TYBA Thai Yachting Business Association • June 2021 • Phuket Francophone Magazine

TYBA's meetings

Last month

  1. Meeting with the Merchant Marine subcommittee of the Thai Chamber of Commerce
  2. Meeting with the Revenue Department
  3. Meeting with the Marine Tourism subcommittee of the Senate
  4. Collaborating with TAT, Phuket Provincial and Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Centre on Phuket Sandbox for international yacht arrival
  5. Virtual ICOMIA AGM

Interview with Martin Holmes

Lee Marine

Contact Martin Holmes at the following number: + 66 (0)81 891 7057
or visit the website: www.leemarine.com


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TYBA submits proposal for superyacht crew visa

On 7th June 2021, the Thai Yachting Business Association (TYBA) submitted a proposal to the Thai Ministry of Interior to resolve the visa issue for superyacht crew.

Currently, the Immigration Act, B.E 1979 allows only a 30-day transit visa for crew and regulates crew movement between provinces in Thailand. This has posed many difficulties for superyacht crew since they remain on board for extensive periods of time. The crew must also report their movement to immigration when traveling from one province to another. The absence of an online reporting system makes this extremely hard procedure to follow.

The TYBA proposal outlines three points that will allow crew to perform their duties on board legally while providing a quality charter service in Thailand: (1) Establish a crew visa category that will enable a six-month stay in the Kingdom with a one-time six-month extension; (2) Establish an online reporting system for crew movement between provinces and; (3) Ease the formalities for reporting crew change and adopt a similar practice for air crew change.

“The TYBA has worked extensively to improve Thailand’s competitiveness in the regional yachting industry,” says Matthew na Nagara, Chairman of the TYBA, “We have already accomplished two of our three main policy goals, which are (1.) to extend the temporary import exemption, which has now been increased to 2.5 years; (2.) to resolve the VAT collection on the vessel value of superyachts with a charter license. This has been resolved as well. Out last goal is the extension of the crew visa, which we are trying solve now. These policies will increase our industry’s capability, expand our market size, create new opportunities, and prepare us for growth after the pandemic.”

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RPM gains distinguished SHA Plus+ certification

Royal Phuket Marina is pleased to announce that it has obtained SHA Plus+ certification for its Marina and Exhibition Hall. It is the first and only venue of its type with SHA Plus+ certification in Thailand. The SHA Plus+ certification is given to businesses with at least 70% of their staff fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Royal Phuket Marina is a distinguished world-class destination combining luxury waterfront living with a state-of-the-art marina. Asia’s most sophisticated high-tech yachting haven, Royal Phuket Marina is the proud holder of the prestigious 5 Gold Anchor Award bestowed by the British Yacht Harbour Association as well as the clean marina accreditation by the Marina Industries Association. Situated on the east coast of the island, Royal Phuket Marina is the gateway to Phang Nga Bay and hundreds of beautiful islands in the Andaman Sea.

RPM also offers extraordinary options for events and exhibitions. The Exhibition Hall boasts a unique waterfront setting against the stunning backdrop of our marina and it is Phuket’s largest exhibition facility, boasting 2,000 sqm of internal space and over 1,000sqm of usable outdoor venue space, with sweeping views of the marina and lush tropical surrounds.

RPM was also the first marina in Thailand to switch to renewable energy using the latest in solar technology, and we are continuously exploring ways to reduce our carbon footprint.

Royal Phuket Marina is also pleased to announce the recent appointment of distinguished yachtsman Oliver Wilce as Marina Manager. Mr Wilce’s addition to the team will further develop RPM as a world-class yachting destination.

Riviera launches outstanding 645 SUV flagship

Australia’s largest luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, officially launched its innovative new 645 SUV yesterday to mark the opening of the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

The 645 SUV is the largest and most sophisticated model in Riviera’s SUV collection, combining the high-level blue-water pedigree of the lauded Sports Motor Yachts with the single-level living attributes so much loved by Sport Yacht owners.

The 645 is available in two editions – the Classic and the Newport. The Classic features elegant interior furnishings, a versatile foredeck entertaining space and four-stateroom accommodation. The Newport includes a distinctive Tungsten silver hardtop, a spacious foredeck sunpad, avant-garde saloon features and three-cabin accommodation with a lower-deck lounge space.

Riviera pioneered the SUV concept in 2012 and has since continually refined this design, crafting more than 170 yachts ranging from 39 to now 64 feet.

The 645 becomes the flagship of the six-model SUV collection. She offers extensive accommodation, premium comfort and luxury and longer-range offshore cruising while enhancing the superb indoor-outdoor lifestyle features that make the SUV models so practical and popular.

A ‘wonderfully versatile’ flagship

The 645 SUV offers the choice of three or four staterooms, three bathrooms and a utility, crew or additional accommodation aft of the master stateroom. In addition, she offers superb alfresco-deck dining, a saloon that includes an aft gourmet galley with island bench, a side saloon door leading to generous walk-around side decks and a foredeck that is a separate, lavish entertainment hub.

Riviera Australia owner Rodney Longhurst says the decision to introduce the 645 SUV came after requests from current Riviera owners and the global dealer network for a larger SUV, resulting in a number of off-the-plan orders being received.

“The wonderful versatility of the SUV design lends itself perfectly to a larger yacht, » says Mr Longhurst.  « The 645 takes our SUV to a new level with even more space, performance, cruising range, accommodation and luxury. »

Long-term Riviera owners Ray and Jenny Haddrell from Melbourne, Australia, are proudly the first to own a 645 SUV. It will be the seventh consecutive Riviera the Haddrells have owned, and their largest.

