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Published: Wednesday, 06 May 2015

The 11th Asia Boating Awards organised by Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating magazines were presented on May 1 at a luxurious gala at Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel. The event took place on the opening night of the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show (May 1-3).

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Nearly 200 industry leaders and VIPs from around the world enjoyed cocktails created using Snow Leopard Vodka, followed by a five-course gourmet dinner served with Torres wines and the presentation of stunning Baccarat crystal trophies.

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“Congratulations to this year's Asia-Boating Awards winners and nominees. These are the brands, builders, yacht clubs, marinas, companies and people who are working so hard to keep up with the rapidly growing popularity of boating in the region,” says Glen Watson, Editor-in-Chief of Asia-Pacific Boating magazine. “The great thing is, there are many others out there who deserve to be recognised for their efforts and hopefully we will see them nominated, and winning, in the years ahead.”

The Asian Boating Awards were presented in 21 categories, showcasing Asian builders and international brands, as well as Asian regattas and marinas. The region, especially in China, is continuing to grow and mature as a major market for boats, as well as yachts, superyachts and related products/services such as marinas and service centres.

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“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 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 list of nominees came from online polling of Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating readers, with the winners determined by a panel of judges selected for their expertise as well as their ability to make informed, impartial decisions.

 

The 2015 Asia Boating Awards winners are:

 

Best Asian Yacht Builder (25m and above)

Horizon Yachts, Taiwan/China

 

Best Asian Yacht Builder (15m to 24m)

Sunbird, China

 

Best Asian Built Yacht

Gulf Craft, Majesty 122, UAE

 

Best Worldwide Custom Built Yacht

Silver Yachts, SILVER FAST, Australia

 

Best Worldwide Semi Custom Built Yacht (25m and above)

Princess Yachts, 40M X5, United Kingdom

 

Best Worldwide Production Motor Yacht (25m and above)

Azimut Yachts, Azimut Grande 95 RPH, Italy

 

Best Worldwide Production Motor Yacht (15m to 24m)

Lagoon, 630 MY, France

 

Best Worldwide Production Motor Yacht (up to 15m)

Monte Carlo, MC 4, Italy

 

Best Worldwide Production Sailing Yacht (15m and above)

Sunreef Yachts, Sunreef 74, Poland

 

Best Worldwide Production Sailing Yacht (up to 15m)

Jeanneau, Sun Odyssey 349, France

 

Best China Marina

Nansha Marina

 

Best Asian Marina

Gold Coast Yacht and Country Club, Hong Kong/China

 

Best Asian Yacht Club

Sanya Serenity Marina, China

 

Best Asian Regatta

Rolex China Sea Race, Hong Kong/Philippines

 

Personality of the Year

John Lu

 

Best Yacht Design

Benetti, Illusion V, Italy

 

Best Asia-based Charter Company

Northrop and Johnson Asia

 

Best Asia-based Charter Yacht

Beneteau 40.7, France

 

Green Maritime Company of the year

ONE°15 Marina Club, Singapore

 

Best Brand Presence in China

Ferretti Group

 

Best Brand Presence in Asia

Sunseeker

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www.asia-pacificboating.com