APSA Grand Tour webinars in January
Asia-Pacific Superyacht Association offers free registration for its Grand Tour webinar series on three successive Tuesdays – January 12, 19 and 26.
The Asia Pacific Superyacht Association is hosting the APSA Grand Tour 2021 webinar series on January 12, 19 and 26, with each session starting at 5pm Hong Kong/Singapore time. To register, click: here
Kicking off APSA’s 10th anniversary celebrations, the three-part webinar series covers cruising and charter in Asia-Pacific while promoting the region as the world’s ‘third cruising destination’.
Session 1 (January 12) focuses on Oceania/Pacific, with an introduction by Nigel Beatty, Chairman of APSA, and David Good, CEO of Superyacht Australia. The panellists are Mark Wightman (Integrated Marine), Angela Pennefather (Melanesian Luxury Yachts) and Trenton Gay (Gold Coast City Marina).
APSA has members in Australia, New Zealand, Melanesia, Tahiti, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. The Pacific Ocean is a vast cruising area, while Australia and New Zealand offer specialised shipyard services, as well as technical and professional expertise, making them suitable for refit or maintenance stopovers.
Session 2 (January 19) is for East Asia and starts with introductions by Joe Yuen, APSA’s Honorary Treasurer, and Expat Marine’s Colin Dawson, a founding member of APSA. Mike Simpson (Simpson Marine), Nigel Beatty (SYL Japan) and Captain Paul Brackley (Central Yacht) are the panellists.
APSA has members in mainland China, particularly the Greater Bay Area and Hainan, as well as Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan. As well as cruising grounds, this region also offers opportunities for refits and maintenance.
Session 3 (January 26) focuses on South and Southeast Asia, with introductions by Beatty and Richard Lofthouse of Catalano Shipping Services. Gordon Fernandes (Asia Pacific Superyachts), Andy Shorten (The Lighthouse Consultancy) and Scott Walker (NABS Engineering/Asia Pacific Superyachts) are the panellists.
APSA has members in Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand) and South Asia (India and Sri Lanka), regions that provide diverse, adventurous cruising and charter opportunities, with service and refit also available.
Fraser shows that charterers turned to destinations closer to home in 2020, while owners looking to buy a brand-new superyacht have many in-builds to choose from.