Ray first heard of plans for the 64 Sports Motor Yacht two years ago. He told Riviera CEO Wes Moxey: “Give me a call if you ever do an SUV version of the 64 SMY.”

Ray and Jenny owned a Riviera 565 SUV prior to his current 575 SUV Rayzaway and between them they have enjoyed more than 1,100 hours of extensive cruising over seven years and thousands of nautical miles. Ray has cruised as far north as Port Douglas and completed two trips to Tasmania, including a circumnavigation.

An entertainment epicentre

The 645 SUV teak-laid cockpit layout includes an optional three-seater transom lounge or live-bait well and optional awning extending from the sleek hardtop aft. It is the perfect place to cook a sumptuous lunch on the dual-plate, electric barbecue. There is plenty of room to fish, dive or launch any number of water toys through the twin transom doors to the large hydraulic swim platform.

A few steps up from the cockpit is the 645 SUV’s entertainment and living epicentre – a semi-enclosed alfresco deck offering a plush lounge to port that converts to a double daybed. Alfresco living and dining are enjoyed in the L-shaped lounge to starboard, which includes a generous drop-leaf teak table.

The foredeck zone is a unique entertainer space, providing plush lounge seating for up to 10 people, an insulated ice bin, stereo and locations for fenders and ropes. The Newport Edition includes a large sunpad.

Handcrafted luxury

The saloon has been created to optimize the flow and enjoyment of guests. A gourmet galley is along the port side with a generous island bench that provides more than enough space for two or more people to work side-by-side, prepping, serving or cooking. A three-burner induction cooktop includes removable potholders and there are two-drawer fridges, two-drawer freezers, a combination oven/microwave and a dishwasher under the benchtop.

Saloon dining is through an innovative feature – the walnut dining table is located behind the lounge and can be deployed simply by moving away four cushions and easily lifting the table up and out.

The helm on the centerline offers the option of two or three forward-facing luxurious leather helm seats facing three 24-inch screens and comprehensive system controls.

The forward starboard corner of the saloon can be a relaxing lounge, a workstation, or a beautifully appointed cocktail wet bar.

Grand accommodation

On the accommodation deck, the full-beam master stateroom is brilliantly bathed in light and fresh air from large hull windows with integrated portholes. Headroom is a generous 1.95 meters. It features a central queen-sized bed, chaise lounge, large cedar-lined wardrobe and a generous aft en-suite bathroom. A space beside the en-suite can be personalized to suit an owner’s needs: laundry, utility room, crew cabin or even additional accommodation. This space includes a water-tight door to the engine room.

The VIP guest stateroom forward includes a full queen-sized bed and en-suite bathroom.

The second guest stateroom to port has two single berths that slide together to form a double berth and has en-suite access to the day head. Directly opposite is a fourth stateroom with twin crossover berths. The Newport Edition configures this area as an atrium lounge.

Power at your fingertips

Riviera engineers have opted for a choice of Twin MAN V8 1300 (956 kW) or MAN V12 1550 (1,140 kW) diesels that offer exceptional power-to-weight performance. The 1300 engines deliver a cruise speed of 28 knots and 31 knots at wide open throttle. The optional 1550s provide a cruise speed of about 30 knots and wide-open throttle around 34 knots.

The Twin Disc Express Joystick system (EJS) seamlessly marries hydraulic thrusters with Twin Disc gearboxes. Joysticks are at the helm and in the cockpit.

All Riviera MAN-powered yachts come with a five-year engine limited warranty, further supported by Riviera’s seven-year structural and two-year express limited warranties.

Sanlorenzo Asia Takes Order for a New Build Sanlorenzo 52Steel Superyacht

5 July 2021, Singapore – Sanlorenzo Asia, a division of Simpson Marine, is delighted to announce the sale of a new build Sanlorenzo 52Steel superyacht, with the buyer represented by Julien Solari, Senior Yacht Broker and Singapore Country Manager at Simpson Marine.

“I’m particularly delighted about this sale as it represents the beginning of a fascinating journey for this owner who took advantage of the availability of a quick delivery for the 52Steel,” says Julien Solari. “It is always a pleasure to work alongside an owner during the design phase and to share ideas whilst watching the build take form. We are excited for the launch next summer and look forward to witnessing many happy moments aboard this new yacht, cruising all of Asia and beyond.

The Sanlorenzo shipyard has been of great support and assistance and the yacht itself is a wonderful example of their expertise in superyacht design, elegance, and refinement. Having achieved many awards, the internationally acclaimed 52Steel is without doubt my favourite superyacht in the sub-500GT market and the team and I are delighted that the owner and his family have entrusted us in accompanying them on this exceptional journey.”

The iconic 52Steel superyacht has been a significant innovation in superyacht design and marked a real breakthrough in the industry. Spanning five decks, the design offers features usually only available on much larger yachts of 65m+. One of these technological innovations and challenges is the ground-breaking aft section on the main deck. This space, which is the work of the technical department of Sanlorenzo’s superyacht division, is a design solution that includes a large swimming pool on the main deck, with a fully transparent floor that allows natural light to filter into the beach club below. The pool is also equipped with a Jacuzzi and counter-current swimming options. The stunning beach club below features two folding terraces, one on each side of the yacht, that serve as platforms with direct access to the sea.

The same beach club area becomes a tender garage with a controlled flooding system, for the storage of a tender up to eight meters in length. This part of the yacht also houses a fully equipped, customized gym for its owner.

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Yacht Supply Phuket

Phuket-based Wawa Creations

signs MoU with The Netherlands’ CLEAR RIVERS for production of Litter Traps for waterways in South East Asia

Phuket, Thailand, 5th July 2021 – Known for producing high quality low carbon footprint boats from 100% recyclable HDPE 9 (high-density polyethylene) material, Wawa Creations has been chosen by CLEAR RIVERS from The Netherlands to produce Litter Traps – a non-evasive and innovative way of capturing water-based litter with minimal environmental impact.

