The sailing yacht Asia has been lost at sea while sailing in Indonesian waters.
She was on passage for Phuket Island in Thailand from Kalabahi, Alor Island, in Indonesia and was crossing the Banda sea.
It has been reported the 29 metre, cutter rigged sloop sank quickly after having hit a submerged object
All four crew look to the yachts tender when the mother ship began to slip below the surface. They have since been recovered from that tender by marine police, who reported that there were no injury’s amongst the crew.
Those that took to the boat included the yacht’s owners Paul and Debbie Johnson who acted as her skipper and chief officer. They had with them two other local crew
The Johnsons offered Asia ( MMSI 533110251) for charter in the remote Mergui Archipelago (Burma), the Andaman Islands (India), Thailand and Malaysia and in the Komodo, Raja Ampat, Triton Bay, the Banda Sea, Sulawesi and elsewhere in Indonesia.
Insured for charter with Lloyd’s of London the sailing yacht Asia was a custom built Fully MCA compliant sloop designed for excellent sailing performance she was equipped with navigational, satellite communications, entertainment and safety equipment.
The yachts Web site describes her crew as having delivered “Top end yacht charters in SE Asia for 18 years. They write the cruising guides for the region.”
On line brochure
The on line brochure goes on to say that the “charter rate that includes the yacht, fuel, gourmet food and soft drinks. There are no hidden charges unlike most other yachts.”
The sailing yacht Asia carries up to ten guests and migrates with the seasons taking it to the very best destinations in South East Asia at the best time of year.
Her charter portfolio offered a range of remote exotic destinations endorsed by charter guests in the past likening them to: “Falling into the pages of National Geographic magazine.”
The owners offered a strong focus on eco-friendly activities with highly knowledgeable guides: snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, wildlife, jungle walks, cultural visits.