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2017 Asia Boating Awards Presented in Singapore


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(Singapore, April 5, 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).


“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 John Higginson, 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 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.

“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 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


For more information about the awards, please visit http://www.asia-pacificboating.com/awards/2017/home or contact Ms. Stacy Song at stacys@bluincmedia.com.

About Asia-Pacific Boating
With a heritage spanning 41 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) Limited is a subsidiary of SPH Magazines Pte Ltd, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of media giant Singapore Press Holdings Limited.

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 international and locally produced content in a fresh and innovative format.