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Published: Friday, 11 May 2012

The recently completed 8th edition of the Asia Boating Awards, held this year in a glittering event at the prestigious Grand Hyatt Hotel Ballroom in Hong Kong, offered big wins to the best of the best in the Asian luxury yachting scene. This year’s event also featured a dazzling array of luxury goods showcased by event sponsors. Chopard staged a fashion show, while McLaren had its new supercar on display in the cocktail area. Joining them were event sponsors Aon, Deutsche Bank, Grey Goose, Dewars, and the new property development 39 Conduit Road.

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This is the night that Asia-based yacht builders can bask in the limelight and enjoy some well-deserved attention. Facing up to tough international competition, McConaghy’s Boats, which recently launched the fantastic and fully-custom yacht Adastra from its China yard, took home the prize for Best Yacht Design of the Year, against a field of competitors that included some of the best names in the business.

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Hong Kong/South China superyacht builder Kingship and Taiwan yacht builder Horizon were recognised by the panel of judges as the best Asian yacht builders in their categories by this year’s panel of judges. For the first-ever awarded prize for Best Asia Built Yacht, the winners were IAG Yachts of Zhuhai for their Italian-styled Electra 100.

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Dutch brands dominated the international large yacht categories, with Feadship and Heesen taking the awards this year for best custom and best semi-custom yachts. UK builder Sunseeker took home the prize for its new 28-metre yacht in the Best Production Motor Yacht Category (24m-40m), which features new wraparound windows in a big departure from the traditional Sunseeker look.

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Singapore’s One°15 Marina walked off with Best Asian Marina of the Year, beating tough competition from the new Serenity Marina in Sanya, China. Locally, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club received double honours, first as Best Asian Yacht Club of the Year, and for its staging the China Coast Regatta, which won for Best Asian Regatta of the Year.

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In addition to the many industry VIPs in attendance at the black tie gala dinner, there were numerous guests of honour at the event, including: Eric Fok Kai Shan, Vice President of the Fok Ying Tung Group; Dr. Cecil Chao Sze Tsung, Chairman of Cheuk Nang (Holdings) Ltd; Jimmy Tang, Chairman of Prince Jewellery & Watch Company; Clarea Au, Vice Chairperson of the 33rd Term Board of Directors of Yan Oi Tong; Linda Lin, Chairperson of Lin’s Investment Group; and famous artist Mr. Joe Ma and his wife.

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Winners of the Asia Boating Awards are chosen by an independent panel of industry experts familiar with the yachting scene of Asia and internationally, and that can be counted on for unbiased decision-making. A plurality of votes determines the winners from a nominees shortlist voted on by readers of Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating magazines.

The Winners of the 2012 Asia Boating Awards

Best Asian Yacht Builder (30m and up)

Kingship, Hong Kong

Best Asian Yacht Builder (15m to 30m)

Horizon, Taiwan

Best Asian Built Yacht

IAG Yachts, Electra 100', China

Best Custom Built Yacht

Feadship, Musashi, The Netherlands

Best Semi Custom Built Yacht (30m and up)

Heesen Yachts, MY Satori, The Netherlands

Best Production Motor Yacht (24m to 40m)

Sunseeker, Sunseeker Yacht 28 Metre, UK

Best Production Motor Yacht (15m to 24m)

Riva, 75’ Venere Super, Italy

Best Production Sailing Yacht (15m to 30m)

Oyster Marine Ltd, Oyster 625, UK

Best Production Sailing Yacht (up to 15m)

Beneteau, Oceanis 48, France

Asian Marina of the Year

ONE°15 Marina Club, Singapore

Asian Yacht Club of the Year

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Hong Kong

Asian Regatta of the Year

China Coast Regatta

Asia-based Charter Yacht of the Year

Exuma, Perini Navi, Italy

Personality of the Year

Y P Loke, Singapore

Print Ad of the Year

Lürssen

Best Yacht Design of the Year

McConaghy Boats, Adastra, China

Best Yacht Designer in Asia of the Year

Axis Yacht Design Group, Italy

Best Asia-based Charter Company

Simpson Marine, Hong Kong

Best Brand Presence in Asia

Azimut-Benetti, Italy

The Asia Boating Awards, now in its eighth year, are organised by Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating magazine, which are published by Blu Inc Media. The Asia Boating Awards are the most acknowledged awards in the Asian marine industry.