Della Pearce: Singapore shining again
In a Column for YACHT STYLE, Della Pearce of Hong Seh explains that she’s delighted to see her home city take centre stage again, with stunning yachts making their Asia debuts, regional and international sailing events, and lots to look forward to in the coming year.
Della Pearce, Fernando Alonso and Edward Tan at the Sunreef event in Singapore
Singapore and the region have experienced a great deal of yachting activity since late last year, when we welcomed Sunreef ambassador Fernando Alonso as the two-time F1 champion visited Singapore (click for article) and later hosted the first Ferretti Beach Out on Lazarus Island (click for article). This is largely due to the increasing number of events in the Southeast Asia region and the growing affluence in the region.
The area’s climate makes it an ideal location for yachting, with steady winds, warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine throughout the year. Furthermore, with sophisticated marinas and world-class yacht clubs, Singapore and its neighbouring states are quickly becoming a hub for yachting enthusiasts from around the region.
Hong Seh concluded 2022 with the Ferretti Beach Out
Last year was incredible for large boat deliveries in Singapore, with over 10 superyachts ranging from 28-44m delivered into the city. We’re proud to say that Hong Seh accounted for five of those including a Custom Line Navetta 30, the brand’s first new build sold into the city.
The sales of these superyachts coincide with the number of family offices that have now moved to Singapore. Furthermore, with the presence of these larger yachts, there has been a growing demand for professional yacht management services in Singapore that weren’t needed for smaller boats.
As Singapore’s exclusive dealer for Ferretti Yachts, Riva and Pershing from Italy’s Ferretti Group, Hong Seh Yachting is now looking forward to delivering two iconic, luxury boats to clients in Singapore – a Rivamare and a wallypower58. With their sleek designs and state-of-the-art features, they offer exceptional comfort and luxury to their owners.
A stalwart of Riva’s iconic Open series, the Rivamare is a 39ft yacht which has been meticulously crafted to offer opulent living quarters, with stylish interiors and a spacious deck.
Wally’s wallypower 58
On the other hand, the wallypower58 boasts an innovative design that optimises space and performance. These Riva and Wally models are exceptional boats that are sure to impress anyone who enjoys the finer things in life.
The recent Singapore Yachting Festival showcased the latest and greatest in yachting technology, equipment and accessories.
Hong Seh hosted a Ferretti Yachts 500 open day in February
The four-day event provided an opportunity for visitors to get up close and personal with a range of stunning yachts and boats, and to learn more about the various aspects of yachting.
Featuring seminars, demonstrations and exhibitions from leading experts within the yachting industry, the Festival offered a wealth of information for both experienced yachtsmen and those new to boating.
Hong Seh Yachting and Ferretti Group at Singapore Yachting Festival
Our display at the Singapore Yachting Festival included the Asia debut of the Ferretti Yachts 860 – the brand’s third-largest model – a Ferretti Yachts 780, Ferretti Yachts 720 and a Ferretti Yachts 500. It was great to spend several days with friends from Ferretti Group in Italy and the Ferretti Group Asia Pacific office in Hong Kong, who all flew in for the event.
We also displayed a Schaefer V33 from Brazil and a Zodiac Medline 6.8 RIB from France, as we also represent Sunreef, Boston Whaler, Schaefer and Zodiac under Hong Seh Marine.
Four Ferretti Yachts models at the Singapore Yachting Festival
Earlier in the year, Singapore’s first SailGP marked a significant milestone in the nation’s history of sailing. The event brought the world’s top sailors and teams to Singapore to compete in thrilling races aboard high-performance F50 catamarans.
The event showcased Singapore’s ability to host world-class sporting events, with state-of-the-art facilities and stunning views of the city skyline providing a perfect backdrop for the races. There were a fleet of 80-100 boats out on the water to view the F50s, a spectacle in itself.
SailGP in Singapore
Soon after, this year’s edition of the Neptune Regatta again started at Nongsa Point Marina on the Indonesian island of Batam, an hour’s ferry ride southeast of Singapore, with participants sailing to the equator.
The regatta attracts participants from the local community as well as international sailors. The competition features several categories, including cruising and racing divisions, and includes both power and sail vessels.
ONE°15 Marina Nirup Island
There’s plenty more to look out for south of Singapore, with the highly anticipated marina on Nirup Island set to open its doors to the public in the middle of the year. Even closer to Singapore than Batam is, the small Indonesian island is surrounded by coral reefs and clear blue water, and will feature luxurious resort accommodation and a host of yachting amenities.
As the countdown to its opening continues, expectations remain high, and boaters are already eagerly awaiting the chance to experience Nirup Island for themselves.
And there’s more to look forward to. Hong Seh recently became a sponsor of the 35-strong Singapore Sailing Team (click for article), whose competitions include the SEA Games in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in May and the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China from September 23-October 8.
Hong Seh with the Singapore Sailing Team
Our sponsorship also covers the Paris 2024 Olympics in France, where the sailing competition will be held in Marseille from July 28-August 8.
Hong Seh’s representation of Sunreef since last year marked the company’s entry into sailing and power catamarans including solar-electric Eco models, so this sponsorship echoed our growing commitment to the sailing community.
Edward Tan receives a Singapore Sailing Federation jacket
Edward Tan, Executive Director of Hong Seh Group, presented a cheque for SG$70,000 to the Singapore Sailing Federation in April. Asian Games gold medallists Cecilia Low and Kimberly Lim, who aim to defend their 49erFX title at the Hangzhou Asian Games, were among over 30 athletes, coaches, Executive Board members and senior management attending the cheque presentation.
The sponsorship will help cover costs for uniforms, technical and competition apparel
for the sailors, coaches and support staff. The Federation even presented Edward with an official Singapore Sailing jacket featuring the Hong Seh logo on the right sleeve.
Della Pearce (second left) and Hong Seh colleagues
Pearce is Director of both Hong Seh Yachting, which represents Ferretti Yachts, Riva and Pershing, and Hong Seh Marine, representing Sunreef, Boston Whaler, Schaefer and Zodiac, while the company’s services include yacht management, chartering, maintenance and brokerage. She entered the industry in 2005, mentored by Scott Walker of Asia Pacific Superyachts Singapore, and apprenticed at a marina, assisting with RYA sailing courses before graduating from Singapore Maritime Academy. From 2011, she worked for Simpson Marine in Singapore and Hainan before joining Hong Seh in 2016.
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