CLEAR RIVERS is a brand name of the Recycled Island Foundation (RIF), a registered non-profit organization in The Netherlands that was created in 2014 to help combat the scourge of worldwide plastic pollution in open waters.

The Litter Traps are already being used in several European countries and prototypes have been tested in Indonesia. They are extremely easy to use and as they don’t require electrical or hydraulic parts they require very little maintenance and have minimal impact on the environment.

The Litter Trap floats on the surface and can be either anchored to the bottom of a river or attached to the river bank by a rail system. The anchoring system is simple and it works with two metal poles fixed to the riverbed allowing the Litter Trap to “swing” up and down on the poles and continue capturing litter as the water level fluctuates.

With more than half of the Litter Trap’s structure submerged, the deck and bridges on top ensure easy access and make emptying the traps quick and easy.

CLEAR RIVERS can also combine floating booms with the Litter Traps to catch more litter and direct it inside the traps. Ensuring research is undertaken as to location and an effective anchoring system, the Litter Trap will not disturb existing ship traffic.

Wawa Creations is a Phuket-based company specializing in the manufacturing of boats and maritime equipment using recyclable HDPE 9 (high-density polyethylene). Made up of leaders in the boating industry with a combined boat building experience of over one hundred years, this creative team is keen to take on any project that improves the environment or makes water sports more inclusive. 

For more information, visit www.wawacreations.com.

RPM to host Thailand International Boat Show next January

Contracts were recently signed to confirm the go-ahead for the Thailand International Boat Show (TIBS), which will be held at Royal Phuket Marina on 6 – 9 January 2022. TIBS is organised by JAND Events on behalf the rights owners JAND Group Co., Ltd.

TIBS ’22 will be the first boat show in Southeast Asia since the Thailand Yacht Show in 2020 and, based on information available at this time, may be the only boat show in Thailand – and possibly in the region – next year.

JAND Group is also the rights owner, and JAND Events the organiser, of the Thailand Health, Fitness and Wellness Expo (THFWE21), to be held at Central World, Bangkok on 18 – 21 November 2021.

Phuket-based JAND has been organising events in Thailand since 2017 and has an impressive portfolio of very happy clients, including Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous and major brands such as L’Oréal.

The JAND Events team, led by David Hayes, includes Grenville Fordham, co-founder and organiser of Thailand’s first ever boat show, PIMEX. The TIBS website is under construction and advance planning for the show is well underway. The team will be making contact with industry leaders over the coming days and weeks.

In the meantime, hold those dates! 6 – 9 January 2022

Award Winning Southeast Asia Pilot extends its reach

Hearing that Southeast Asia Pilot was about to launch a digital edition of the book widely known as the « sailors bible » for everyone cruising these waters, the TYBA caught up with publisher Grenville Fordham to find out more.

Grenville Fordham

Q. (TYBA) Tell us how this latest development came about. Does it mean the end of the real thing – the printed book?
A. (GRENVILLE) Not at all! The print version lives on – although, given the upheavals in publishing, we’re looking no further ahead than the next edition, which will be our 7th in almost 20 years. But this move to ‘go digital’ isn’t something new.
In 2013, we created an ‘ebook’ which, because of the limits on technology (that I could find!), was sold through a ‘digital library’. This wasn’t ideal; we couldn’t control the level of service or pricing and were too often dealing with complaints. I take pride in responding personally to all feedback, so was uncomfortable with trotting out a lame, « I’m sorry, that’s outside our control ». That, and the disappointing demand for the format, meant we put our digital plans on hold.

Q. What’s changed now to get you back into the digital arena? Is it desperation about future prospects?
A. Desperation? Absolutely not! Feedback from sailors is that they want a ‘real’ book on the chart table or in the saloon. People love browsing through the photographs, the charts and the information on anchorages as they plan journeys – often over a few drinks at the end of the day’s sailing. We expect this to continue to be so, particularly amongst older ‘salts’. At the same time, we can’t ignore younger sailors coming up or older yachties switched on to digital media.

I get periodic requests for the book in PDF format; « I have everything to do with cruising on my iPad and want Southeast Asia Pilot on it too, » is a common request but, unfortunately, one that we couldn’t satisfy until now because I hadn’t found a practical way to secure our copyright in PDF form.

You asked what’s changed? Well, apart from the obvious imperative to move with the times, I’ve located a provider of a digital rights management (DRM) system that ticks all the boxes. UK-based Drumlin Security (drumlinsecurity.com) not only offers what looks to be a near-perfect solution, but a friendly, proactive and flexible approach tightly focused on solutions – and at a price that makes sense.

Q. Tell our readers something about the digital edition. Will it be an exact replica of the print book?
A. In some ways, yes it’s a faithful reproduction the print book. But there’s more. Navigation is easier than in the hard copy. There are three ways to navigate the ebook: there’s the Contents Page, where a mouse click or a finger tap will take you to the chapter you want; there’s the Alphabetical Index of 600+ anchorages, all linked in the same way to individual named anchorages; and there are Bookmarks in the PDF reader. You can also make text searches and create your own bookmarks. And then there’s the potential for updates on the fly; we’ve always been limited to updates every 2-3 years, but now we can update the PDF file in between editions at no cost to the readers.

Southeast Asia Pilot voted “Best Specialist Travel Guide 2021”

Southeast Asia Pilot has been recognised in the annual APAC Insider Business Awards with the accolade “Best Specialist Travel Guide 2021”.

