Celebrating its 17th year, stunning sail and motor superyachts from the far corners of the world will gather at the exclusive Asia Superyacht Rendezvous ‘ASR Cup’ racing and social event on Phuket, Thailand 19th-21st January 2018.
The only event dedicated solely to superyachts, their owners, guests and captains and crew, the second ASR Winner’s Cup will be up for grabs during a highly competitive (but still friendly) two days of racing – luxury sailing yachts La Nunumero Uno, Aphrodite and Tribune confirmed.
The regatta will be launched off pristine Mai Khao Beach, home to host hotel, the Sala Phuket Resort & Spa. The invitation-only superyacht sailing regatta will be accompanied by an entourage of motor superyachts, with all on board enjoying a close up viewing of the exciting races.
Confirming their return after winning the first and inaugural ASR Winner’s Cup last year, the luxury sailing yacht Aphrodite (above) has pledged to take home the Winner’s Cup again, as the overall Race Winner. Winning the first-ever ASR Cup, S/y Aphrodite along with other attending superyacht owners, guests and captains & crew turned the sociable racing events into a wealth of revelry.
Last year’s Day One of racing kicked off with calm seas and light wind and proved to be an exciting race as three of the yachts finished within a minute of each other! Following the last day of racing, Capt. Simon Blundell of Aphrodite happily accepted the first and inaugural Winner’s Cup among fellow competitors at the ASR Cup Gala Dinner, pledging: “Aphrodite will be back to retake the ‘Winner’s Cup’ at the next Asia Superyacht Rendezvous Cup!”
Another contender confirmed to attend the 2018 elite regatta is Intrigue (above), a sloop sail built by Yachting Developments and launched in 2005. This luxury vessel's sophisticated exterior design and engineering are the work of Dubois Naval Architects. Both sail and motor yachts of 70’ and greater are welcome to contact long time organiser, Gordon Fernandes, at [email protected] for an invitation to attend the elite event.
The longest-running event of its type in Asia, last year’s motoryachts in attendance with sailing yachts included M/y After 8, M/y Azul A and M/y Vie San Soucis, with superyacht Azul A also serving as the committee boat. These mammoth vessels marked the race course where the sailing superyachts competed for bragging rights, which included Aphrodite, Bliss, Dallinghoo, and Tiara.
Reporting on the other activities during the ASR Cup, organisers are delighted the opening night VIP cocktail party will be held aboard the amazing S/y La Numero Uno (below).
Following the next day’s first race, the highly competitive and festive ‘Challenge’ will be held on the grounds of the beautiful Sala Phuket Resort. The model boat construction & sailing ‘Challenge’ competition is made up of superyacht crew member teams and requires teams to build, then compete in heats of two - by one team member blowing with all their might into the tiny sails of their vessel as each boat floats along a three-foot trough while those watching cheer on their favorites.
This year the Sala Phuket Resort is offering ten lucky guests, staying at the resort from January 19 to 21, 2018, an invitation to experience a superyacht sailing race and evening parties during the 17th annual ASR Cup.
Director of business development at Sala Hospitality Group, Nicolas Reschke, notes: “Our guests are offered a luxurious stay over three days of racing, dress parade, camaraderie and social events well supported by The Sala Resort. Following our successful partnership last year, we are delighted to support the ASR Cup once again in creating a memorable experience for all the attending superyacht owners, guests, captains & crew.”