This week the Phuket King’s Cup and Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous has attracted boats from around the region and 17 superyachts to enjoy the tropical lifestyle off the coast and is often regarded as the signal to the start of the Yachting season around Asia.

The Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous (8th – 10th December) is supported by some big names within the industry, Feadship, Azimut, Bennetti, Royal Huisman, Princess and SanLorenzo are among the most notable yacht builders in the world and all stand behind the event as the place to be and be seen in December in Asia. Such is the attention generated that even Financial Review attended and observed the booming industry and likelihood of the such interest spreading further South to Australia. Lionel Louw is a yachting enthusiast and spoke with Fiona Carruthers from AFR about his lifestyle and how he divides time between Perth, Western Australia, Phuket Thailand and Cape Town, South Africa, all whilst sipping on a cold Singha beer on a magnificent 32m Princess Motor Yacht. Fiona’s article can be found here:–boom-could-spread-to-australia-20171209-h01w7d

Phuket Kings Cup runs from the 2nd – 9th December and attracted 79 entrants this year, sailing dramatic conditions, the first three days featuring strong winds and very good weather conditions, with lighter air returning later in the week. This has allowed sailors from 20 countries to use their skills and tactical knowledge to best leverage advantages where they present themselves. More information for the 31st Anniversary of the Phuket Kings Cup Regatta can be found here:

The buzz and activity of both events creates an energy within industry, the marinas, restaurants and service providers. It is also a great gauge to determine how busy the season shall be and listen to the latest topics, concerns and rumours from crew, owners, guests and cruising sailors.

With around 25 yachts over 24m currently in and around Phuket, the signals for a great season ahead are positive. Many yachts are now using Phuket as a pitstop to refuel, rejuvenate crew, carry out repairs and maintenance prior to cruising further around S.E. Asia.

AYC Superyacht Recruitment met with the captain from the 62.5m Icon Yachts, M.Y. Party Girl this week to learn of their program and how Phuket has been the first opportunity in months for the crew to take some time off, switch over to shore power and get some urgent maintenance carried out. They plan to stay within the region for the next few months and is offered  for charter from $475,000 p/week + expenses.

The Thailand Yacht Show (TYS) rescheduled for February 22nd – 25th at AoPo Grand Marina to take advantage of the Chinese New year holidays and the great weather experienced in the region at this time of year.

AYC Superyacht Recruitment is strong supporter for the development of the yachting industry in Asia and eager to extend assistance to all visiting superyachts, for local knowledge, sourcing professional crew, recommended service providers or even just down to earth unbiased suggestions on where to go and what to do, get in touch with our local representatives through


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