Next year’s event could relocate to new venue

The third annual Australian Superyacht Rendezvous (ASYR), held from May 17-18 at Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard (GCCM), provided a positive insight into what the future opportunities for the superyacht market in Australia hold. ASYR also underlined its position as an established gathering within the Asia Pacific superyacht market calendar.

Over two days of business and pleasure, ASYR provided a clear message that Australia and the Asia Pacific is ready to welcome the world’s superyachts to its waters for unrivalled charter experiences and world-class marine refit and repair services.

International guests arrived from Monaco, Hong Kong, Tahiti, New Zealand, Thailand, the UK, USA, Canada, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Indonesia and Singapore to find out more about what Australia and the Asia Pacific region could offer a larger visiting global superyacht fleet.

Superyachts from 24m-63m (79ft-207ft) participated in the Rendezvous and comprised a diverse fleet with a value in excess of A$250m. This fleet was made up of charter and sale vessels which included Atao, Aurora, Beluga, Christella, Corroboree, Deep Blue, Dreamtime, Karanita, Masteka 2, Ocean Alexander 88, Patriot 1, Silentworld, Sophia, Southern Cross II and Summerwind.

Trenton Gay, CEO of GCCM and organiser of the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous, said: “The collective enthusiasm and collaboration across Australia and the Asia Pacific was palpable and one of the many reasons why the region was such an ideal choice for global superyachts.”

He added: “As more superyachts across the globe look to migrate to the southern hemisphere, the message is that Australia and the Asia Pacific are more ready than ever with the cruising grounds and marine refit and repair infrastructure that is second to none in the world.

“Australia,” he continued, “offers affordable and high-quality marine skills, expertise and reputation to ensure that superyachts can be safely and securely based and serviced while accessing cruising grounds across the Asia Pacific region. Each year the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous gets bigger and stronger as more global eyes turn to why this region is superyacht-ready.”

The Rendezvous included a series of invitation events attended by captains, crews, brokers, agents, marine industry professionals and complementary industries along with superyacht owners and corporate who’s who.

The events kicked-off with Benetti staging its first-ever Australian Yachtmaster event on May 16 as a lead-in to ASYR 2019. Now in its 19th year, Benetti’s Yachtmaster events have been staged around the world for superyacht captains and industry professionals to learn about the latest news and commercial practices from its two shipyards at Viareggio and Livorno.

Around 60 Australian captains and industry professionals attended the Benetti Yachtmaster dinner with presentations from Benetti’s Asia Pacific general manager, Peter Mahony, and other special guests.

On May 17, the official first day of the Rendezvous saw lively industry discussion at an Industry Round Table followed by a micro-expo concluding with a celebration by nightfall.

Over four hours with a capacity attendance of 180 owners, captains, brokers, agents, policy makers and industry experts from Australia and overseas, the Industry Round Table generated shared insights and ideas about the growth of the superyacht industry in the region.

An evening party followed with more than 250 guests turning out for the industry event to enjoy the very best of Australian hospitality.

The second day commenced with invited guests and a colourful array of supercars assembling for a Yacht Hop. Twenty supercars including Porsches, McLarens, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, a Bentley and Audis joined the line-up of superyachts. ASYR 2019 culminated in the VIP Gala with the ‘who’s who’ of the Australian and international superyacht world, including superyacht owners and buyers from around Australia.

With more than 40 sponsors and event partners on board, platinum partners included Adagold Aviation, Benetti and GCCM, while gold partners included Ahoy Club, Aurora Global Logistics/Peters & May, City of Gold Coast, Hardy Brothers, Hayman Estates by Mulpha and Seal Superyachts.

While not yet confirmed, the 2020 Australian Superyacht Rendezvous might relocate to Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays and the timing of the event could be changed to June or July.