|Continuity assured as Ocean Property confirms ownership of ToG|
Following the successful 10th Anniversary Top of the Gulf Regatta, the dates have been set for next year – 30th April to 4th May 2015 – and organisers are planning for a strong fleet of boats ranging from dinghies to large keelboats and multihulls hosted at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Jomtien, Pattaya.
Racing for the keelboats and multihulls will take place 1st to 4th May while the Optimists, competing in the Thailand National Optimist Championships, dinghies and beach catamarans will race over three days, 1st to 3rd May. Registration for the keelboat and multihull classes, together with a practice race and opening party will be on Thursday 30th April.
Ownership of the Regatta has been vested in Ocean Property Co. Ltd, owners of Ocean Marina, while the organising committee structure remains the same with Co-Founder and long-serving Chairman Mr. William Gasson appointed Co-Chairman with Ocean Property's Mr. Kirati Assakul, also a regular competitor at the Regatta on his multihull Sonic. Reflecting the ownership change, the Regatta sees a change of name: Top of the Gulf Regatta Presented by Ocean Marina.
Ensuring continuity, the Regatta format remains unchanged and over the coming years will evolve in response to competitors' needs, as it has over the past 10 years. Home of the Regatta since its inception, Ocean Marina have undergone significant expansion in recent years and is now the largest marina in South East Asia. In addition to the expansion in berthing, dry storage and onshore facilities, a new 75 ton Travel Lift has been added and extensive dredging taken place. The dredging will allow for more of the larger keelboats, such as the TP52s – of which organisers have received new enquiries already – to berth and join the Regatta, and with the favourable berthing rates for yachts proceeding to the Samui Regatta this bodes well for an increased participation in 2015. Ten years on, the Top of the Gulf Regatta Presented by Ocean Marina has become firmly established on the sailing map, is one of the 12 five-star regattas selected to be a part of the prestigious AsianYachting Grand Prix circuit, and today welcomes sailors of more than 35 nationalities each year to compete.
About the Top of the Gulf Regatta Presented by Ocean Marina Founded in 2005 the 2015 Top of the Gulf Regatta Presented by Ocean Marina will take place 30 th April to 4 th May. Owned and organised by Ocean Property, the Regatta is hosted by Ocean Marina Yacht Club with support from the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, Royal Thai Navy, Royal Varuna Yacht Club and Pattaya City. The Top of the Gulf Regatta Presented by Ocean Marina is unique: it is the largest multi-class sailing event of its kind in Asia, incorporates the Coronation Cup and the Thailand National Optimist Championships, and is the only regatta in Thailand hosted at a marina. In recognition of the Regatta's success and cementing its position on the international sailing calendar, Top of the Gulf Regatta Presented by Ocean Marina was recently voted 'Asian Regatta of the Year' at the 2014 Asian Marine & Boating Awards.
The largest multi-class event of its kind in Asia, the Top of the Gulf Regatta Presented by Ocean Marina regularly welcomes over 250 boats and more than 650 sailors to compete across 10 or more classes, and incorporates the Coronation Cup – competed for by onedesign Platus – and the Thailand National Optimist Championships. Organised by Ocean Property, the 2015 Top of the Gulf Regatta Presented by Ocean Marina will take place 30 th April to 4 th May, hosted by Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Jomtien, Pattaya, Thailand.For more information, visit www.topofthegulfregatta.com
Record numbers of visitors are expected at the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show this year as the organisers, Ocean Property, confirm a new expanded four-day format, increased exhibition space and an exciting programme of activities including the International Fishing Boat Competition and Boat & Yacht Thailand 2014 Conference. Held 27 th to 30 th November 2014 at South East Asia's largest marina, Ocean Marina in Jomtien, Greater Pattaya, the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show has grown to become a hotly anticipated annual showcase of everything marine and associated lifestyle all within easy access of Bangkok and the capital's international gateway, Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Thailand's multi-million-US dollar marine industry is the envy of AEC countries and Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show is at the heart of the industry's growth.