“Now in its sixth year, the APAC Business Awards celebrates the success of companies of all sizes across the APAC region, regardless of industry,” explain the awards organisers.

“Given the effort we’ve been putting in to extending our reach, we’re delighted to be recognised as best of type – going up against not only yachting guides, but travel guides across many different markets,” said publisher and co-author, Grenville Fordham.

Q. How does it work? Is it complicated to install? Do you need to be online to read it?
A. It’s really simple. The first step is to buy the license online at www.southeastasiapilot.com/ebook. You’ll receive a confirmation email with an authorisation code and directions to download (1) the free PDF reader and (2) the protected PDF file of the book. You then simply install the PDF reader and download the book (it’s about 60MB – so a good Internet connection helps for the download). Then you open the file in the reader, insert the authorisation code when prompted and that’s it. No more codes or connections needed.

The PDF reader is available for Windows PC, Mac OS X, iPad/iPhone and Android devices. One licence allows the book to be read on one device; licences for multiple devices will be available. The PDF file works best on larger screens (eg iPad), so is not ideal for mobile phones.

Q. And the cost? Is it a lot cheaper than print version?

A. The ebook is priced at 1,800 baht, slightly lower than the paperback, which costs 1,950. Some people think anything digital should be much cheaper than the paper version, but they fail to appreciate the higher cost of preparation for the digital market, which balances out the difference between printing paper and securing digital rights.

Following on from the creation of the Southeast Asia Pilot e-book / digital edition, we have just finished listing the book on Amazon worldwide, both as a paperback and as a Kindle ebook, for the first time. “The next step is hiring professionals to optimise Amazon specific SEO to make sure we feature high in all relevant searches in the Amazon bookshops and Kindle ‘bookshelf’”.

For buyers overseas, particularly in Europe, Australia and the Americas the ebook, whether bought direct from our website or from Kindle, will come with a massive price benefit; currently up to (and sometimes more than) half the price paid for the hard copy is for delivery.

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Jessandra II encourages inclusivity & it’s paying off

Andrew McDermott at the helm

Andrew McDermott and his skilled predominately very female crew on Jessandra II can be seen sailing the waters around Phuket taking part in the island’s racing and regatta scene and usually doing very well.

But how did Andrew end up here, come to purchase Jessandra II and end up with his female crew?

Andrew hails from Sidcup, in southeast London. He’s an electrical engineer by trade (Royal Engineers). After leaving the army, he had his own engineering business in Sidcup, which he sold in 2014 to move to Hua Hin. He has been coming to the Land of Smiles since 2008, primarily to play golf. He always wanted to sail but the water in the UK was too cold, so in January of 2015, he took an RYA competent crew course in at Yacht Haven with Mervin Wilson.

He went back to Mervin a year later, not having sailed once in the interim, and took his RYA day skipper in January of 2016. His next course was “coastal skipper” and Mervin recommended Andrew take that with the Langkawi Sailing School. He did, joining them for the Raja Muda regatta, earning sea miles and finishing his course in Langkawi in January of 2017.

The enthusiasm on Jessandra’s II crew shines on thru.

He then chartered Feijan with his Thai wife Saiyud for the 2018 Bay Regatta and chartered a few other boats to do some cruising with some friends out of Yacht Haven. But Saiyud became seasick often and couldn’t go cruising regularly, so that made Andrew look to the Phuket Yacht Club to in search of some sailing action.

From March to July 2018, Andrew and his wife regularly did the nine-hour drive down from Hua Hin to Phuket to take part in the Phuket Yacht Club racing schedule.

He had planned to charter a boat for Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek in 2018, but weather reports forced him to reconsider. Alfie Rowson had heard Andrew was looking for a chance to crew so offered him a spot on Astraeus. Little did he know at the time, the crew was all female, and skippered by Liz Schoch, Alfie’s partner at the time.

So Andy went sailing with them and had a great time. He got to know the crew and Liz kept badgering him to buy a boat. “Andy, you need to buy a boat,” she would repeatedly tell him. In November, Liz sent him a note saying Jessandra II owned by Ronald Dane (the multimillionaire who started Triple 8 Race Engineering in Australia) was up for sale. Michael Spies played the middleman and Andrew took possession in November of 2018, three weeks before the King’s Cup.

Jessandra II in action

So Andrew took the only crew he knew with him into the Phuket King’s Cup of 2018 and the women just moved from Astraeus to Jessandra II. They did the King’s Cup, and Liz Schoch was in charge till she left to move to Indonesia.

Andrew says the first couple years were a rough learning curve some poor finishes, and mishaps. But he’s very happy with the crew he has now.

Today the crew features: Ekaterina Malakhovskaya (Katia), who does the bow, Michele Hossack on the mast and Lies Sol who is in the pit. Katie Bimson does the main and Désirée Albada Jelgersma Is on the spinnaker trim and second jib trim. The other male on board is Tom Ryfell, the skipper of Intrigue, who trims the jib and talks tactics with Andy. Most women racing in Phuket are the wife or partner of a male sailor. What Jessandra II does is let independent women hone and pit their skills against Phuket’s best sailors.

Andrew says he has always been a mentor. He mentored apprentices for the Matthew Hall Electrical Limited after he got out of the service, and before starting his own business. “I want to see people do well,” he says. “Many crews are not willing to bring new sailors on board because it might jeopardize their results. But I like to bring newbies on board and help them learn.”

Andrew loves the competitive part of sailing and all the technical aspects that go with it such as tuning the rig, using the right sails, check the weather forecast, etc.

Nick Gutry of Boatworks Phuket takes care of the boat when Andrew is not in Phuket. Tom Cracknell, now working in the Middle East, was a huge help to Andrew in his first couple years learning to skipper Jessandra II.

