Singapore hosts first Grow Boating event
ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove, YACHT STYLE and Singapore Marine Guide are host, sponsor and organiser respectively of the first Grow Boating Singapore event.
ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove is hosting the first edition of Grow Boating Singapore at its Boaters’ Bar on the evening of May 5. YACHT STYLE is sponsor of the event, which is organised by Wade Pearce of Singapore Marine Guide.
Similar in format and spirit to the Grow Boating Evening events in Thailand (including one at Royal Phuket Marina on May 6), the Grow Boating Singapore event is set to be held on the first Thursday of each month at varying locations.
“Grow Boating Singapore is a monthly meet-up of boating industry professionals who have an interest in developing the boating scene in Singapore,” Pearce said. “We are linked by the goal to develop the industry in Southeast Asia.”
The event is attended by captains and crew, charter operators and charter agencies, yacht brokers and yacht agencies, boating suppliers, marina and shipyard managers, shipyard representatives and yacht dealers.
Pearce said he hoped the monthly gathering would not only link the various sectors within the pleasure boating industry but also help create more dialogue with government departments.
“The Singapore boating community has developed exponentially over the past two years as Covid restrictions drove people to get back into boating or start. Although there are more boats in the marinas and more people on the water, the industry is hampered by a lack of industry leadership, clear communication and investment in parts and service. This is needed to develop new talent, set industry standards and ensure a business ecosystem for the boating community,” Pearce said.
“When it comes to regulation, training and service for the boating industry, we’re currently unable to access the various government agencies that manage port waters, immigration, manpower and land, which continues to hamper the viability of the industry.
“With Grow Boating Singapore, we hope this will encourage a collective voice and fair explanation of current industry issues, so the Singapore Boating Industry Association or other boating associations can approach the relevant government agencies and other industry bodies with a collective voice to be involved in policy, safety, promotion and communications.”