his year's Singapore Yacht Show showcased some of the world's largest superyachts, as well as some smaller and more affordable boats and tenders. The exhibition is principally by invitation, catering specifically to industry professionals and high net-worth individuals from around Asia, but open to anyone who has a serious interest in chartering, or buying a boat or a yacht, and discovering the luxury yachting lifestyle.
The event is hosted at ONE°15 Marina Club, providing visitors with access to a whole programme of glamorous social networking events, including a gala dinner, various cocktail receptions on yachts and in luxury villas, and a host of other activities in association with some of the world's most prestigious luxury brands.
Guest-of-Honour, Mr Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State for Trade and Industry, officiated at the opening ceremony of the three-day show, which ran from April 27th-29th. "Singapore has a burgeoning superyacht industry. We are opening new marinas capable of berthing superyachts. We are also welcoming more yacht charters and agents, while marine engineering companies and shipyards are converting their services for white boat repair," said Mr Teo.
"The four local world-class marinas hosting superyachts – Raffles Marina, the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club, Marine@Keppel Bay and ONE°15 Marina Club – have seen an increase in the number of superyachts berthed in Singapore and are looking at expanding to meet the growing demand."
Fantastic on water displays included the likes of Aegean Yachts, Azimut, Cranchi, Feadship, J-Craft, Mangusta, Megaway, Palmer Johnson, Princess, Riva, San Lorenzo and Westport. Also participating are leading yacht brokers including Burgess, Northrop and Johnson, Ocean Independence and Simpson Marine.
Further highlights for the show include the dockside exhibition village, car previews from Lamborghini and BMW M; wine tasting by SUTL; fantastic food courtesy of Michelin-star chef Pascal Aussignac, and the chance to win a free trip on a ZAR Formenti 97.
With a number of world-famous superyachts on display, together with an impressive line-up of other smaller luxury yachts, boats and tenders, the three-day show provided visitors with a unique opportunity to delve deeper into this luxury lifestyle – one that is showing signs of growth within the region.
"The presence of the biggest names in the yachting industry is testament not only to Singapore's but Asia's growing economic clout," said Andy Treadwell, Managing Director of the Singapore Yacht Show. "As the ranks of billionaires and multi-millionaires in the region continue to embrace the yachting lifestyle, we want them to savour the best that the industry has to offer and we are confident the show will grow from strength to strength in the next few years."
The Singapore Yacht Show 2012 featured some of the world's largest and most luxurious power and sailing superyachts. Some of the highlights include Feadship's brand new 45 metre Helix, which is making its debut in Southeast Asia; the 45-metre powerhouse Vantage from Palmer Johnson, and Sanlorenzo's stunning 35.5-metre Onyx. The Westport 130 Sea Bear, formerly owned by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, was also on display and is now available for Singapore charter. The 40-metre superyacht is managed by Aqua Voyage, the nautical arm of KOP Hotels & Resorts, and forms part of its fleet of luxury yachts. Other debuts included MY Phatsara and Singapore-built 39m Megaway, both presented by Northrop & Johnson; a Cranchi 64 presented by Hong Seh Marine; and celebrating the Year of the Dragon was the Torpedo, by J-Craft.
The show is rapidly gaining momentum as one of the foremost yachting industry showcases in the Asia-Pacific region. Following the success of the preview edition last year, this year's show doubled in size in every aspect, from the number of superyachts, finely crafted boats and exhibitors to the luxury lifestyle partners. This year's edition featured a first class line-up of the world's most influential yachting brands, including Palmer Johnson, Westport, Heesen, Azimut, Princess, SportRiva, Mangusta and among others.
There was also strong participation from leading yacht brokers such as Burgess, Ocean Independence, and Simpson Marine. Other top exhibitors in the Dockside Village included Sevenstar, Gulf Craft, and Luxury Yachts.
A parade of supercars shared the spotlight with luxurious superyachts at this year's event courtesy of Eurosports Automobile Munich Automobiles with BMW M Owners Club and Lamborghini Club organizing convoys to the yacht show.
Simpson Marine's Strong Presence at the SYS
Simpson Marine, Asia's leading yacht dealer and broker, unveiled an impressive line-up of more than ten yachts at this year's Singapore Yacht Show (SYS) at ONE15 Marina. They included a good mix of power boats, sailing boats and superyachts ranging from approximately 12 to 60 metres.
During the show, Simpson Marine launched a new brand, bold and exciting Atlantis (by Azimut-Benetti), showcasing the stunning new Verve 36. This was the boat's first debut in Asia.
Simpson Marine also showcased superyachts including SY Montigne, a very special 57-metre triple-masted schooner which fulfils the needs of the most discerning superyacht purchaser; the 52m Matahari, a CRN vessel built for the Emir of Bahrain; Hye Seas II, an elegant and swift 35.5m Azimut Grande 116; and Zeepaard, a 37m 122' explorer yacht.