"Now in it's third year, the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show has grown from strength-tostrength. This year we have expanded the show to be four days from Thursday 27 th November to Sunday 30 th November, giving visitors more time to enjoy the spectacular array of exhibits, products and services on offer," said Mrs. Supatra Angkawinijwong, Deputy Managing Director of Ocean Property, the organisers.
"We welcomed over 4,000 visitors to last year's Show, and as the popularity of Ocean Marina and the Gulf of Thailand as a marine hub in South East Asia grows, we expect the number of visitors to increase further this year to more than 6,000." With a total of 12,000 sqm of onshore and on-water exhibition space this year – an increase of 20% – businesses have been quick to reserve their space. On the back of strong early bookings, organisers expect more than 100 exhibitors, a clear sign of strength in Thailand's marine and lifestyle sector. "The quick pace at which marine businesses and companies in the marine and lifestyle sector have reserved space is very encouraging. Onshore the exhibition area will be larger than ever before and on-water the line-up of boats includes many of the top brands in the world," added Mrs. Angkawinijwong. In co-operation with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Ocean Marina – South East Asia's largest marina – is driving growth of Pattaya's marine leisure tourism and positioning Pattaya as the premier upscale beach resort destination in Thailand. Taking place for the first time this year from 29 th to 30 th November, is the International Fishing Boat Competition. Open for teams of upto three people, the two day competition is organised by the Thailand Fishing Tackle Trade and Manufacture Association in co-operation with Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show, and prizes are awarded for the top 10 hauls in two categories. Another addition to the Boat Show programme, and a first of its kind in Thailand, is the Boat & Yacht Thailand 2014 Conference which will take place on 28 th November. Under the theme of 'Green Boating' the one-day conference will provide a platform for marine industry experts and boating enthusiasts to share their ideas about environmentally friendly marine craft, alternative energies, equipment and other green innovations for pleasure boats and watercraft. Other highlights at this year's Boat Show include free yacht cruises, kayak and paddle boat experiences, an open-air drinks and food festival with live band, jetpack flying board and radio control power boat demonstrations, games and much more. Now in its third year, the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show is held in high regard both internationally and domestically. Providing a valuable platform for marine and lifestyle businesses to showcase their products to discerning customers, the Show is also a unique opportunity for visitors to get onboard a boat, walk through and experience a boat, and learn more about the marine and luxury lifestyle that is on offer in Thailand.For more information:
About Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show
About Ocean Marina
Ocean Marina is home to the annual Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show and Top of the Gulf Regatta - Asia's largest multi-class regatta - and has been the official venue for leading international events, including CataWorld Cup, 24th SEA Games, as well as large-scale concerts by Grammy, Cool FM and more.
Port Blair, India —Those interested in cruising the clear waters of the Andaman Seas will find enchanting islands with miles of seclusion… offering drift diving over coral gardens, soft sandy beaches and pure blue waters, a water temperature of 28º, cool nights and good sailing winds.Cruising motoryacht builder Explorer Motor Yachts has announced development of two new lines to expand its range of flybridge and pilot house cruisers. The Odyssey line comprise passage-maker cruisers and the Hudson Bay line is made up of classic-style single-level sports yachts.
A paradise of anchorage options awaits and skippers will find Thailand's Phuket an excellent departure to cruise the 400 NM to Port Blair in the Bay of Bengal. You can fly or sail down from either Phuket or Langkawi, Malaysia to the entry port of Port Blair located at 11º40.3'North x 92º44.2' East.
Port Blair is the capital of this union territory and well connected to mainland India with Kolkata in the East of India and Chennai in the south of India serving as primary gateways.
A major challenge when visiting a new wilderness destination is knowing where to go, where to anchor and what to see along with trying to figure out the time-consuming checking in and checking out procedures of a new destination. R. Rathnam operates the leading professional yacht handling & facilitation agency, Asia Pacific Superyachts Andamans, and can assist with all of this while arranging for an Itinerary specifically designed to the Captain's interests and requests.