Andrew says he does his best to maintain his cool and never lose his temper while at the helm, if there is a hiccup or two on the water he and the crew will discuss it when they are back on shore to see how they can do better next time out.

If you would be interested in helping sponsor Jessandra II in any upcoming races or regattas please contact Andrew at [email protected].

Liz Schoch recalls how Andy came to own Jessandra II

Liz Schoch (fourth from right) with her Ladies Sailing Team

“It all started on a Sunday at a club race where Andy’s new face rocked up to the Phuket Yacht Club and wanted to sail. I had been coaching and developing the Ladies sailing team for sometime on Fireflies and Fargo Express. But this particular Sunday we were racing on Alfie and my Phuket Sailing School’s boat, Astraeus. Although we were all women onboard, I personally have a ‘no one is left onshore who wants to sail at a club race’ policy so we took Andy on as long as we could call himself, ‘Mandy’.

“We had a great sail together and Andy kept coming back and wanting to sail with us! We were happy for his humbleness, generosity, enthusiasm to learn and appreciated his ease at being around us super sailing ladies. But after many a club race and even a regatta on Astraeus, it became apparent to all that an actual racing boat would be much more fun to race as opposed to a cruising boat. Andy expressed an interest to buy a boat and I rubbed hands together and let out a cackled laugh “Yesssss, exxxxxcellent, I have just the boat in mind for you!

“I had sailed on Jessandra II before and knew it to be a well-kept boat with great IRC optimization, not too big and with simple systems that was easy to handle. The perfect boat! Before long Andy found himself a proud boat owner and had a willing crew of awesome ladies ready to sail.

“Andy and Jessandra II have been actively participating in club races and regattas ever since and as a result the team has learnt so much and it continues to improve (and it has, even on occasion, beaten our arch nemesis NielsNiels Degenkolw’s Phoenix). When I left Phuket, Andy and Jessandra II had given the ladies a home and they keep on sailing together, which warms my heart and I’m so happy that relationship has continued!”

PCYC • The Welcoming Sand Bar

Relaxing at the PCYC

The Phuket Cruising Yacht Club (PCYC) captain and founder Brent McInnes says the club has been around for twelve years now and it is constantly evolving, the latest addition being a Mr Moo Really Good Deli wholesale outlet on the club’s waterfront premises.

The newly renovated Sand  Bar and restaurant is open from 12 noon  until late, and the full bar includes PCYC signature cocktail the Margarita made from scratch in the blender, Bloody Marys and a full range of local and imported, light and regular beers. The PCYC’s jet-setting manager Yai, a woman of the world is currently trekking in Tibet for a month, she has studied English at the University of Dubai and provides translation services by appointment, and she also possesses a wealth of information on many levels.

The restaurant has a new menu specializing in Indian,Tex-Mex & Western style food, and the usual Thai dishes are also available. All the food is MSG free and there’s fresh ground coffee & a selection of tea served all day, The wildly successful Taco Tuesdays is now into its 5th year and patrons have been known to come from all over island and even fly in for the regular Tuesday night out in the Sand Bar with friends.

The PCYC also has a few waterfront bungalows for let and the club has good Wi-Fi, as well as chess & backgammon sets. There’s a new air conditioned lounge/dining room with a big screen to catch up on your favourite events. Phuket Tide Tables, local marine guides & magazines are available free of charge and you can also rent a motorcycle if need be.

Brent barking orders

If your boat is moored in Ao Chalong, your dinghy will be safe on their flood-lit dinghy lines in front of the clubhouse. The clubs’ showers are available to all, and there are plenty of outlets for charging phones or running your computers.

The club has a good PA system, a mixing board and a mike stands available for events or live bands, The great Gene Neilson entertains the crowd with his finely-tuned guitar playing skills when he in port. The PCYC clubhouse is also available free of charge for members or guests to use as a party venue; the club can cater or you can bring in your own food and the PCYC will supply the bar. During those nights the club has been full to capacity making full use of its 2am closing licence.

There’s a VHF base station on standby, but it’s more for outgoing or emergencies, the best contact number for the club is Brent’s mobile at + 66 (0)86-269-7138.

Brent at the helm

The Ao Chalong Yacht Club (now the Phuket Yacht Club), of which Brent was a member for many years, had its home at PCYC’s current location for a number of years before moving up the beach a few hundred metres. When the ACYC moved out, Brent moved in and started using it as a waterfront bungalow. Soon afterwards, he partnered with his landlord, Thitti Mokapan, a retired Bangkok lawyer, to create the Sand Bar & PCYC, and a long standing successful partnership was launched with a handshake.

The PCYC has a large expat following who like spending time by the seashore and chatting with yachties; its members varying from oil tycoons & doctors to sea gypsies.

The PCYC also does extended-period boat minding; the flat rate for this “basic care” is Bt2,000 a month, and this includes checking the mooring lines, the waterline, the companion way (done daily)  Brent calls it a “representation of the owner’s interests”. Many insurance companies endorse the PCYC boat care program & their policies are valid while in the PCYC care or on anchor in Chalong Bay.

The club also acts as a broker (http://phuketcruisingyachtclub.org/category/boats-for-sale/) and charters boats as well (http://phuketcruisingyachtclub.org/category/charter-boats/).

since the new concrete storm-water culverts have been installed in Chalong that flow into the Bay near the club have sped up the water flow washing the lighter mud away & replacing it with sand so the PCYC now has sand out about 100m from the high-tide line, which is great for beaching catamarans & powerboats for periodic maintenance.

