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By David Robinson

The 2015 Singapore Yacht Show (SYS), which opens today, shows further growth for its fifth event. SYS 2015, which is being held at the One 15 marina and runs until April 26th, anticipates 15,000 visitors to view the 100-plus exhibitors and brands and the more than 100 yachts including nearly 40 over 20m (66ft).

Over its five-year history, SYS has become a leading event in the Asia Pacific boat show calendar, promoting not only the active South East Asia area but also the much wider Asia Pacific region. Along with its supporting Asia Yachting Conference over the past seven years, the event combination is serving as a strong catalyst to promote Asia Pacific as the third cruising area for superyachts as well underpinning industry growth and a wider understanding of the economic benefits of the leisure marine sector.

The biggest superyacht for 2015, and the largest ever at any SYS, is the Oceanco-built 75.5m (248ft) Anastasia, which is available both for sale and charter. Other large superyachts include the 69m (226ft) Saluzi, being shown by Yachtzoo as the largest charter yacht permanently in Asia, the 51.8m (170ft) motor superyacht Jade 959 exhibited by Northrop & Johnson Asia, and the 51m (167ft) Aldabra and 34m (112ft) Azul A, being presented by Fraser Yachts. N&J Asia is also showing two sailing superyachts, the 28m (92ft) Sparkman & Stephens ketch S/Y Letizia and 34m custom-built Ocean Runner.

SYS has always attracted a strong international group of exhibitors. Among them are Oceanco, Lürssen, Feadship, Azimut-Benetti, Princess, Sunseeker, Ferretti, Amels, Gulf Craft, Grand Banks, Silver Yachts and Mangusta to name a few. Leading brokerage houses include Fraser Yachts, Burgess, Edmiston, Yachtzoo and Simpson Marine.

Among the new SYS events is the Asian Boating Forum, a new conference event that focuses specifically on regional markets and relating operational areas and requirements to support growth in Asia’s leisure marine sector. There is also a Fine Arts & Exquisite Luxurania Auction as part of the moves to broaden SYS to cover the luxury lifestyle market.

Of the impressive list of 19 sponsors that SYS has attracted, yacht-related ones include MTU, Floating Life, One 15 Marina and Yachts SXL. Show organiser Andy Treadwell told SB: “We are extremely pleased with this year’s events, both the conference and the show. It is continuing to grow and play a key role in promoting the whole Asian region as a yachting market.”