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26 November 2020


Simpson Marine is set to launch Asia’s first Simpson Marine Sailing School in Thailand. Scheduled to open mid-March 2021 at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Pattaya, the Simpson Marine Sailing School will be an academy that applies Simpson Marine’s passion for yachting to nurture the younger generation in Thailand. The perfect approach to pave the way for them to have a head start into the vibrant marine industry. Students of Simpson Marine Sailing School will be enrolled into the International Yacht and Maritime Training (IYT) curriculum – a globally recognised sailing course. Each student from Simpson Marine Sailing School will undertake a top-notch sail training syllabus in a safe and professional environment. Beneteau has long been one of the world’s top sailing yacht brands and it is only natural for Simpson Marine to use only Beneteau sailing yachts at our Simpson Marine Sailing School. In preparation for the opening of the sailing school, Simpson Marine has secured eight brand new Beneteau sailboats. Thailand will soon be expecting the arrival of five Beneteau First 14s, two Beneteau First 18s, and a Beneteau First 27. Beneteau’s sailing yachts are suited for ocean crossings, spirited racing and relaxed day cruising making them perfect all-rounders for this purpose. The handling of the yacht is very suitable for beginners and will help to expand the sailing knowledge and experience of the young sailors as they progress through their sailing courses. Simpson Marine Thailand welcomes all young people aged between 12 – 18 to sign up for our Simpson Marine Sailing School. To receive first-hand information on our Simpson Marine Sailing School please contact us at thailand@simpsonmarine.com

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23 October 2020


Simpson Marine, together with our long-term partners Groupe Beneteau and their APAC division, were recently Silver Sponsors of the ground-breaking initiative of a pan-Asia video conference. This special Asia Boating Dialogue (ABD) 2020 event was developed with the aim of grouping the industry together all the way from India to the Philippines and from Japan to Indonesia. Discussion topics included the local markets and current boating policies as well as seeking ways to improve the overall performance of the industry and ways to uniform the rules and regulations across the region. This was a very good initiative with the aim of sustainable growth and organic expansion for the region-wide industry. Over 160 industry professionals joined together for the two free online sessions that made up the ABD 2020. An update of the Asia Boating Forum (ABF), which was started five years ago, the new initiative is a cooperation between the Singapore Yacht Association and the Hong Kong Boating Industry Association, along with the support of ICOMIA. The first of the two free round table webinars proved to be a welcome opportunity for members of the Asian boating industry to connect and network, especially given the dearth of boat shows this year. The first session focused on the South and South East Asia regions. Seven country representatives presented industry statistics, business trends, marine updates, boating regulations, and some local destination insights. These included India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam. The second and final session of the ABD, supported by IBI, saw 150 delegates participate in a two-hour intensive dialogue around the North East Asian markets including seven key North East Asia markets – China, the Chinese market of Hainan, Hong and Macau, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam. A key conclusion from the two sessions of the ABD was the strong bounce back of the Asian markets from the Covid-19 crisis, resulting in increased boat usage with boat sales and charters currently very strong – especially for smaller powerboats and sailing yachts. Organised jointly by Lawrence Chow, chair of the Hong Kong Boating Industry Association (HKBIA), and YP Loke, chair of the Singapore Boating Industry Association (SBIA), the online event was moderated by Udo Klienitz, secretary general of ICOMIA, and was made possible by industry sponsors including Beneteau APAC and Simpson Marine. To read more on this initiative please visit: https://asiaboating.org/blog-page/

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20 August 2020


Just arrived in Hong Kong and available for immediate delivery is the new Oceanis 46.1, ready to take you cruising around Hong Kong or be easily delivered to a neighbouring country. A year after the Oceanis 51.1 phenomenon, Beneteau has created a revolution in its historic Oceanis line. This second model is a superb progression of the best-selling Oceanis 45, which was awarded the European yacht of the year title in the family cruiser category. Loyal to the Oceanis reputation, she’s a joy to live on, with her easy-to-manoeuvre cockpit and clean deck, seaworthy hull design, clean and bright interior by superyacht experts Nauta Design and best-in-class saloon and master cabin sizes with plenty of clever storage solutions. Please contact us at beneteau@simpsonmarine.com to arrange a visit and sea trial.

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