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ABA 2016_logo2016 Asia Boating Awards Presented in Singapore

(Singapore, April 7, 2016) – The 12th Asia Boating Awards organised by Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating magazines were presented during a luxurious gala at ONE°15 Marina Club, Singapore on the opening night of the Singapore Yacht Show (April 7-10).

“We handed out 25 Asia Boating Awards — the most ever — in Singapore this year. I congratulate all of the winners, as well as the several hundred nominees. These brands, builders, yacht clubs, marinas, companies and people from the region and around the world are working very hard to meet the needs of the growing number of boaters in Asia Pacific,” says Glen Watson, Editor-in-Chief of Asia-Pacific Boating magazine.

The prestigious Asia Boating Awards were presented in 25 categories, showcasing Asian builders and international brands, as well as Asian regattas and marinas. This year, nomination criteria have been refined and categories streamlined for each award, we have also opened up four new categories that include the Best Multihull Motor Yacht, Best Multihull Sailing Yacht, Best Asian Yacht Refit and Best Asian Boat Show due to popular demand and industry trends.

“This year, the four new categories give us the opportunity to look deep into the boat shows, catamarans and refit boat market. There are a lot of new nominees in the list this time and the competition for the awards is keen. The 2016 Asia Boating Awards in Singapore was an exciting night of celebration with all the nominees and winners who put in so much effort throughout the year,” says China Boating Editor-In-Chief Samuel Xu.

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 2016 Asia Boating Awards winners are:

Best Asian Motor Yacht Builder
Gulf Craft, United Arab Emirates

Best Asian Sailing Yacht Builder
McConaghy Boats, China

Best Asian Built Yacht
Horizon Yacht, RP 120, Taiwan, China

Best Custom Built Yacht
Benetti, 11·11, Italy

Best Semi Custom Built Yacht (25m and above)
AMELS, MADAME KATE, The Netherlands

Best Production Motor Yacht (25m and above)
Sunseeker, 155, UK

Best Production Motor Yacht (15m to 24m)
Princess, 75 MY, UK

Best Production Motor Yacht (up to 15m)
Azimut Yachts, Azimut Atlantis 43, Italy

Best Production Sailing Yacht (20m and above)
Nautor’s Swan, Swan 115 S, Finland

Best Production Sailing Yacht (up to 20m)
Jeanneau, Jeanneau 54, France

Best Multihull Motor Yacht
Sunreef, 70 Power Blue Deer, Poland

Best Multihull Sailing Yacht
Lagoon, Lagoon 42, France

Best Asian Yacht Refit
Yacht Solutions, SURI, Thailand

Best Yacht Design
Lürssen, Lady Lara, Germany

Best China Marina
Sanya Serenity Marina, Sanya

Best Asian Marina
ONE°15 Marina Club, Singapore

Best Asian Yacht Club
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Hong Kong, China

Best Asian Regatta
Phuket Kings Cup, Thailand

Best Asian Boat Show
Singapore Yacht Show, Singapore

Best Asia-based Charter Company
Northrop and Johnson, Hong Kong, China

Best Asia-based Charter Yacht
Saluzi, Australia

Green Maritime Company of the Year
Poralu Marine, France

Best Brand Presence in China
Ferretti Group

Best Brand Presence in Asia
Simpson Marine

Personality of the Year
Carla Demaria

For more information about the awards, please visit www.asia-pacificboating.com or contact Ms. Stacy Song
at stacys@bluincmedia.com, or call us at +852 2165 2824.

About Asia-Pacific Boating 
With a heritage spanning 40 years, and a reputation among Asia Pacific’s yachting enthusiasts for being the leading source of news and information on the luxury boating and yachting industry, Asia-Pacific Boating is the most established and respected boating magazine in the region. Blu Inc Media also licenses the publication of the India Edition of Asia-Pacific Boating.

About China Boating
China’s first luxury yachting magazine and the co-organizer of the prestigious Asia Boating Awards, China Boating reaches the wealthiest Chinese entrepreneurs and tycoons. It introduces yachting culture to China and provides information to boat owners and yachting enthusiasts. Since its launch in 2004, China Boating has established itself as the ultimate luxury lifestyle reference for wealthy Chinese.

About Blu Inc Media
Blu Inc Media (HK) Ltd is a subsidiary of SPH Magazines Pte Ltd, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary
of media giant Singapore Press Holdings Ltd.

Blu Inc Media’s philosophy is to publish market-leading magazines that connect with Asia’s wealthy,
brand-conscious individuals through their chosen lifestyle activities. Blu Inc Media ensures that each
magazine meets the highest international publishing standards, providing readers with a blend of
internationally and locally produced content in a fresh and innovative format.