Chung first began sailing large yachts in 2008, when his friend invited him onboard a Beneteau sailing yacht. The experience was a memorable one for him, as the yacht cruised from Magong, the largest city of Penghu, to Dongyuping, an island of Wang’an Town in the Penghu archipelago. For the first time Chung was able to discover how beautiful his home town was when viewed from a sailing yacht, with water so crystal clear that it reflected the small mountains on the island. Chung also found that unlike surfing, sailing on big yachts requires team work in order to sail the yachtand enjoy the seas together. Being able to sail with friends and see the amazing beauty of Penghu was extremely enjoyable.
After learning to sail Chung was able to continue sailing with friends around all the islands of Penghu. Enjoying this pastime so much, Chung started to consider buying a sailing yacht of his own. Despite being much younger than many boat owners who are successful entrepreneurs, after years of hard work in the sea food business in Penghu Chung finally had enough money to buy a small boat. Believing that Penghu was a perfect place for sailing, thanks to the beautiful conditions and nature, he knew he would be able to use the yacht well in the area. Persuading a friend, who also loved sailing, to join him in ownership they together bought a Beneteau Oceanis 38.1, naming her DREAM, and they established the ‘Dream Sailing Club’ in early 2017. This move meant that in addition to enjoying sailing around Penghu themselves, they would also be able to take other guests out to enjoy the same experience.
Penghu has proved to be the perfect base for DREAM. Attracting most of Taiwan’s sailing enthusiasts Penghu is a beautiful archipelago of 90 islands and islets in the Taiwan Strait. The area is also home to the Penghu Regatta, the largest big yacht sailing race in Taiwan, which has been hosted every summer since 2013 with the support of Simpson Marine Taiwan. A keen participant in the regatta, as well as racing in the event, Chung has also assisted with event organisation and undertaking photography. The 2017 edition of the regatta saw a sailing team from Mainland China borrow DREAM, an experience that they greatly enjoyed. “It’s a fun race and Penghu is a beautiful place,” said the sailors. “We hope to race in the regatta again next year, and to reach more of the islands of Penghu.”
Helping to promote sailing around Penghu is important to Chung, who is passionate about promoting the sailing experience to those in the area. His efforts have included the production of a video of himself sailing in Dongyuping, Penghu, which was very well received on social media. This hard work is paying off and growing numbers of guests from other parts of Taiwan have come to Penghu to charter DREAM and cruise among the stunning islands. “Many people have seen scenes of sailing on beautiful seas in movies, on TV or in magazines and on the internet, and they might hope that one day they could have the same experience somewhere,” says Chung. “Now they know they can come to Penghu and we are there to help them achieve their sailing dreams.” A deep love for his hometown is the main reason behind Chung’s decision to live in Penghu and to promote the region for sailing tourism. “Sailing in the region is very easy, it’s not just for movies or Europe.”
Chung hopes that numbers of Taiwanese choosing to buy yachts and moor them in Penghu will grow so that he could help these owners manage the boats. “Many yacht owners do not have much time to enjoy their yachts, while many tourists come to Penghu want to sail around in this area,” says Chung. “I can help owners manage the boats and put them into a charter programme so that the income of charter could cover the management and maintenance expense.” This programme is very similar to Simpson Marine’s charter programme, and a promising indication of the changing trends of the Asian yachting market with more yachts sailing around the region and enjoying the yachting lifestyle. Truly a dream come true.