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(Singapore, April 11, 2018) – The 14th 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 at ONE°15 Marina on Sentosa Island.

“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.

“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 2018 Asia Boating Awards winners are:

Best Flybridge Yacht (up to 55ft)

Ferretti Yachts, FY550 restyling, Italy

Best Flybridge Yacht (above 55ft to 80ft)

Absolute Yachts, Absolute 58 Fly, Italy

Best Flybridge Yacht (above 80ft)

Monte Carlo Yachts, MCY 96, Italy

Best Yacht Design Innovation

Sanlorenzo, 52 Steel Seven Sins, Italy

Best Sportscruiser (up to 55ft)

Sunseeker, Predator 50, United Kingdom

Best Sportscruiser (above 55ft)

Princess Yachts, V65, United Kingdom

Best Asian Yacht Builder

Gulf Craft, United Arab Emirates

Best Multihull Motor Yacht (up to 50ft)

Aquila, Aquila 44, China

Best Multihull Motor Yacht (above 50ft)

Lagoon, Seventy 8, France

Best Asian Built Yacht

Horizon Yachts, FD85, Taiwan, China

Best Explorer Yacht

Numarine, Numarine 32 Explorer, Turkey

Best Asian Yacht Club

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Hong Kong, China

Best Brand Presence in Asia

Azimut Yachts

Best Recreational Boat (up to 45ft)

Sunreef Yachts, 40 Open Sunreef Power, Poland

Best Multihull Sailing Yacht (up to 50ft)

Fountaine Pajot, Saona 47, France

Best Multihull Sailing Yacht (above 50ft)

Sunreef Yachts, Sunreef 88 Double Deck, Poland

Best Custom Built Yacht

Benetti, Seasense, Italy

Best Semi-Custom Built Yacht (above 120ft)

AMELS, Lili, The Netherlands

Best Asian Regatta

Rolex China Sea Race, Hong Kong, China

Best Asian Marina

ONE° 15 Marina Sentosa Cove, Singapore

Best Asia-based Charter Company

Dunia Baru Adventures, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar

Best Monohull Sailing Yacht (up to 65ft)

Jeanneau, Sun Odyssey 440, France

Best Monohull Sailing Yacht (above 65ft)

Solaris, 68, Italy

Best Asian Boat Show

Singapore Yacht Show

Best Brand Presence in China


Personality of the Year

Gordon Hui, Chariman of Sunseeker, Hong Kong, China

For more information about the awards, please visit http://www.asia-pacificboating.com/awards/2018/home or contact Ms. Sharon Hsiung at sharonh@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) 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.