The club is also home a black poodle named Teddy, who is in charge of reception along with a number of other soi dogs who patrol the premises with waging tails, there is also a large boat cat named meow yai (big cat) that hangs out with the dogs. The cat jumped ship and swam ashore from a cruising yacht 10 + years ago and made her new home at the PCYC, eventually her owner came by and said she looked happier here and the truth be known she didn’t think much of being a boat cat, the owner is now a PCYC member and calls in for beer and to visit his cat.

The annual membership fee is still only Bt4,500, which starts from the day you sign up. You are given a photo ID membership card, club t-shirt, club sticker—no joiner’s fee. The PCYC gives you full-yacht service, and using the club’s extensive local knowledge, tradesmen & techs you can get the inside track on cruising grounds & maintaining your yacht here in paradise.

The PCYC has regular events on the water with a unique handicapping system that allows all yachts to start and finish the races together. The system has proved to be popular with races and cruisers alike. If you are interested in yacht racing the Phuket Yacht Club (PYC) also runs a race series and PCYC members are welcome to join in.

Request to join the PCYC’s Facebook group, with its 4,600 members, is the best way to stay up to speed & informed on all aspects of the local marine scene; its open for input & comments – here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/187918071231247/

How Brent Got Here

Brent was raised on the waterfront in East Gosford between Sydney and Newcastle, on the central coast of New South Wales, growing up with tinnies, and sailing dinghies and surf. “We sailed when it blew,” he says. “If it was blowing 20 knots, out came the sailing boats just because it was fun to do, we didn’t do any official racing, I worked on offshore fishing boats, learning ocean skills, primarily how to make it home alive at night in a black nor’easterly on a well-loaded boat.”

His neighbour had a 45ft ketch, and that’s how he developed an interest in blue water cruising. He learnt early how to make and lay moorings. Brent says growing up in that neck of the woods was a good kindergarten for seamanship with no shortage of tutors, good and bad alike.

Brent wound up in Vancouver for Expo 1986 and he worked there as a waiter at the Munich Festhaus, but on a visit down to the docks he discovered a ship named Golden Eagle III a 56ft motor sailor looking for a captain. He flashed his NSW boat driver’s license and got the job, sailing the boat down to Cabos San Lucas, Mexico, with a retired German sea captain named Karl Bolland who imparted a wealth of knowledge to him on the way. It was far from a routine delivery as everything that could go wrong did and Old Karl was on top of it all. After returning the boat to San Francisco, Brent took a job as project manager for a commercial real estate developer and worked at that that for seven years. He spent many hours in the left seat of a 414 twin engine Cessna Chancellor flying between the company’s many projects around the USA.

In 1993, Brent speculated on low-ground pressure tractors (snow-grooming machines to Canadians) for use in tailing pond maintenance in the Australia mining industry after studying international trade at Sydney Uni his company Alpine Venture was founded. He then spent a number of years working that business and travelling between Jindabyne New South Wales,  USA, far north Queensland & Western Australia.

Brent first came to Phuket in 2001 to buy a catamaran called No Fixed Address off of Stafford Steer with every intention of taking the boat back to Australia. But while he was refitting the boat at the Latitude 8 boat yard with lots of help from Mark Horwood & Mark Pescott, he took a liking to Phuket and decided to stay.

Twenty years on, he is one of most popular and charismatic characters in the Ao Chalong area and is grooming his 6 year old daughter Indiana to one day take over the business.

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.phuketcruisingyachtclub.org

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Brent (second left) with winners from a PCYC sailing race

PCYC Members benefits

Discounts include 15 % off from Rolly Tasker (only club offering this promotion), then Royal Phuket Marina gives 20% on haul outs and work on the hard, and a PCYC member can also get a 20 % discount on marina berths and F & B at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club our sister club. Major Phuket chandleries like AME, Boat Marine, Tops Marine and Surapol all give discounts and Chao Fa East Auto Parts gives up to 20% on oil-belts, filters, tools, and diesel algae killer to PCYC card-carrying members. Check out the PCYC web page for full details.

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Foreign-flagged Yacht Protocols in Thailand

As there has been some speculation in the past few weeks as to changes/ restrictions in Thailand for foreign flagged vessels, it is hoped the following information will help clarify current protocols.

APS Phuket sorting parts for delivery in one of their Marina offices

As of 1 May, 2021, all arriving yachts must undertake 15 days quarantine on board (16 days / 15 nights) and must use an approved agent for the quarantine check in process. Approved agent in Thailand, Asia Pacific Superyachts (APS) Phuket and APS company co-founder Gordon Fernandes, outlined current protocol in Phuket.

Before arriving at a Thai port your agent can assist with the required Certificate of Entry (CoE). This must be applied for around two weeks in advance, with another three days needed by the Consulate for approval after your documents are completed. Note: some yachts coming from Malaysia have been given special dispensation based on short notice given to depart Malaysia.

Visas are also required, and again, your agent can assist you.

APS Phuket sorting parts for delivery in one of their Marina offices

The Special Tourist Visa (STV), re-introduced for yachts arriving in Phuket until 30th October 2021, is the favored Visa by Captains and Owner and with this you receive 90 days on arrival with the option to extend up to 270 days.

All crew must have health insurance for at least 100,000 US dollars and cover Covid-19. This can be arranged through Asia Pacific Superyachts.

Vessels must operate their Automatic Identification System (AIS) at all times in order to be able to track the vessel’s position from the country of origin to Thailand and during quarantine at the anchorage point.

The crew and passengers of each entering vessel must undergo a mandatory 15-day quarantine on board their own vessels in a designated anchorage: The quarantine locations are in Pattaya and in Phuket.

