On the 11th April 2018, Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating magazines presented the 14th edition of the Asia Boating Awards during a gala at ONE°15 Marina, Singapore, ahead of the Singapore Yacht Show, which kicks off today at ONE°15 Marina on Sentosa Island.
Following the awards, John Higginson, editor-in-chief of Asia-Pacific Boating, 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 awards were presented in 26 categories, showcasing Asian yacht builders, international brands, as well as Asian regattas and marinas.
Speaking about the 2018 nominees, Samuel Xu, editor-in-chief of China Boating, 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.”
The list of nominees came from an online polling of Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating readers, with winners determined by a panel of judges selected for their expertise, as well as their ability to make informed and impartial decisions.
Among the 26 category winners was Ferretti Yachts’ restyled FY550, which won the award for ‘Best Flybridge Yacht (up to 55ft)’, and Absolute Yachts’ Absolute 58 Fly for the ‘Best Flybridge Yacht (above 55ft to 80ft)’.
‘Best Yacht Design Innovation’ was presented to Sanlorenzo, 52 Steel Seven Sins while Gulf Craft was congratulated with the award of ‘Best Asian Yacht Builder’.
For more information, and to view the full list of winners, visit Asia-Pacific Boating.