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The month’s top yachting stories in review: May 2021

From rumours of Jeff Bezos' record-breaking yacht to Hong Kong's new marina, these five stories were the most-read by our readers during May 2021

author icon By APB Staff | 10 June 2021

1. Jeff Bezos reportedly building 127-metre custom Oceanco superyacht

Our top story of the month was news that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is building a 127-metre superyacht with yachtmaker Oceanco, according to excerpts from a new book, Amazon Unbound, published in Bloomberg Businessweek last month. It will allegedly resemble Lürssen’s Eos, pictured above.

The Dutch builder has remained tight-lipped, while Bloomberg states the secretive project, which may cost around US$500m, is known as Y721 and will be the largest sailing superyacht in the world when it is finished. 

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2. Asia’s top 8 resort hotels with luxury yachts for charter

Maldives Norma yachtThe second most-read story during May 2021 was our roundup of eight top luxury charters available from resorts throughout Asia, in destinations ranging from the Maldives to Malaysia.

Travel restrictions and mandatory quarantine orders still make taking holidays around Asia less than simple, but there’s clearly pent-up demand for destination charter breaks. Indeed, it’s a great way to Asia’s unmatched beach retreats or even try yachting for the first time.

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3. Lantau Yacht Club finishes clubhouse and facilities

The official opening of the new Lantau Yacht Club marina in Hong Kong was of particular interest to readers last month. The Club soft-opened last September, but has now opened its clubhouse buildings and other facilities to guests.

The new marina has already begun to host new superyacht arrivals. A Hong Kong-owned Pershing 140, the flagship of the Pershing line, is now based at LYC, as is the new Custom Line Navetta 30, which recently arrived in Hong Kong.

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4. Asia-Pacific Boating May/June 2021 issue out now

May June 2021 new issueReaders also turned their attention to the launch of our latest print magazine, which hit shelves at the start of May. In our sustainability special, we explore the boom in zero-emissions technology and meet the organisations pushing to protect our oceans. 

Our cover shows the proposed nuclear-powered Earth 300 concept, an idea that emerged out of Singapore. Right now, it is impossible to say if this idea will ever make it out onto the water. But the audacity of the project is, by itself, noteworthy.

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5. Malay-Norwegian partnership on hydrofoiling boat for Singapore

Our fifth most-read story of the month was news out of Singapore, highlighting a partnership between Norwegian startup Lift Ocean and Malaysian energy infrastructure company Yinson. The two companies have developed a concept for a 12-metre all-electric hydrofoiling passenger vessel known as the Hydroglyder

Yinson, whose main businesses are in the offshore oil and gas industry, officially launched its Green Technologies division at the Singapore Maritime Week in April, where the Hydroglyder concept was “met with interest”.

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