Rain can’t dampen their buoyant spirits

Rain can’t dampen their buoyant spirits

SINGAPORE - Too much water at a boating event?

It seemed to be the case yesterday at the opening of the 2014 Singapore Yacht Show.

The show was held at the One Degree 15 Marina Club in Sentosa Cove.

Right after the starting gun was fired at 2pm to signal the show's opening, scores of visitors were drenched as the skies opened up.

"I got wet by the rain but I'm still going to look at the boats," said Mr Khoo Boon Peng, 25, a student who was there with two friends.

Some had turned up unprepared, scrambling for any shelter available, including the wings of a seaplane.

And pour it did, for more than an hour.

But those hoping to get up close to the mega-yachts for a taste of the high life were not going to let the weather dampen their enthusiasm.

They "ooh-ed" and "aah-ed" as they ogled at the luxury within the vessels.

"Several visitors boarded (The Royal Albatross) drenched and they didn't care about the weather," said Mr Peter L. Pela, managing director of Tall Ship Aventures.

Tall Ship owns and manages the Royal Albatross luxury yacht.

First built in 2001, the 47m luxury yacht was refitted in 2010.

Usually berthed at Resorts World Sentosa, it boasts five large cabins, two bars, a grand salon and is available for charter.

Its large capacity also allows for up to 200 people on the vessel.

There were over 90 yachts moored at the marina with an estimated total value of $500 million.


Among them was the Italian designed Monte Carlo Yacht 76, which made its South-east Asian debut at the SYS.

It created waves when it was first introduced in 2011, winning international acclaim for its blend of design and technology.

The model on show featured custom-made finishes by fashion houses Armani and Hermes.


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