The 13th edition of the Asia Boating Awards organised by Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating magazines was held on the eve of the Singapore Yacht Show Wednesday 5th of April. The annual awards, held during a prestigious dinner at the show venue, ONE° 15 Marina in Singapore were spread across 26 categories and a short list of 200 nominees were compiled from across the Asia region ranging from the Gulf States to China.
The Editor in Chief of Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating John Higginson outlined;
“The Asia Boating awards have been a highlight for the regions Yachting Industry every year since they were launched and created by Asia-Pacific Boating in 2005, we’re delighted that the awards were held again during the Singapore Yacht Show an event where all of the industry’s leaders are gathered each year. It was a special occasion for everyone involved. Congratulations to this year’s winners and all the nominees. These are the brands, builders, yacht clubs, marinas and people who are working so hard to keep up with the rapidly growing popularity of boating in the region," said Higginson.
The Asia Boating Awards are presented in 26 categories, showcasing Asian builders and international brands, as well as Asian regattas and marinas. This year, nomination criteria have been refined and new categories include Best Sportscruiser, Best Flybridge Yacht, Best Explorer Yacht and Best Recreational Boat.
“There are never a lack of opportunities in the Asian boating market, even during the economic slowdown,” says Samuel Xu, Editor-in-Chief of China Boating magazine. “We are glad to see that those who continued to invest in the market in the past year are getting good returns, and as media we will keep pushing the market forward with all the brands.”
The 2017 Asia Boating Awards winners are:
Best Flybridge Yacht (up to 55ft) Absolute Yachts, 50 FLY, Italy
Best Flybridge Yacht (above 55ft to 80ft) Monte Carlo Yachts, MCY80, Italy
Best Flybridge Yacht (above 80ft) Ferretti Yachts, Ferretti Yachts 850, Italy
Best Yacht Design Sunseeker, Yacht 131, United Kingdom
Best Sportscruiser (up to 45ft) Princess Yachts, V40, United Kingdom
Best Sportscruiser (above 45ft) Riviera, 4800 Sport Yacht, Australia
Best Asian Yacht Builder Horizon Yachts, Taiwan, China
Best Sailing Yacht (up to 65ft) Jeanneau, Jeanneau 51, France
Best Sailing Yacht (above 65ft) Lagoon, Seventy 7, France
Best Asian Built Yacht Gulf Craft, Majesty 155, United Arab Emirates
Best Explorer Yacht Sanlorenzo, 460 EXP, Italy
Best Asian Yacht Club Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Hong Kong, China
Best Brand Presence in Asia Azimut Yachts, Italy
Best Recreational Boat (up to 43ft) Beneteau, SWIFT TRAWLER 30, France
Best Multihull Motor Yacht Fountaine Pajot, MY44, France
Best Multihull Sailing Yacht Sunreef Yachts, Sunreef Supreme 68 Sailing, Poland
Best Custom Built Yacht Benetti, Domani, Italy
Best Semi Custom Built Yacht (above 120ft) AMELS, PLVS VLTRA, The Netherlands
Best Asian Regatta Rolex China Sea Race, Hong Kong, China
Best Asian Marina ONE° 15 Marina, Singapore
Best Asia-based Charter Company Asia Marine, Hong Kong, China
Best Asia-based Charter Yacht Dunia Baru Adventures, Dunia Baru, Indonesia
Best Asian Boat Show Singapore Yacht Show
Best China Marina Sanya Serenity Marina, Sanya
Best Brand Presence in China Ferretti Group APAC, Italy
Personality of the Year Joshua Lee, CEO & Founder of Lee Marine, Thailand
The list of nominees came from online polling of Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating readers, with the winners determined by a panel of judges.