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2014 Asia Boating Awards Presented in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, May 15, 2014 – The 10th Asia Boating Awards organised by Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating magazines were presented during a black-tie gala at Hotel ICON in Kowloon East on the first night of the annual Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show (May 9 - 11). 

Bringing together industry leaders from Asia and around the world – as well as VIPs such as Dr. Cecil Chao, and Mr. Brandon and Mrs. Jenny Chau – the theme of the evening was The Great Gatsby, beginning with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails such as Grey Goose martinis and Dewar’s whisky, followed by a gourmet dinner, the awards presentations and performances by jazz dancers.

Also on hand were representatives of the Hong Kong charity Yan Oi Tong, Chairperson Ms. Jenny Ng Ming-Chun and 1st Vice Chairperson Ms. Clarea Au Suet-Ming, who received a cheque for HK$100,000 on the charity’s behalf.

“This was a very special evening for all of the guests, nominees and, of course, the winners who have worked so hard to make their companies, brands and boats a success in Asia, especially in Mainland China. It was also a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the awards, as well as China Boating magazine,” said Glen Watson, Editor-in-Chief of Asia-Pacific Boating Magazine. “I want to thank all of the people working in the yachting industry, both here and abroad, and our sponsors for their continued support in cementing Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating as the region’s leading yacht titles.”

In recognising the growing China market and environmental issues, the 2014 awards featured three new categories: Best China Yacht Club / Marina of the Year, Best Brand Presence in China and Green Maritime Company of the Year.
The prestigious Asia Boating Awards were presented in 21 categories, showcasing Asian builders and international brands, as well as Asian regattas and marinas. 
The list of nominees came from online polling of Asia-Pacific 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.

This year, Parmigiani, K. Wah International Holdings, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Jebsen Fine Wines, Grey Goose, Dornbracht and Embraer were the event sponsors along with Baccarat, which provided the crystal trophies.

The 2014 Asia Boating Awards winners are:

Best Asian Yacht Builder (25m and above)
Horizon Yachts, Taiwan / China

Best Asian Yacht Builder (15m to 24m)
Gulf Craft, UAE

Best Asian Built Yacht
NISI Yachts, NISI 1700 Vantage, China

Best Worldwide Custom Built Yacht
Benetti Yachts, Lady Candy, Italy

Best Worldwide Semi Custom Built Yacht (25m and above)
AMELS, Engelberg, The Netherlands

Best Worldwide Production Motor Yacht (25m and above)
Monte Carlo Yachts, MCY 86, Italy

Best Worldwide Production Motor Yacht (15m to 24m)
Sunseeker, Predator 80, United Kingdom

Best Worldwide Production Motor Yacht (up to 15m)
Princess Yachts, Princess V39, United Kingdom

Best Worldwide Production Sailing Yacht (15m and above)
Jeanneau, Jeanneau 64, France

Best Worldwide Production Sailing Yacht (up to 15m)
Solaris Yachts, ONE 48, Italy

Best China Yacht Club / Marina of the Year
Sanya Serenity Marina

Best Asian Yacht Club of the Year
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Hong Kong

Best Asian Marina of the Year
ONE°15 Marina Club, Singapore

Asian Regatta of the Year
Rolex China Sea Race, Hong Kong / Philippines

Personality of the Year
Arthur Tay 

Best Yacht Design of the Year
Heesen, Galactica Star, The Netherlands

Best Asia-based Charter Company of the Year
Riviera Orientale-Yachting Society, Hong Kong

Best Asia-based Charter Yacht of the Year
70 Sunreef Power Damrak II, Poland

Green Maritime Company of the Year
Marina at Keppel Bay, Singapore

Best Brand Presence in China
Ferretti Yachts

Best Brand Presence in Asia
Azimut Yachts

For more information about the awards, please visit 

Winners of Asia Boating Awards

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Eileen You
Blu Inc Media
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Adrian Cheong 
Corporate Communications & CSR 
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd 
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About Asia-Pacific Boating 

With a heritage spanning 38 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.