Visitors to the Andamans are allowed a 30-day visa, though Mr. Rathnam notes he can advise on longer stays. He and his team can provide the expert assistance needed through a vessel's arrival and departure as clearance procedures at Port Blair can be a lengthy experience requiring lots of paperwork. Customs, Immigration, Coast Guard, Harbour Master and the Forestry Department all require written requests before providing formal written approvals. Arrival and departure procedures for these needs and for visas, health and security can be professionally and efficiently handled with you by your agent.
Port Blair is steeped in British tradition and holds many delights for visitors while numerous procedures and paperwork are completed with the guidance of an experienced agent. It may take up to a couple of days to clear in, including arranging with the Harbour Master to take on water at the commercial dock and to ensure all paperwork is completed and provisioning has been done. In fact, Asia Pacific Superyachts Andamans can bring provisions right to your yacht from their new provisioning facility at Port Blair.
Your agent can also plan and submit the detailed itineraries which will require twice daily radio check-ins to ensure the authorities know where the vessel is at all times. While guide books provide some indication for an itinerary, they invariably omit some of the best spots. A good agent will tailor an itinerary drawing on extensive knowledge and include advice of navigational hazards along with options for quality accommodation, vehicle hire, air travel and helicopter. Reporting on the following islands, Mr. Rathnam shares a few favored skippers' anchorages below with location.
Rutland Island, latitude 11º 25.7' North, longitude 92º36.8' East
Discover fresh turtle tracks on the beach during egg laying season. Make day sails from the island anchorage to isolated reefs and swim with schools of large double headed parrot fish, moray eels and view crayfish hiding in rocks amongst millions of beautiful reef fish.
Havelock Island, beach #7, latitude 11º58N, longitude 92º57E Ashore is a great Italian restaurant and tourism here is low key, back-packer based and easy on the pocket. The local market town is a delightful experience where you can select some ginger spiced samosas while enjoying a glass of chai, then stocking up on freshly picked produce at local market gardens. The beach often has great waves, just perfect for boogie boarding and body surfing followed by late afternoon fishing. However note that arriving by dinghy on this beach can often be challenging.
Inglis Island, latitude 12º 08n, longitude 93º 06E You can anchor in a stunning passage between two islands and inspect the reef by dinghy. While trawling you might catch a polka dot cod amongst the underwater delights. And watch out for a crocodile! An Andaman Islands itinerary, including the above (but not including Nicobar Islands) might consist of any of the following islands: Long Island, Inglis Island, Rutland Island, Ross Island, Tarmugli Island, Inglis Island, Cinque Islands, North Sentinel Island, Neill Island, Kyd Island, Havelock Island, John Lawrence Island, Henry Lawrence Island, Outram Island, North Passage Island and Barren Island.
The Barren Island volcano, the only confirmed active volcano in South Asia (most recent eruption was 2 May 2006), could be at least 1.8 million years old according to a group of scientists at Ahmedabad-based Physical Research Laboratory and the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay. The Andamans climate and weather may be described as normal for tropical islands of similar latitude. It is always warm but tempered by pleasant sea breezes and can be very hot when the sun is northing. The rainfall is irregular but usually dry during the north-east, and very wet during the south-west monsoon. An incredible and unique journey awaits those wanting to experience a different world – to learn more about Superyacht cruising in the Andamans, email R. Rathnam at andamans@asiapacific- superyachts.com
Describing the Odyssey line, Explorer Motor Yachts CEO Mark Campion said: "Everything I learned from many years of offshore sailing has gone into these boats. "I was fortunate to learn from some of the great 'old sea dogs' who are not around any more and I have rolled that skill and knowledge into the design and construction of the Odyssey boats."
Explorer has announced two models in the Odyssey line, a 52 and a 62-footer. Campion said the boats have been designed and developed to take on the world oceans, carrying owners and friends across thousands of blue water miles in style and safety.
