YACHT STYLE sponsors first Grow Boating Singapore
YACHT STYLE, ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove and Singapore Marine Guide were sponsor, host and organiser respectively of the first Grow Boating Singapore event.
YACHT STYLE’S Olivier Burlot addresses the audience
YACHT STYLE sponsored the first edition of Grow Boating Singapore, which was organised by Wade Pearce of Singapore Marine Guide and held at the Boaters’ Bar at ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove on May 5.
Welcome by Wade Pearce of Singapore Marine Guide
Pearce and YACHT STYLE’S Olivier Burlot made speeches, while attending companies included Azimut Yachts Singapore, Ferretti Group Asia Pacific, Benetti Asia, Simpson Marine, Hong Seh Yachting, Boat Lagoon Yachting, Asia Pacific Superyachts, Asia Superyacht Development, ONE°15 Marina and Marina at Keppel Bay.
The event attracts a cross-section of the yacht industry including captains and crew, charter operators and charter agencies, yacht brokers and yacht agencies, boating suppliers, marina and shipyard managers, shipyard representatives and yacht dealers.
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.”
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.”
Note: The story above is an updated version of the preview on May 5