David King, chairman and founder of the luxury yacht company, joined company executives Alan Pickering from Singapore, Oh Kean Shen from
Malaysia, Kriss Pramono from Indonesia, and Vrit Yongsakul from Thailand, in the week-long seminar and training programme.
“Southeast Asia is one of the most beautiful cruising grounds in the world, and I am delighted that our new Princess Yachts network in the region is dedicated to offering professional service and support to our owners,” said Mr King.
Mr Vrit, son of Boat Lagoon owner Kanit Yongskul, said, “I am proud to have been part of the Princess family since 1994 when we bought our first Princess P66.”
He has been appointed managing director of Princess Yachts Thailand and is a founder of Princess Yachts Southeast Asia.
The seminar and courses were attended by captains, engineers, service personnel and owners from across the region, including India, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Maldives, Samui, Pattaya, and Phuket.
Many owners also stayed on to enrol in the new Princess Yachts Southeast Asia Sea School, headed by Robert Hawkins, resident RYA instructor based in Phuket.
The celebration saw the largest gathering ever in Asia of Princess yachts – 15 boats including models dating back to 1995 up to the latest in the 2012 collection.
The final day of the company’s launch saw a fleet of 12 of the yachts sailing out to Phang Nga Bay.