All aboard must wear “smart wristbands” to track their location and health while observing their mandatory 15-day quarantine and crew must undergo 3 separate Covid-19 RT-PCR tests:

– first test on the day the vessel enters Thailand (can omit the first time if crew have negative test

certificate for COVID-19 taken within 72 hours before entering the country);

– second test in the middle of quarantine;

– third and final test at the end of the quarantine period.

During quarantine, the delivery of supplies to the vessel and management of waste from the vessel shall be carried out by the agent and passengers and crew are prohibited from leaving the vessel during quarantine.

Koh Phi Phi Leh

After quarantine, if no COVID-19 infection is detected, the vessel and all aboard must move to a marina with confirmation of a prepaid berth for one day to meet the agent and confirm the formalities.

Owners are now permitted to fly into Thailand and quarantine on their yachts.

The government has agreed to reopen the resort island of Phuket to vaccinated international tourists with no quarantine from July 1st, subject to the island’s own vaccine roll-out. This still needs to be approved by cabinet, but it is likely this will apply to yacht tourists as well.

As of October 1, 2021, if the plan proves successful, the quarantine requirement will be removed for vaccinated tourists in Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, Krabi, Pattaya, Phang Na, and Phuket. Thus both the western Andaman Sea (Phuket) and eastern Gulf of Thailand (Koh Samui) will be open to yachts.

Thailand plans to lift all quarantine requirements for foreign visitors in 2022.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a big effect on the Thai economy and the tourism industry, especially in Phuket, a destination dependent on foreign tourists”, said Tanyuta Singhmanee (Jojo), Managing Director of Asia Pacific Superyachts and also representing the Thai Yachting Business Association (TYBA).

“We have not found any yacht tourists infected so far and we expect that there will be about 100 yachts, bringing 300-500 tourists to Thailand in 2021”.


Thailand’s Top 10 Island Yachting Destinations Story & Photos courtesy of Asia Pacific Superyachts

The good people at Asia Pacific Superyachts have come up with the following list of “Top 10 Island Yachting Destinations in Thailand”.
The Kingdom of Thailand in Southeast Asia is surrounded inland by Myanmar (Burma), Laos, and Cambodia with the other part lying on the Malay Peninsula and neighbouring Malaysia. This area also divides Thailand into two important areas for visiting motor & sail yachts & superyachts — the eastern Gulf of Thailand and the western Andaman Sea.
For future voyage planning, there’s really no better place to experience life on a yacht than the ‘Land of Smiles’ with its beautiful expanses of calm turquoise water, postcard-perfect islands and famed Thai hospitality and cuisine. The length of the Thai coastline stretches approximately 3,200 km and is a paradise for yachties. Thailand’s top 10 island visits follow as suggested by longtime expert superyacht professionals and residents, Gordon Fernandes and Captain Charlie Dwyer, Asia Pacific Superyachts co-founders, along with Captain Scott Walker.

1. Phuket
The ‘Superyacht Hub of Southeast Asia’ has four world class marinas northeast of the island with berths in a variety of sizes. Two marinas in Phuket offers deep water access to accommodate ships that are over 80 meters in length. Gordon Fernandes (APS) can arrange all services from arrival to delivery to custom itinerary to departure. Phuket is world recognised for its vibrant and cosmopolitan resort life, luxury spas and famed Thai cuisine, from street stalls to fine dining. The country’s definitive yachting and luxury lifestyle events are held in Phuket with boat shows welcoming thousands of visitors and internationally recognized regattas that draw in participants from around the world.

2. Surin and Similan Islands
The Similan and Surin Islands are among the world’s top dive destinations; a group of nine islands northwest of Phuket with beautiful coral reefs and numerous fish species. Stunning above and below the waves, the warm tropical waters around these islands are teeming with aquatic life. Marine life regularly spotted amongst the corals around the Similan Islands include moray eels, leopard sharks, sea turtles, snappers and barracudas. In the waters further north around the Surin Islands and Richelieu Rock, whale sharks are often seen amongst the angelfish and parrotfish.

3. Phang Nga Bay
The World Heritage Site between Phuket and the western coast of mainland Thailand boasts of a 200-metre long cave tunnel from Koh Phanak to Khao Phing Kan and the island of the James Bond film, “The Man with the Golden Gun”. Phang Nga Bay’s distinctive feature is the sheer limestone karsts that jut vertically out of the emerald-green water, covering an area of 400 sq km, with around 100 islands.

4. Koh Phi Phi
Two of the biggest islands, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh – have spectacular cliffs, dive spots and lots of other uninhabited islands to explore. Phi Phi is a group of six islands, the two main islands are Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh. The smaller uninhabited Phi Phi Leh hosts stunningly beautiful bays and beaches including the world-famous Maya Bay, where “The Beach” (with Leonardo Di Caprio) was filmed.

5. Koh Lipe
Koh Lipe belongs to a group of 51 islands comprising the Butang Archipelago and belongs to the Adang-Rawi Archipelago, situated on the outskirts of the Tarutao National Marine Park. Originally it was only inhabited by Sea Gypsies, the Chao Ley who gave the island its name. The island and its surroundings are quite famous for snorkelling and scuba diving and its coral reefs are easy to reach as they start just a few metres away from each of the four main island beaches.

6. Hua Hin
Hua Hin is one of the top tourist destinations of Thailand with many attractions and activities – plus it isn’t far from Bangkok. The city has many beautiful beaches, mountains, viewpoints, Temples, night markets, water parks, and fine dining. There’s some great inland activities such as golfing at some of Thailand’s most renowned courses. Just down the coast at Takiab Bay, visitors can take seaside horseback rides and visit a hilltop Buddhist temple with a spectacular view.

