Taken place at the fabulous Intercontinental Hotel Serenity Coast Resort on March 29, the 9th edition of the Asia Boating Awards, jointly organised by Asia-Pacific Boating as well as China Boating, once again honoured the best of yachting in Asia and in the world. The event was held the evening before the start of one of Asia’s brightest boat shows, the Hainan Rendezvous, held every year in Sanya. The Hainan show has quickly grown into one of the landmark luxury yachting events in Asia and in only four years is now well known to the world’s most prestigious yacht brands.
The Hainan Rendezvous showcases international yachting brandnames, as well as Asia-based builders, which perfectly matches the aim of the awards. “The Asia Boating Awards are unique in that they bring together international and Asian yacht builders, industry insiders and HNWIs from around the region in one gala ceremony. No other event in the world does this in the way we do,” said Ryan Swift, Editor in Chief of Asia-Pacific Boating magazine, which co-organises the event.
Wang Xinlei, Editor-in-Chief of China Boating, said: “I’m very pleased to see so many good friends here tonight. The tremendous support from boat owners and international yachting industry leaders reaffirms China Boating and Asia-Pacific Boating as the premiere luxury yachting magazines in Asia.”
Taiwan’s Horizon Yachts and Hong Kong’s Kingship were again acknowledged as Asia’s top yacht builders, while the Best Asian Built Yacht, the most sought-after award by Asian yards, went to Gulf Craft’s motor yacht Majesty 135, a first for the UAE builder.
This year’s awards for Best Custom Built Yacht and Best Semi Custom Built Yacht went to Lürssen and Benetti, respectively. Both yards have been very busy over the past year with superyacht launches and the German-based builder has just launched the world’s largest superyacht, the 184-metre mega yacht Project Azzam.
As Asian buyers have snapped up large production yachts in the 100-foot fiberglass category, strong industry interest in the Best Production Motor Yacht 24m-to-40m class has grown. Princess Yachts of the UK walked off with this prize for their highly regarded Princess 40M yacht Imperial Princess. Ferretti Yachts of Italy were very pleased with their victory in the Best Production Motor Yacht 15m-to-24m class with their newly released F690, a fiiting reward for all the firm’s recent efforts in ramping up its Asian operations.
Azimut Yachts, possibly the world’s biggest production yacht builder, has been revamping its range, especially with its long-range cruising Magellano series. The judges duly took note of, giving the nod to the Magellano 43 as Best Production Motor Yacht of up to 15 metres.
In the sailing categories, the Jeanneau 509 was voted the Best Production Sailing Yacht of 15 to 30 metres while the Beneteau Sense 46 claimed Best Production Sailing Yacht of up to 15 metres. For yacht design, the judges were notably impressed with the Marquis 630 designed by Nuvolari Lenard. Ker Yacht Design, which has been working closely with the Zhuhai-based production team of McConaghy Boats and helping them produce a range of one-design speed machines, was awarded Best Yacht Designer in Asia of the Year.
Asia yacht industry veteran Mike Simpson, who founded the firm that bears his name, was recognized by the judges as Personality of the Year, for his many years of effort in growing the yachting market in Asia.
Many industry VIPs were in attendance at the black tie gala dinner, as were numerous guests of honour, including: Feng Hui, Ge Wei Dong, Chen Wei Jing, Hu Bing, Chun Ni, Mo Xiao Qi and many more.
The Full List of 2013 BMW Asia Boating Awards Winners:
Best Asian Yacht Builder (30m and up): Kingship, Hong Kong/China
Best Asian Yacht Builder (15m to 30m): Horizon Yachts, Taiwan
Best Production Motor Yacht (15m to 24m): Ferretti Group, F690, Italy
Best Production Sailing Yacht (up to 15m): Beneteau, Sense 46, France
Asian Marina of the Year: ONE°15 Marina Club, Singapore
Asian Yacht Club of the Year: Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Hong Kong
Asian Regatta of the Year: China Coast Regatta, Hong Kong
Personality of the Year: Mike Simpson
Best Yacht Design of the Year: Marquis, 630 Sport Yacht, USA
Best Yacht Designer in Asia of the Year: Jason Ker
Best Asia-based Charter Company: Sunsail
Best Brand Presence in Asia: Sunseeker