BY APB STAFF on 6 Jan 2022

In our latest issue, we meet the 20 people across Asia who are shaping the yachting industry in 2022. Also inside: We interview Ferretti Group CCO Stefano di Vivo; take a sailing adventure along Australia’s wild southern shores; explore a new book by former Hong Kong marine police officer Les Bird; report on a painstakingly thorough renovation of a Hong Kong-built schooner and meet an innovative startup harvesting seaweed to help slash global methane emissions.


The whole team at Asia-Pacific Boating wishes all our readers a happy 2022! In what is expected to be another bumper year in boating activity numbers, yacht sales, planned shows (Covid permitting) and therefore a wider breadth of public awareness and interest in our field, we lead our Jan/Feb 2022 issue with a focus on some of the dynamic ones to watch in our region.

The special feature called “20 for ‚Äò22” shines a light on a diverse sliver of the APAC boating industry – individuals, often within a bigger operation – who have made or are like to make significant contributions to the yachting industry in Asia.

Elsewhere in the magazine, as ever, we introduce some of the most exciting news in boating developments. In our new issue, we have seven Spotlight reviews on new yachts, mostly in Asia – from megayachts to a very deserving dayboat.

In this issue’s feature stories, we report on a painstakingly thorough renovation of a Hong Kong-built schooner named Teodora that took a year of careful work in Turkey thanks to the dedication of its owner, the industrial tycoon Rahmi M. Ko√ß.

With an eye on the past, we also read about the infamous Vietnamese boat people through the eyes of a former Hong Kong marine police officer, Les Bird. The accounts and photographs taken by Bird and his peers make quite an impression.

Our Blue Planet section has plenty of amazing content about life beneath the ocean or connected with it. This issue, we hear of an innovative operation in Australia for harvesting seaweed that has the potential to slash global methane emissions.

And, after a busy year in the field, we assess the latest in clean propulsion for yachts. Also with an Aussie connection, enjoy our destination story on boating tips when in the south of the country – in the beautiful but sometimes challenging waters of Victoria and Tasmania, from Australia-based sailor and yachtie Kevin Green.

This may be our print magazine, but our website is going from strength to strength. Recently, we revealed our top 10 most popular web stories of 2021. We are already wondering what the biggest stories of 2022 will be. For everyone celebrating the lunar new year, may the Year of the Tiger bring you good luck, good health – and plenty of boating fun.