The last day of the Thailand Yacht Show (TYS) started with brilliant blue skies and stayed that way. If there is too much of a good thing this might be it! Hot tropical sunshine was the order of the day but did nothing to deter a steady flow of visitors to an event that promises to become the number one marine event in Thailand, and possibly the whole region.
After wowing the gallery with amazing aerobatics for the last three days, the FlyBoard demo team of Daniel Kaufman and World Champion Suksan Tongthai bowed out with another extraordinary performance. For those who fancied trying to keep their balance on top of a super-powerful pair of water jets there were free trial sessions – and for those that didn’t quite manage it, there was a swim… but nobody seemed to mind.
Still, there’s a lot more than just boats at a good yacht show. The ancillary services and facilities have their place, too. Increased government support for boating in Thailand will inevitably lead to greater demand for marinas, and the forthcoming development at Port Takola near Krabi, is exhibiting at the TYS. Five years in the planning, phase 1 of Port Takola will be operational at the end of May 2016, and – unlike many marina developments in Asia – it’ll be a case of ‘marina first, property later’. With pontoon systems by Marinetek, haul out and repair/engineering facilities, and fuelling facilities and a touch-and-go charter dock for anything up to 50m superyachts, this is definitely a fully featured development. Add in the proximity to Krabi International Airport, and it has all the hallmarks of a well-thought-out facility.
Still on the ‘not-just-boats’ theme, the popular Phuket Raceweek Regatta was making itself visible in the TYS pavilion. “It’s proved very good for us to be here at TYS,” said organiser Byron Jones. “ We have been able to remind our regulars of the dates of the 2016 event (20-24 July), and a lot of new faces have enquired about entry. It’s been a very positive experience for us, and we look forward to a bumper edition of Phuket’s premier summer sailing regatta.” www.phuketraceweek.com
Capt Jean-Pierre Delstanches has been at the helm of the properly classic superyacht Nanou, a Benetti 30m, for 10 years now – almost since the day she was launched. Nanou is a perfect example of a boat that has been meticulously cared for; after cruising for an astonishing 46,000nm, she looks as if she came out of the yard just yesterday. Nanou has been in Asian waters for just over a year and is an active charter vessel managed by Burgess.
All good things come to an end, however. The exhibitors stands and tents were being packed away just as M/Y Ocean Emerald, the spectacularly futuristic Norman Foster-designed 41m Rodriguez, hosted the closing party on the dock. As the visitors left the pontoons, TYS Managing Director Andy Treadwell commented on four days of what has been a hugely successful inaugural event. “I think we got it about as right as we could in the circumstances,” he said, “but I have some really good ideas for improvement next time round…”
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