7. Koh Samui
The country’s second largest island is popular for its white sand beaches and luxury five-star resorts & villas, gourmet dining, open-air markets and upscale health spas. Beautiful anchorages and all services can be arranged with Captain Charlie (APS) along with provisions, fuel and a custom itinerary. From the inner jungle to the serene beauty of the south shore, to the lively yet relaxed atmosphere of Lamai Beach, the hustle and bustle of Chaweng Beach, the timeless feel of Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village and to the tropical beach paradise of Maenam, Samui is unique among Thailand’s islands in maintaining a broad appeal for everyone.

8. Ang Thong National Marine Park, Koh Tao & Koh Phangan
A great voyage is to journey down the east side of Samui past Koh Katen and up around the 5 islands to Ang Thong National Marine Park archipelago to anchor. Then up to Koh Tao, down to Koh Phangan and back to Samui. The Marine Park with its 81 uninhabited islands has amazing hikes and kayaking (through caves). Then off to Koh Tao, a world famous top dive spot and then Koh Pha Ngan’s beautiful beaches, perfect for an SUP or kayak exploration of its scenic coastlines before the short hop back to Koh Samui.

9. Pattaya
This vibrant coastal city is only 147km from Bangkok, the closest of Thailand’s major beach resorts to the capital city. Ocean Marina Yacht Club stands is one of Asia’s largest marinas and offers full facilities. The Royal Varuna Yacht Club is Thailand’s premiere sailing club and the prestigious organizer of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, located nearby between Pattaya and Jomtien.

10. Koh Chang
Known also as ‘Elephant Island’, Koh Chang is located around 300 kilometres east of Bangkok in Trat Province, in the Gulf of Thailand near the Cambodian border. Part of the Mu Ko Chang National Park, from jungle covered mountain peaks to sweeping bays, great waterfalls to flourishing coral reefs, Koh Chang has retained its remote and rugged character. With an area covering approximately 212 square kilometres, 70% is covered in rainforests, mountains and beaches.

NOTE: As of July 1st a plan named the ‘Phuket Sandbox’ will allow vaccinated international visitors to roam the island without having to quarantine for 14 days. The plan allows for tourists fully inoculated with World Health Organization-approved vaccines to spend 14 days on Phuket without having to be confined to a hotel room. After two weeks and multiple Covid-19 tests, the tourists, who must be from countries considered at low or medium risk for the coronavirus, will be allowed to travel to the rest of Thailand.


Update on costs and requirements for yachts checking into Phuket

One yacht, one person on board = THB53,650 per boat

•  RT-PCR Test on board 3 times
•  Day O (on arrival), Day 3-5 & Day 9-10
•  GPS Wristband period 15 days
•  Transfer Boat for Doctor & Team 3 times
•  Ao Po Jetty Fee
•  Management Fee by Authorized Agent
•  Documentation Fee
•  Certificate of Entry (COE) Application
•  Special Tourist Visa (STV) Visa on arrival for 1st time (period 90 days) only
•  Check in Fee with various authorities

1. Health Insurance policies which cover COVID-19 treatment and have minimum coverage of USD100,000 per person for the duration of their stay
2. Marina fee for berthing after quarantine is done
3. Overtime Surcharges, Public Holidays, SAT, SUN
4. Extension boat visa
5. Extension STV Visa or Exemption Visa
6. Garbage Disposal
7. Provision Supply
8. Telemedicine THB1,000 per first 30 minutes, additional THB300 per 10 minutes
9. Emergency Ambulance
10. Other charges that occur will be charged to your account
11. Bank charges if money transferred from overseas

• Please note the prices quoted above are guides and prices may vary from agent to agent

The yacht gets 6 months and a extension of a further 24 months. If you have the right visa you can get up to 12 months. If you are on a retirement visa you get 12 months and the visa is renewable inside of Thailand (a visa agent can help sort that). You can also get a student visa to learn a language that is good for 12 months.

List of auhtorized agents
Asia Pacific Superyacht Services Co., Ltd. –
[email protected] (also deals with normal small cruising boats)

•  Asia Yacht Agency Co Ltd – [email protected]
•  Porntip Logistics Co.,Ltd. – [email protected]
•  Seal Superyachts Co., Ltd – [email protected]
•  Yacht Concierge (Thailand) Ltd., Part. – [email protected]

In Memoriam

Daragh John O’Higgins

Daragh John O’Higgins has passed away in Phuket on June 4 after a battle with cancer at 59 years old. He was well known to many in Phuket, on Koh Samui and in Bangkok and Pattaya, where he has spent 12 years of his life.

ICOMIA Update June 2021

The ICOMIA Update is a member bulletin, please share with your colleagues and members.

From the desk of ICOMIA President

It was fabulous to see so many members at the recently held Annual General Meeting. The AGM is a constitutional obligation where ICOMIA reports back to its members over its finances and confirms its Committees. Beyond the constitutional obligation, Marine Industry Associations come together as a community and discuss relevant topics of interest to all of our associations and members.

From the AGM decisions, I’d like to remind everyone that the position of vice-chair of the sustainability committee is open and interested members should consider becoming more involved. Taking a leadership role in an ICOMIA Committee is an opportunity for a member to proactively shape the discussions. From my own experience, I can assure you that bringing in personal commitment will help you get more benefits from being an ICOMIA member. We do expect environmental topics to be given significant attention in the future and there is great potential to shape the work of this important committee, leading the industry in finding a response to some major challenges ahead.

Finally, let me use this note as an opportunity to thank you for your trust in confirming me for another year as President, together with the Vice Presidents and the rest of the Executive Committee, we are putting a great degree of time and commitment into how ICOMIA operates to ensure it delivers the best possible benefits to its members. I am personally regularly in touch with Udo and Peter, our Honorary Treasurer, to ensure we are making the right decisions for ICOMIA’s future.

Sara Anghel

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