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Asia Boating Awards 2019

Ahead of the Singapore Yacht Show (April 11-14) at ONE°15 Marina, Sentosa Cove, the Asia Boating Awards was held on April 10 at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, defined as the social highlight with luxury, glamour and class and themed as ‘art deco elegance’.

It was created by Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating magazines in 2005 and serve as a benchmark for the industry in the Asia-Pacific region.

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“The Asia Boating Awards are a highlight for the region’s yachting industry – and have been every year since they were launched in 2005. They have long been recognised and anticipated by the world’s leading luxury yacht brands. We’re delighted that the 15th edition of the Asia Boating Awards will be held at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, in the heart of the city’s historic district, in conjunction with the Singapore Yacht Show being held at ONE°15 Marina, in Sentosa, and we look forward to another spectacular and exciting evening – in a brand new setting – honouring some of yachting’s finest.”
– Andrew Dembina, Editor-In-Chief, Asia-Pacific Boating

The Winners

25 awards categories available and 15 judges had to pick one winner per category from a nominee shortlist.

 

♦ Best Asian Yacht Builder: Horizon Yachts (Taiwan, China)

Definition: This award goes to the motor and sailing yacht builder whose headquarters and production are based in Asia and whose yacht-building has demonstrated consistent, outstanding quality over the past year, and that has a proven ability to expand in the market.

Nominated: Aquila (China), FarEast Yachts (China), Grand Banks Yachts (Malaysia), Gulf Craft (United Arab Emirates), Heysea (China), Numarine (Turkey)

 

♦ Best Asian-Built Yacht: Aquila 32 (China)

Definition: This award goes to the builder of a yacht launched in the previous year deemed to be the best-built yacht from an Asian yard. This category is open to motor and sail yachts of any size, be it in production (if the series was launched in the year 2018-2019) or one-off.

Nominated: Horizon FD87 Skyline (Taiwan, China), Majesty 140 (United Arab Emirates), Moana 56 (China), Nomad 95 SUV (United Arab Emirates), Numarine 78 HTS (China), Pride Mega Yachts Illusion Plus (China)

 

♦ Best Custom-Built Yacht: Benetti Spectre (Italy)

Definition: This award goes to a completely one-off, one-of-a-kind yacht, launched in the past year, which displays technical excellence and design innovation, as well as outstanding build quality. Winner can be sailing yachts, motor yachts or motor-sailors.

Nominated: Bilgin Nerissa (Turkey), CRN Latona (Italy), Dominator Ilumen 28M M/Y Cadet V (Italy), Feadship Najiba (Netherlands), Horizon CC 115 (Taiwan, China), Lürssen Tis (Germany), Oceanco Bravo Eugenia (Netherlands), Sanlorenzo 52Steel (Italy)

 

♦ Best Semi-Custom-Built Yacht (above 120ft): Amels Volpini 2 (Netherlands)

Definition: This award goes to the best individual yacht that is part of a semi-custom line, in which the hull and much of the basic engineering remains the same, but extensive (or complete) modifications can be made to topsides and in much of the layout and interior. Winner may be motor or sailing yachts, and should have been launched in the past year.

Nominated: Custom Line Navetta 42 (Italy), Majesty 140 (United Arab Emirates), Sanlorenzo 44Alloy (Italy), Wider 165 (Italy)

 

♦ Best Sportscruiser (up to 55ft): Prestige 520S (France)

Definition: This award goes to the best yacht up to 55ft in length with a single deck above the hull and living quarters below, and launched in the past year. The winning boat should demonstrate excellent design and outstanding capabilities with regard to her intended purpose. The boat should also have a record of consistent build quality since launch in the past year.

Nominated: Beneteau Antares 9 OB (France), Galeon 485HTS (Poland), Jeanneau NC37 (France), Princess R35 (United Kingdom), Sealine C530 (Germany)

 

♦ Best Sportscruiser (above 55ft): Sunseeker 74 Sport Yacht (United Kingdom)

Definition: This award goes to the best yacht over 55ft in length with a single deck above the hull and living quarters below, launched in the past year. The winning boat should demonstrate excellent design and outstanding capabilities with regard to her intended purpose. The boat should also have a record of consistent build quality since launch in the past year.

Nominated: Azimut S6 (Italy), Pershing 8x (Italy), Prestige 630S (France), Princess S78 (United Kingdom), Vanquish VQ58 (Netherlands)

 

♦ Best Flybridge Yacht (up to 55ft): Absolute Navetta 48 (Italy)

Definition: This award goes to the best yacht up to 55ft in length with a flybridge – an area on the top of the superstructure with a control station as well as seating and lounging space – that was launched in the past year. The winning boat should demonstrate excellent design and outstanding capabilities with regard to her intended purpose. The boat should also have a record of consistent build quality since launch in the past year.

Nominated: Azimut Flybridge 55 (Italy), Beneteau Swift Trawler 47 (France), Fairline Squadron 53 (United Kingdom), Prestige 520 (France), Princess F45 (United Kingdom), Sealine F430 (Germany)

 

♦ Best Flybridge Yacht (above 55ft to 80ft): MCY 70 (Italy)

Definition: This award goes to the best yacht from over 55ft to 80ft in length with a flybridge – an area on the top of the superstructure with a control station as well as seating and lounging space – that was launched in the past year. The winning boat should demonstrate excellent design and outstanding capabilities with regard to her intended purpose. The boat should also have a record of consistent build quality since launch in the past year.

