home in Cape Town.
A single mother of four, Libby not only paints, she dances, plays saxophone in a big band and recently received her Competent Crew certificate, having been inspired when participating as a crew in the 2011 Phuket Race Week sailing event.
Australian artist, Robin Gillow (nee Bullen) was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, but has lived in many countries.
Her exhibiting career began while still in primary school and despite spending much of her married life aboard her home, a small 30ft yacht with her husband and daughter, she continued to paint. Using her lap or the chart table as her easel pieces tended to be on the small size. Painting became a way to help earn cruising funds and keep her hand in. It is only recently – since 2009 - that Robin has had the luxury of a studio, time and the space in which to paint larger work.
From race horses, race yachts, land and seascapes, portraits to commercial work, there is not much Robin has not covered at some point in her creative career. A highly prolific artist, she exhibits her work both locally and internationally regularly.

Going for Gold
A r t i s t: Robin Gillow
Medium: Mixed Media on Canvas
Size: 1.21 m x 90 cm
(Individual canvas': 70 x 90cm (82,5 x 35.5inches)

Artist's Description:
Regatta racing has been part of my family's life for many years, At one with the wind and water; it is a sport of many moods. A simple painting of yachts under sail, although perhaps interesting does not convey the true sense of chaos and excitement regatta sailing often offers its participants.

In this work, the viewer is aboard the leading boat. The view behind: galloping chaos as other yachts follow. Heading towards the windward mark each boat vies for that extra puff of wind, a lift, to point higher and gain extra ground. You are invited to feel the bumpy rhythm water induces; the fluid motion and liquid speed of the sport. (This art work is certified as being recorded in the National Registry of Australian Art and Artists. National Registration No: 000-1729-0137-01, Dated: 2012)

2007 and 2008 - Libby was part of the team involved with the design of the Adderly St (Cape Town) Christmas lights April 1993 – Received the NCBF Award for the illustrations in "MONYENYANE", an African Cinderella story written by Jenny Davis.

Galleries Displaying Libby's Paintings These are scattered across Cape Town and a full list of venues is availavle on request.

Exhibitions/Awards/Achievements – since 2000

December 2011 - One of a number of artists invited to show their work at the inaugural Think Design Art Festival Phuket, Thailand.
February 2011 - A guest Artist at the joint exhibition 'A Matter of Perception' with 20 invited Australian artists at the Collingwood
Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
December 2009 - Solo exhibition 'Wet & Wild" at both the Ao Chalong Yacht Club, and the Kata Beach Resort in con-junction with the King's Cup Regatta, Phuket, Thailand
July 2009 - Guest Artist at the Cork County Council Summer
Exhibition, Ireland
December 2002 -Joint exhibition 'In a Tropical Mood', with fabric artist and friend, Katherine Willsteed, at The Green Man, Ao Chalong. Phuket, Thailand.

2010 - 2nd place: Traditional Artist of the Year Fanartreview.com
2009 - Traditional Artist of the Year Fanartreview.com

2012 - Robin's work is recognized by the National Registry of Australian Art and Artists.
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Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, the ninth edition of Phuket's ''home-grown'' international yacht regatta, marks the start of the 2012/13 Asian Yachting Grand Prix campaign to decide the coveted ''Asian Yachtsman of the Year'' title. The regatta will be held from 18-22 July 2012.
About 40 yachts and up to 500 yacht owners, captains, crew, families and friends from more than 20 countries will descend on the luxury Cape Panwa Hotel on Phuket's southeast coast for four days of intense, but fun, competition and five nights of glittering beachside parties.
"The financial benefit of this regatta to Phuket businesses is much higher than the numbers suggest," said Grenville Fordham, managing director of rights owners and organisers, Image Asia Events Co., Ltd. "Yacht repairs, servicing and provisioning go alongside hotel accommodation, marina berthing, wining and dining around the island, transport and other services to bring in many millions of baht in direct tourism revenue from this high spending sector. In addition, we pump about 5 million baht into local suppliers for infrastructure, entertainment, boat hire, logistics and other services," he added.
Reliably good winds on the water, and attention to the highest quality onshore, have made Phuket Raceweek a firm favourite of regional and international sailors for many years, and in 2011, the regatta was officially recognised as "Best Asian Regatta" at the Asia Boating awards in Hong Kong – one of only two South East Asian regattas to receive the accolade at the time.
Hosting the event for the first time this year, Cape Panwa Hotel (part of the Kasemkij Hotels group) recently signed a multi-year Title Sponsorship deal to name and host the regatta. "This new partnership is a perfect fit with our position in the market," said Tirawan Pangsrivongse, Kasemkij Hotels' Project Development Manager, adding that Phuket is a leader in Thailand in promoting the fast-growing sports tourism sector.
Commenting on the number of entries expected for the 2012 regatta, Fordham said, "Although formal entries tend to come in during the final month preceding the regatta, entries at this stage are a bit higher than they were at this time last year and there's a positive 'buzz' in the yachting community, so we anticipate a strong fleet this year. And the feeling we get from participants is that they're looking forward very much to the new venue."
Online registration for Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2012 is open with a very special offer for entries registered before June 17. Participants wanting to book rooms at special regatta rates at either Cape Panwa Hotel or its sister property, Kantary Bay Hotel,
should visit www.phuketraceweek.com/accommodation.htm

About Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek
Coming into its ninth year, Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek comprises four days of world-class yacht racing and five nights of beachside parties – all captured for international TV broadcast to 140 million households.
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, run over six or seven classes including Racing, Multihull, Cruising and Bareboat Charter, has gained a reputation for its competitive racing for the serious boats and fun courses around the islands for the less serious racers. It is also the first event on the 2012/2013 Asian Yachting Grand Prix Circuit.
Phuket Raceweek enjoys the support of Tourism Authority of Thailand, Sports Authority of Thailand, Yacht Racing Association of Thailand and Ao Chalong Yacht Club.

About Kasemkij Hotels
Kasemkij Hotels is the owner and operator of Thailand's three leading hotel brands, the Cape, Kantary and Kameo Collections with 15 properties countrywide. Each collection is committed to providing the highest standards in service, accommodation and facilities to its target segment. The Cape Hotel Collection offers unsurpassed standards of luxury; the Kantary Collection provides executive-class residential style hotels for short and long stays, while the Kameo Collection specialises in offering excellent facilities and attractive rooms for the price conscious business and leisure traveller.
www.capecollection.com | www.kantarycollection.com | www.kameocollection.com

Regatta sponsors & partners
Sponsors and partners of the 2012 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek include: Cape Panwa Hotel, Kantary Bay Hotel, Mount Gay Rum, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Budget Car Rentals, Charter Catamaran, Cholamark Boat, Gybe, Mont Clair Wines, The Moorings, Neil Pryde, Phuket Beer, Rodenstock, 91.5FM Phuket Radio, Asia Pacific Boating & China Boating, Cape + Kantary Magazine, HELM Superyacht Asia-Pacific, Lifestyle Asia.com, MyDestination Phuket, The Nation, Phuket Gazette, Prestige Magazine, Russian TV Channel, SEA Yachting, Phuket International Hospital, The Boat Lagoon, Electrical Marine, SY Seraph, ISS Security, Sunsail, Quantum Sails.
Marketing support by Paul Poole (South East Asia) Co., Ltd.
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