Published: Friday, 07 April 2017

The 13th Asia Boating Awards organised by Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating magazines were presented during a luxurious gala at ONE°15 Marina, Singapore ahead of the Singapore Yacht Show (April 6-9).

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(Photos: Blu Inc - Asia Boating Awards 2017)

John Higginson, Editor-in-Chief of Asia-Pacific Boating magazine, said: "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. 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 prestigious Asia Boating Awards were 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.

Samuel Xu, Editor-in-Chief of China Boating magazine, said:  “There are never a lack of opportunities in the Asian boating market, even during the economic slowdown. 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.”

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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 and impartial decisions.

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