Nominated: Ferretti FY670 (Italy), Galeon 640 Fly (Poland), Nomad 75 SUV (United Arab Emirates), Prestige 590 (France), Princess F70 (United Kingdom), Sanlorenzo SX76 (Italy), Sunseeker 76 (United Kingdom)

 

♦ Best Flybridge Yacht (above 80ft to 110ft): Riva 110 Dolcevita (Italy)

Definition: This award goes to the best yacht from over 80ft to 110ft in length with a flybridge – an area on the top of the superstructure with a control station as well as seating and lounging space – that was launched in the past year. The winning boat should demonstrate excellent design and outstanding capabilities with regard to her intended purpose. The boat should also have a record of consistent build quality since launch in the past year.

Nominated: Azimut Grande 25 Metri (Italy), Dominator Ilumen 28M M/Y Cadet V (Italy), Nomad 95 SUV (United Arab Emirates), Princess Y85 (United Kingdom), Sanlorenzo SL 102 Asymmetric (Italy)

 

♦ Best Flybridge Yacht (above 110ft): Custom Line 120 (Italy)

Definition: This award goes to the best yacht over 110ft in length with a flybridge – an area on the top of the superstructure with a control station as well as seating and lounging space – that was launched in the past year. The winning boat should demonstrate excellent design and outstanding capabilities with regard to her intended purpose. The boat should also have a record of consistent build quality since launch in the past year.

Nominated: Elandess 244 (Germany), Majesty 140 (United Arab Emirates), Oasis 40M (Italy), Pershing 140 (Italy)

 

♦ Best Explorer Yacht: Sanlorenzo 500EXP (Italy)

Definition: This award goes to the best yacht launched in the past year marketed as an explorer yacht and that offers the ability to be self-sufficient in remote areas for an extended period of time. Features should include a long-range, strong hull (including Ice Class), seaworthiness, large spaces for provisions and fuel, and large tenders. The winning boat should demonstrate excellent design and outstanding capabilities with regard to her intended purpose. The boat should also have a record of consistent build quality since launch in the past year.

Nominated: Damen Game Changer (Netherlands), Nomad 95 SUV (United Arab Emirates), Princess X95 (United Kingdom)

♦ Best Recreational Boat (up to 45ft): Fjord 44 Coupe (Germany)

Definition: This award goes to the best motor yacht up to 45ft in length primarily designed for day cruising, fishing and recreational watersports including waterskiing and wakeboarding. The winning boat should demonstrate excellent design and outstanding capabilities with regard to her intended purpose. The boat should also have a record of consistent build quality since launch in the past year.

Nominated: Aquila 32 (China), Beneteau Flyer 10 (France), Heyday WT-Surf (USA), Jeanneau NC37 (France)

 

♦ Best Multihull Motor Yacht (up to 50ft): Solaris 47 (Italy)

Definition: This award goes to the best multihull motor yacht (catamaran, trimaran, etc) up to 50ft in length launched in the past year by any brand worldwide. The winning boat should demonstrate excellent design and outstanding capabilities. The boat should also have a record of consistent build quality since launch in the past year.

Nominated: Aquila 32 (China), Fountaine Pajot MY 40 (France), Nautitech 47 Power (France), Sunreef 40 Open (Poland)

 

♦ Best Multihull Motor Yacht (above 50ft): Moana 56 (China)

Definition: This award goes to the best multihull motor yacht (catamaran, trimaran, etc) above 50ft in length launched in the past year by any brand worldwide. The winning boat should demonstrate excellent design and outstanding capabilities. The boat should also have a record of consistent build quality since launch in the past year.

Nominated: Horizon PC65 (Taiwan, China), Privilege Euphorie 5 (France), Sunreef 80 Power (Poland)

 

♦ Best Multihull Sailing Yacht: Lagoon 46 (France)

Definition: This award goes to the best multihull sailing yacht (catamaran, trimaran, etc) launched in the past year by any brand worldwide. The winning boat should demonstrate excellent design and outstanding capabilities. The boat should also have a record of consistent build quality since launch in the past year.

Nominated: Alegria 67 (France), JFA Long Island 85′ (France), Sunreef 80 (Poland)

 

♦ Best Monohull Sailing Yacht (up to 55ft): Solaris 47 (Italy)

Definition: The award for Best Sailing Yacht recognises outstanding design, comfort, ease-of-handling and performance in a production sailing yacht yacht up to 55ft, either for racing or cruising purposes.

Nominated: Bavaria C45 (Germany), Beneteau Oceanis 46.1 (France), Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 410 (France)

 

♦ Best Monohull Sailing Yacht (above 55ft): CNB 66 (France)

Definition: The award recognises outstanding design, comfort, ease-of-handling and performance in a production sailing yacht above 55ft, either for racing or cruising purposes.

