Singapore Yacht Show 2017 – speeches, ribbons, horns, action!
Published: 08.04.2017


Asia’s No 1 boat show opened today with a press conference on board M/Y Ocean Emerald followed by an Opening Ceremony, a lion dance, cutting of ribbons and then the traditional sounding of horns all through the marina to signal that the doors were, indeed, open.

A panel press conference with Mike Simpson (CEO & Founder, Simpson Marine), Andy Treadwell (CEO & Founder, Singapore Yacht Events), Arthur Tay (Chairman & CEO, SUTL Enterprise) and Farouk Nefzi (Marketing & Brand Director, Feadship) introduced a substantial media corps to the general ethos of yachting and boat shows, and took questions from the press. At the formal Opening Ceremony in the Constellation Room of ONE˚15 Marina, Andy Treadwell and Arthur Tay welcomed VIP attendees, and then moved down to the marina docks for a lion dance, the ribbon cutting ceremony and last – but by no means least – a happy cacophony of horns as every boat in the show sounded off. Anywhere else it might have constituted ‘noise pollution’, but this is the way that yacht shows traditionally start and finish.

The Singapore Yacht Show 2017 is in good shape, with almost 100 boats in the water ranging in size from the spectacular 77m Silver Fast to small family-oriented day boats. In his opening remarks, Andy Treadwell pointed out that the Singapore Yacht Show “offers something for absolutely everyone – boats, boats, more boats, entertainment, upmarket F&B, water activities, cars, fashion shows, onshore exhibitors’ booths, marine equipment, and more boats! It’s not just a yacht show – it’s a whole day out - so please bring the family.”

A number of new boats will be premiered to the public during the show, and the social life along the docks of an evening has a well-deserved reputation for excellence. The show runs 3.00-9.00pm on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 and 3.00-8.00pm Sunday 9 April.


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