2015 Asia Boating Awards Presented in Hong Kong(Hong Kong, May 1, 2015) – The 11th Asia Boating Awards organised by Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating magazines were presented during a luxurious gala at Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel on the opening night of the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show (May 1-3).

Bringing together nearly 200 industry leaders and VIPs from Asia and around the world, the evening kicked off with cocktails created using Snow Leopard Vodka, followed by a 5-course gourmet dinner served with Torres wines and the Baccarat crystal trophy presentations.

“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 Glen Watson, 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 21 categories, showcasing Asian builders and international brands, as well as Asian regattas and marinas. The region, especially China, is continuing to grow and mature as a major market for boats, as well as yachts, superyachts and related products/services such as marinas and service centres.

“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, impartial decisions.

The 2015 Asia Boating Awards winners are:

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

Best Asian Yacht Builder (15m to 24m)
Sunbird, China

Best Asian Built Yacht
Gulf Craft, Majesty 122, UAE

Best Worldwide Custom Built Yacht
Silver Yachts, SILVER FAST, Australia

Best Worldwide Semi Custom Built Yacht (25m and above)
Princess Yachts, 40M X5, United Kingdom

Best Worldwide Production Motor Yacht (25m and above)
Azimut Yachts, Azimut Grande 95 RPH, Italy

Best Worldwide Production Motor Yacht (15m to 24m)
Lagoon, 630 MY, France

Best Worldwide Production Motor Yacht (up to 15m)
Monte Carlo, MC 4, Italy

Best Worldwide Production Sailing Yacht (15m and above)
Sunreef Yachts, Sunreef 74, Poland

Best Worldwide Production Sailing Yacht (up to 15m)
Jeanneau, Sun Odyssey 349, France

Best China Marina
Nansha Marina

Best Asian Marina
Gold Coast Yacht and Country Club, Hong Kong/China

Best Asian Yacht Club
Sanya Serenity Marina, China

Best Asian Regatta
Rolex China Sea Race, Hong Kong/Philippines

Personality of the Year
John Lu

Best Yacht Design
Benetti, ILLUSION V, Italy

Best Asia-based Charter Company
Northrop and Johnson Asia

Best Asia-based Charter Yacht
Beneteau 40.7, France

Green Maritime Company of the year
ONE°15 Marina Club, Singapore

Best Brand Presence in China
Ferretti Group

Best Brand Presence in Asia