"They combine rugged construction with the highest levels of luxury on board," he said. "We have also included elements that all offshore skippers and navigators will appreciate. The dedicated pilot house combines comfort and control. We have a dedicated and fully equipped chart table on each boat. I would never go to sea without a full set of paper charts, even though the boats are equipped with the very latest of electronic navigation aids."
Moulds for two Odyssey passage-makers are complete at the company's yard, with the hull of an Odyssey 62 already out of the mould. The Hudson Bay line combines the classic look of traditional Explorer flybridge models with a single-level entertainer sports yacht layout and functionality The first in this line is a Hudson Bay 50 model with two boats already delivered. The Hudson Bay 50 is offered with either a three or two cabin layout, each with a full-beam master stateroom amidships. The Explorer Motor Yachts web site is www.explorermotoryachts.com.
The design of the H48 was developed by Albert Nazarov's Albatross Marine design team; the H48's hull shape is the quintessence of AMD's catamaran experience providing a soft ride and fuel efficiency in wide range of semi-planing speeds. Seakeeping was the primary concern and vertical accelerations have been reduced by 30-50% compared to monohull craft. The structure is composed of high-tech sandwich laminate using Finite Element methods; the experience of extensive testing and service records of high-speed patrol boat hulls was applied. The H48 can be beached and the propellers and rudders are well protected by skegs. A synonym for catamaran is "space" and the flybridge and saloon on the new H48 are spacious and great for in/ outdoor picnics with a barbeque. Of special concern were the exterior styling and interior ergonomics: Albatross did not want to squeeze space to accommodate a maximum numbers of bunks and bathrooms. Styling can be impressive for those who want to stand out and be seen, but without going to extremes, which often make "innovative looking" boats unpractical. The boat is being put into production by the Bakri Cono Shipyard. Main particulars: length of hull 14.7m; beam 7.2m, displacement full load – 24t, engines in range 2x260HP with top speed to 17tks fully loaded (other engine options possible); certification CE/RCD Cat B. www.amdesign.co.th
French Polynesia —" I would like to report that Tahiti charter tax has just dropped to 5% of gross revenues (the previous rate was 12%)", Etienne Boutin of Asia Pacific Superyachts Tahiti recently announced. "We hope this change will help more guests decide on our islands as their next charter destination and enjoy the French Polynesia preserved marine environment and fun land- based activities."Multihull Solutions has further expanded its Asian network of multihull sales with a recent agreement giving Northrop & Johnson the license to represent the company's stable of brands in Hong Kong, Vietnam and the Philippines. N&J can sell power and sail multihulls represented by Multihull Solutions Asia Ltd throughout these specific regions. The two-year agreement also gives N&J the rights to sell any of Multihull Solutions' exclusive pre-owned brokerage listings through their own network of sales offices, giving vendors significantly increased exposure to potential Asian buyers. Multihull Solutions Asia general manager Andrew de Bruin said the agreement was signed during thes Singapore Yacht Show and represents an exciting development for the company.
This drop of the charter tax, combined with the recent extension of yachts allowed a "duty-free Stay" to 36 months, is also a great opportunity for yacht owners in the Asia-Pacific region and further afield to base their yacht in Tahiti", the agent explains.
Etienne notes French Polynesia charter regulations were first put in place in 1995 and simplified in 2004. One hundred large yachts have applied for a license since then. The license is granted to yachts over a certain size and quality (yacht with a value over US$1M, has a weekly charter tariff of US$15,500 with minimum crew of three). The agent explains: "We (APS Tahiti agency) will organize the charter license application and will also manage all the paperwork involved for a seamless experience, leaving the crew to the only important task on board: the guests' satisfaction."
Etienne Boutin has worked over 20 years in the shipping and yachting industry before creating Tahiti Ocean in 1995 as the first agency exclusively dedicated to the service of luxury yachts visiting French Polynesia. He now heads up Asia Pacific Superyachts Tahiti. CONTACT:
"We welcome the opportunity work with Northrop & Johnson who have an outstanding international reputation and history," Andrew said. "The partnership provides a fantastic boost to our brands, and we look forward to seeing Fountaine Pajot, Catana, Fountaine Pajot Motor Yachts, NEEL Trimarans and our other brands enjoying even greater exposure in the greater Asian region," he said. "The agreement also provides further reason for those wishing to sell their boat to list it with our brokerage division. The combined power of the two companies' international sales reach, expansive buyer databases and professional marketing campaigns delivers a compelling advantage over other yacht brokerages.