Nominated: Bavaria C57 (Germany), JFA FC2 70′ (France), Jikan Advanced 80 (Italy)

 

♦ Best Yacht Design Innovation: Princess R35 (United Kingdom)

Definition: This award recognizes the implementation of an innovative design for a production or semi-custom model that could reflect creativity, functionality and/or efficiency.

Nominated: Amels, Volpini 2 (Netherlands), Benetti Spectre (Italy), Custom Line 120 (Italy), Groupe Beneteau Motor Foiler (France), Sanlorenzo SL 102 Asymmetric (Italy), Sunreef 80 (Poland), Tecnomar Evo 120 Ice White (Italy), Whitehaven 6100 Coupe – Euro edition (Taiwan / Australia), Wider 165 (Italy)

 

♦ Best Asian Marina: ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove (Singapore)

Definition: This award recognises Asia-based marinas, either new to the scene or already existing, that have demonstrated a high standard of technical excellence and service for boat owners. The winner may include a new marina of high standard, a marina that has substantially improved the quality of its facilities and services, or a marina that has displayed a consistent very high standard.

Nominated: Aberdeen Marina Club (Hong Kong, China), Boat Lagoon Marina (Thailand), Horizon City Marina (Taiwan, China), Marina Cove (Hong Kong, China), Ocean Marina Yacht Club (Thailand)

 

♦ Best Asian Yacht Club: Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (Hong Kong, China)

Definition: This award recognises an Asia-based yacht club that has shown high levels of organisational ability, either with regattas, rallies and/or membership-based events. A winner may also be recognised for its consistent efforts to promote yachting, and to help develop the yachting industry as a whole.

Nominated: Hebe Haven Yacht Club (Hong Kong, China), Ocean Marina Yacht Club (Thailand), Republic of Singapore Yacht Club (Singapore), Serenity Marina (China), Shenzhen Bay Marina Club (China)

 

♦ Best Asian Regatta: China Coast Regatta (Hong Kong, China)

Definition: This award recognizes the extraordinary efforts of the organizers of Asia’s best regatta this past year, in terms of organisation, promotion, course quality, entry size, competitiveness and social aspects.

Nominated: China Cup (China), Phuket King’s Cup Regatta (Thailand), Top of the Gulf (Thailand), Volvo Ocean Race (Global)

 

♦ Best Asia-Based Yacht Brokerage: Simpson Marine (Hong Kong, China)

Definition: This award recognises the best Asian broker of new and / or used motor yachts and sailing yachts, who also provides the most comprehensive financing options and aftersales service for clients, as well as hosting events to help build communities among its clients in different specific boat categories.

Nominated: Asia Marine Yacht Services (Hong Kong, China), Boat Lagoon Yachting (Thailand), Burgess (Asia), Camper & Nicholsons (Asia), Hong Seh (Singapore), NextWave Yachting (Hong Kong, China)

 

♦ Best Brand Presence in China: Beneteau

Definition: This award goes to the boat brand that has done the most to build its brand in China, via sponsorship of events, advertising and placement. Marketing should exhibit creativity and effectiveness, and campaigns should be recognised for their potential to develop growth and improve brand recognition.

Nominated: Bavaria, Ferretti Yachts, Lagoon, Prestige

 

♦ Best Brand Presence in Asia: Azimut Yachts

Definition: This award goes to the boat brand that has done the most to build its brand in Asia, via sponsorship of events, advertising and placement. Marketing should exhibit creativity and effectiveness, and campaigns should be recognised for their potential to develop growth and improve brand recognition.

Nominated: Amels & Damen, Jeanneau, Lagoon, Majesty Yachts, ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove Singapore, Princess Yachts, Riva, Sanlorenzo, Sunseeker

 

♦ Best Contribution to the Asian Marina Industry: Arthur Tay

Definition: This award recognises an Asia-based individual who has delivered outstanding work in terms of promoting Asia as a boating destination, developed new boating talent in the region, has enhanced Asia’s boating facilities, or has played a very positive role in the development of Asia’s boating community.

Nominated: Howard Chen, James Li, Khun Vrit Yongsakul

 

Judges

  • Foong Seong Khong, Managing Director of Blu Inc Media Asia
  • Andrew Dembina, Editor-in-chief of Asia-Pacific Boating
  • Bill Dixon, Founder and Managing Director of Dixon Yacht Design
  • Kevin Green, Yachting Journalist and Editor
  • Kevin Overton, Managing Director of HWI Hong Kong Limited
  • Li Quan Hai, Vice President of World Sailing
  • Michael Howorth, Luxury Lifestyle Journalist
  • Michael Derrett, Owner of Mike Derrett Marine Consultancy
  • Nick Jeffery, Principal of Nick Jeffery Yacht Publicity
  • Risa Merl, Yachting Journalist and Editor
  • Simon James, CEO of Regattas Asia
  • Tim Heywood, Director of Tim Heywood Designs Ltd.
  • Timothy Saunders, Creative Director and Founder of Timothy Saunders Yacht Design
  • Tommy Ho, CEO of Voyager Risk Solutions Ltd.
  • YP Loke, Managing Director of Spinnaker International

 



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