Do you want to look ‘cool’ and mess about on the water? Then, head out to Singapore. With over 100 yachts and boats on display, 100+ exhibitors and more than 30 social events, the 2018 Singapore Yacht Show is the ‘blue riband’ event of the year.
The 52m long M/Y Prana will make a “World Premiere” and there are a few other yachts expected as “Asia Premieres”.
Held at ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove from the 12 to 15 April 2018, here are four ‘not-to-be-missed’ activities even if you never actually sail…
The Sentosa Ball
On Thursday 12 April, ’hob-nob’ with the beautiful people, yachting personalities and other luminaries at the W Singapore, Sentosa Cove for the glamorous Gala Ball.
Art Works Soiree
Forget about the dinghies, boats, and more boats at the Singapore Yacht Show. The Art Works Soiree will be held in the West Pavilion on Saturday 14 April. Are you tempted to sink your money into non-floating assets? The Soiree gives budding art investors with an overview of market trends and some modern pieces of art to fritter away your spare cash. This exclusive event is only open to a “select few”, so you have dto contact Art Works if you are interested.
Boardwalk Retail Village
It’s all about the Gift Shop!
Apart from food & beverage outlets, a Boardwalk Retail Village will be along the public esplanade. If you can’t afford a superyacht, console yourself with retail therapy from 30 booths and a diverse range of lifestyle goods.
Yacht Cruises & Parties
You don’t actually have to buy a yacht for pay-to-play. There are daily hour-long mini-cruises around the southern waters of Singapore, followed by fabulous yacht parties every evening. E-mail the organisers for the tickets.
W Singapore – Sentosa Cove Hotel
Yachtless and no where to stay? Fear not! There are preferential rates at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove boutique hotel. The official hotel for the Singapore Yacht Show is by the water. There are a limited number of rooms and suites, with big discounts for VIPs, exhibitors and visitors to the show.
What’s Hot on the South China Seas?
Catamarans are very popular and for a good reason. The beam (width) of a boat is where the owner entertains. Two hulls of a catamaran provide ample and private accommodation. They are stable, seafaring boats which can be motor or sailing yachts and they are fuel efficient.
There is section of the Singapore Yacht Show dedicated to catamarans. In no particular order, here are five catamarans to look out for, me hearties!
1. Fountaine Pajot 44 presented by Multihull Solutions
This is the Asian premiere of this French-built motor catamaran. She is 44-feet (13.4-m) in length with an enormous 21.7-feet or 6.61-m beam. The Fountaine Pajot 44 motor yacht has twin Volvo Penta IPS 350 pod drives below deck for a 2000-nautical mile range.
The big deal really is the big space she offers. This motor catamaran has a combined living and accommodation space of over 50sq.m. – more than most inner-city apartments and more likely found in a much larger boat. For the lesser mortal, it will be moored next to the ‘baby’ Fountaine Pajot Lucia 40.
2. Lagoon 40 and 50 Catamarans presented by Simpson Marine
Both are Asian premieres from another French yacht builder, Lagoon Catamarans. They are selling on “European sophistication”, which always goes down well with the East Asians. The technical updates extend beyond the aesthetic to performance and handling allowing smooth sailing for even the smallest crew. Fewer crew means more space for you!
3. Aquila 44 and 36 presented by Simpson Marine
The Aquila 44 recently conducted extensive cruising on the American west coast achieving an impressive 18-knots speed with excellent sea handling. The Aquila 36 is powered by twin outboard engines and is marketed as a day boat or tender.
Perfect for those who don’t actually want to bunk out overnight, bobbing on the sea.
4. Leopard Catamarans
This South African outfit goes for overkill with four catamarans at the 2018 Singapore Yacht Show – two powered and two with sail. The yachts are touted for their solid construction and seafaring capabilities. The largest of the Leopard Catamarans on show is the 51 PowerCat which is available in a three or four cabin configuration. These ‘kittens’ get smaller with ever decreasing size of wallet.
5. Sunreef Yachts Eaglewings
Launched by Sunreef Yachts in 2016, S/Y Eaglewings is the largest catamaran on display at this year’s Singapore Yacht Show. As the first in their Supreme range, she does what it says on the package – reign supreme. This is serious messing-about-on-the-water for sailing long range and comfortable cruising. She is compact but offers over 300sq.m. of interior space. You can accommodate four guests and three crew plus room for a tender and jet-ski.
The first rule of yacht club? Don’t talk about yacht club and never forget the jet-ski.
April is a good time to visit Singapore with only 11 rainy days. The average daily temperature is 27°C (81°F), a great temperature for spending time outdoors. At the peak of the day, the temperatures reach 31°C (about 88°F).
It is a foodie and shopping paradise. As a travel hub, Singapore affords easy access to the rest of South East Asia.
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).