Since the company's launch at the 2014 PIMEX show, Multihull Solutions has been overwhelmed by the response to its expansion into Asia. The team has already sold a number of new multihulls as well as securing contracts on several pre-owned brokerage catamarans, and is enjoying solid success at the Singapore Yacht Show where it is showcasing the Summerland 40 Long Range and the Queensland 55 by Fountaine Pajot Motor Yachts.
Multihull Solutions is the exclusive distributor of Fountaine Pajot and Catana Catamarans in southeast Asia and also represent Sunreef Yachts, TAG Yachts, NEEL Trimarans and Privilège Catamarans in the region. The company has offices in Phuket and Singapore to provide sales and service for new and pre-owned multihulls. Further information about Multihull Solutions Asia or its recent agreement with Northrop & Johnson can be obtained by contacting Multihull Solutions in Thailand on +66 (0)8 1894 1530+66 (0)8 1894 1530, emailing
About ONE°15 Marina Club
Located in Sentosa Cove, the prime leisure district of Singapore, ONE°15 Marina Club features a beautiful marina of 270 berths with facilities to accommodate megayachts of up to 200 feet. The wellappointed clubhouse encompasses worldclass facilities including fine restaurants and bars, luxurious suite rooms, a modern spa, a wellequipped gymnasium, members' and kids' lounges as well as conference and meeting rooms. Evoking the glamour and elegance of Monte Carlo, ONE°15 Marina Club is emerging as Asia's most desired waterfront leisure destination.
ONE°15 Marina Club is the winner of several international accolades including:
♦ Outstanding Hospitality Award at the Singapore Yacht Show 2013
♦ Asian Marina of the Year consecutively from 2012 - 2014,
♦ Best Asian Marina /Best Yachting Club 2009,
♦ The prestigious FIVE Gold Anchor Award
The Club also has the honour of hosting upscale international yachting events including:
♦ Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race,
♦ Volvo Ocean Race 2008/09,
♦ Asia Superyacht Conference 2009 – 2011,
♦ Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference 2012 & 2013,
♦ 6th Asia Pacific Yachting Conference 2014
♦ Singapore Yacht Show 2011 – 2014
For more information, log onto www.one15marina.com
Ideally located in the Phu Yen Province of Vietnam with direct links to Tuy Hoa and its Dong Tac Airport, Vung Ro Bay development is a convenient location for both tourists and residents alike.
The development will comprise several hotels with over 760 rooms, 4,300 apartments, 100 luxury townhouses, a variety of retail shops and a 400m sandy beach as well as the marina berths. The gross commercial area will total approximately 200,000 square meters, providing space for schools, healthcare facilities, retailing, leisure and entertainment complexes as well as the ONE15 Vung Ro Bay marina. Already garnering international support, the Vung Ro Bay Master Plan won the Silver Award at MIPIM in Hong Kong in November 2013 as a travel and living destination.
Mr. Arthur Tay, Chairman of ONEÚ15 Marina Club and SUTL Group of Companies, enthuses: "the creation of the ONE15 Vung Ro Marina Resort is the start of something very exciting for ONEÚ15 Marina Club and SUTL. In Asia, we are seeing more and more aspiring generations wanting to embrace new lifestyle choices such as yachting and waterfront living. As an integrated marina property developer we believe in sharing what we know to help build the marina property business in the region, and are actively pursuing marina projects in Vietnam, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and China. Be it seaside, lakeside or riverside, we expect to see more infrastructure being built to accommodate this growing demand and governments putting the appropriate regulatory environment in place for yachting and marina activities. These developments present many opportunities for us. This collaboration with Vung Ro Petroleum Co. is certainly a step in the right direction for us."