A remarkable number of APSA members attended the Asia Boating Awards 2012 that was held in Hong Kong’s Grand Hyatt on 10 May, with two APSA founder members receiving important awards. YP Loke, on the management committee of the Association, was recognised with ´Personality of the Year´ award while Simpson Marine was awarded as the best Asia-based charter company.
The awards honoured many Asian companies in categories recognising both Asian and international activities. Perhaps the most notable was McConaghy Yachts of Zuhai‘s radical trimaran new launch 43m superyacht Adastra which won the international category award for best yacht design of the year. The design was carried out by UK designer John Shuttleworth.
The Asia Boating Awards proved to be a celebration and recognition of the quality of Asian superyacht businesses and also of shipyards and designers from outside the region, serves to underscore the importance of those companies and others joining the Association to further raise their profile – outwith the region for the Asia companies – and within the region for those shipyards and suppliers from Europe and America.
The Winners of the 2012 Asia Boating Awards
Asian Yacht Club of the Year
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Hong Kong
Asian Regatta of the Year
China Coast Regatta
Personality of the Year
Y P Loke, Singapore
Print Ad of the Year
Best Yacht Design of the Year
McConaghy Boats, trimaran yacht Adastra, China
Best Yacht Designer in Asia of the Year
Axis Yacht Design Group, Italy
Best Asia-based Charter Company
Simpson Marine, Hong Kong
The Asia Boating Awards, now in its eighth year, are organised by Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boatingmagazine, which are published by Blu Inc Media. The Asia Boating Awards are the most acknowledged awards in the Asian marine industry.