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Elite weigh anchor for Asia Superyacht Rendezvous

PHUKET: The Asia Superyacht Rendezvous (ASR) has welcomed many of the world’s finest uber-luxurious craft to Phuket over the past 15 years and this year’s event is no exception.

The Phuket ASR 2016 is a custom-designed gathering specially for superyacht owners and captains, and the organizers are very exited about some of the new vessels streaming in for the show of elegance on the water. As well as the traditional sailing races, a host of off-water events are also planned for the upcoming Phuket ASR.

“The elite gathering, held December 16-18 every year, consistently attracts superior sail and power vessels from among the world’s stunning superyachts”, announced ASR organizers Gordon Fernandes and Captain Charlie Dwyer.

“For the first time, the two days of Superyacht Racing will culminate in an ‘Asia Superyacht Rendezvous Cup’ award. Our guests may choose to race, or simply enjoy the pleasure of being out on the water during the races, cheering on their favorites,” said Mr Fernandes.

Owners attending ASR are elated by their experience, said Gordon, sharing remarks from one of last year’s registrants: “You can forget the Med and the Caribbean. As a relatively new owner of a superyacht, I am keen to learn more about cruising in the region, even on to Myanmar, and further into Asia. The Superyacht Rendezvous provides a unique opportunity at which to do so, while learning from other owners’ experiences.”

Johnny Warrillow, owner of superyacht Maverick II, said: “We attended because it is a very friendly gathering in Phuket of yacht owners. The region has an exciting future as a base in Asia, and it’s fun to be part of it from the start. The relaxed and informal opening party sets the tone for the rest of the event, where friendships are forged over shared experiences.”

Following the opening welcome and race course outline by Captain Andy Dowden, guests will be whisked away by tenders to celebrate aboard the unique and beautiful Phinisi-style Dania Baru for the opening night’s cocktail party. The following day offers opportunities for relaxed socializing and spectacular superyacht sailing races.

In the evening, it’s party time with racing and yacht crew teams taking part in the wild and festive model boat-building contest, the Benetti Challenge, held at the SALA Phuket Resort & Spa.

Joining the 2016 Rendezvous are an outstanding group of ASR sponsors and media partners led by Co-Sponsors Benetti Yachts and Benetti Hong Kong, Asia Pacific Superyachts, and host hotel SALA Resort & Spa Phuket. Major media partners include Lux Media Group and Heart Media, YACHTStyle and Palace magazines along with longtime ASR media partner, the Phuket Gazette and The Nation newspapers.

Also on board for the ASR 2016 are STC Magazine (Shanghai Travelers’ Club) media group out of New York and Hong Kong and other international yachting and lifestyle publications.

An elite superyacht gathering on land and water, the Rendezvous is a wonderful way for superyacht owners and captains to meet others and compare notes in a relaxed social setting without distractions.

Held in an exclusive, non-commercial environment, the event provides owners, captains and crews with thrilling superyacht racing and the option to join in or view on the water.

To learn more visit Invitations are extended to yachts 25m and longer. Email: or

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