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It’s Showtime

With the Singapore Yacht Show sailing back to shore this month, we find out what to expect.

Back for its fifth edition, the highly anticipated Singapore Yacht Show (SYS) is arguably one of the region’s most successful boating events. Every year since its inception in 2011, attendance has grown steadily, attracting numerous boat lovers, sailing enthusiasts and those generally fond of the sun and sea.
Attracting upwards of 11,000 visitors in 2013, SYS was attended by more than 14,000 last year, with over 16,000 people now expected to throng this year’s four-day extravaganza that takes place on April 23-26 at Sentosa Cove’s ONE°15 Marina Club.
“The SYS is a platform for our visitors to learn about yachting and the truly luxurious lifestyle that comes along with it. We aim to build on last year’s success and be bigger and better than ever before,” says Andy Treadwell, managing director of SYS.
Capitalising on the show’s repute, this edition will feature 150 exhibitors and some 120 yachts and boats — its largest line-up to date. For the first time, stunning superyachts Anastasia (presented by Edmiston) and Saluzi (presented by Yachtzoo) will berth here, as will other ocean beauties by Silver Yachts, Benetti, Mondo Marine, Van Diemen and Alibi Catamarans to name a few. These debutantes join a roll call of past show favourites including Grand Banks Yachts, Heesen Yachts, Lürssen and Westport Yachts.
As with 2014, there will also be brokerage and services companies exhibiting, including Aquacraft Asia, Lodestone Yachts and Marvellous Luxury (with co-exhibitor Ocean Independence). Private jets will also star in the show, with Luxaviation returning once again to convey special guests and VIPs to Singapore, while Dassault Falcon Jet Corp comes on as an exhibitor. Entertainment-wise, attendees can expect to revel in fashion shows and spectate as supercar convoys make their annual flashy display.
The SYS black-tie Gala Dinner will also return by popular demand. Held at the W Singapore — Sentosa Cove, it will see 300 guests gather for an indulgent evening of fine wine and cuisine while raising awareness and funds for art therapy initiative, The Red Pencil (Singapore).
But to keep things both fresh for returning attendees and extra exciting for first-timers, the SYS is also introducing a plethora of new initiatives “that will help provide a fun and immersive experience for visitors,” says Treadwell. For instance, it has unveiled a mobile app specifically designed to give exhibitors greater visibility and maximise visitors’ access to key information before, during and after the show. Available for both Android and Apple operating systems, the app offers yacht listings, maps, useful visitor information, show schedules, a registration portal and the ability to request appointments with exhibitors.
There will also be the show’s snazzy new Champagne Lounge, designed and conceived to be the ideal venue for visitors to relax and discuss all the highlights of the day (not to mention, whether to buy a new yacht or two) with bubbly in hand. A plethora of private parties held aboard superyachts will also showcase the best of Southeast Asian sailing itineraries.
Finally, in partnership with boutique auction house Lucanna, the show is set to launch its first live auction of art, antique jewellery and watches. Highlights include works by established Singaporean artist, Chuan Siang Boon, whose ceramics are frequently presented as state gifts to dignitaries; paintings by Henri Chen KeZhan, a local artist renowned for his abstract ink-and-wash style; pieces by Dutch painter Guus van Eck, who is known for his richly exuberant scenes; and the works of Italian artist Sebastiano Navarra, whose oeuvre examines the Great Masters of the Renaissance in a playful manner.
Several Cartier timepieces from a private collection in Geneva and one-of-a-kind jewellery pieces from Italian designer Margherita Burgener will also go under the hammer. Experts will be on hand to answer buyers’ questions on April 24 and 25, with the auction taking place on the latter date.
With so many activities taking place, Treadwell advises visitors to maximise their time by downloading the SYS app to find out which yachts, boats and companies are on display, as well as to receive event alerts. As for those interested to purchase a yacht or a boat, he recommends contacting the brokers, builders and dealers beforehand to schedule appointments.
And of course, wear comfortable shoes. “Walking along the pontoons and in the pavilions all day can be tiring. Wear footwear that can easily be removed if you plan on going on-board any yachts and boats, as you may be asked to take your shoes off to protect the teak decking,” he says.