BY APB Staff on 30 Jun 2022

Many of the big players in Hong Kong’s leisure-boating industry had a much-needed social session aboard three fine vessels last month

The atmosphere on board all three yachts was celebratory, with much discussion about Hong Kong’s thriving yachting scene

In what was undoubtedly Hong Kong’s biggest yacht party of the year, when held in May, more than 70 of the city’s top yachting CEOs, brokers, charterers and dealers gathered aboard three impressive yachts.

The event was co-hosted by Carmen Lau, senior advisor at Camper & Nicholsons International; Tommy Ho, CEO of Voyager and Vivian Chan, director of Sun Hing International and VP Yachts.

Guests enjoyed spending time aboard a Ferretti 550, an Azimut 120SL and a Leopard 50

The prestigious guestlist included the directors of Hong Kong’s top marinas, such as Aberdeen Marina Club, Marina Cove and Lantau Yacht Club, as well as the heads of top dealerships – such as Asia Marine, Asia Yachting, China Pacific, Discovery Marine, Ferretti, Jetset Bavaria, JW Marine, Simpsons Marine, Nextwave, Ocean Blue, Primo Marine, Princess Yachts Greater China, Season Yachting, Sun Yachts, and Sunshine Yachting. Asia-Pacific Boating joined in with the fun.

The three main hosts, back row, from left, were Carmen Lau, Vivian Chan and Tommy Ho

“We wanted to create a gathering where our industry people can get to know each other and share insight in a non-boat show environment,” said Lau. “I believe all of our guests enjoyed our third annual yacht party, as it reminded us of what yachting is all about. To be free, relax and have a great time with friends at sea.”

“We wanted to create a gathering where our industry people could share insights in a non-boat show environment” – Carmen Lau

Guests got to experience not one, but three magnificent luxury yachts to mingle on: The Ferretti 550, Azimut 120SL and Leopard 50. The smaller, quaint Ferretti 550 was the primary relaxation spot. Most of the festivities, including the food, dancing, karaoke, and swimming in a giant inflatable pool took place on the Azimut 120SL. The Leopard 50 hosted the afterparty for those who wanted to continue the festivities late into the night.

Guests played with Jetskis, foil boards and waterslides

The atmosphere was a mixture of celebratory, productive and laid-back. The celebration was of Hong Kong’s yachting industry thriving in spite of Covid-19 restrictions, and the incredible prospects for the industry after restrictions had lightened. Guests enjoyed fine champagne and gourmet food and also got to play with Jetskis, foil boards, waterslides and go wakesurfing.

“The party was even more fun and lively than expected,” Ho said. “I had a great time with industry friends, talking about news, industry trends, and the success of Hong Kong yachting this year.

“I only wish it was a little bit longer,” he added, hinting at what may be in store next year.