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Asia Boating Awards announces nominees

The biggest night in Asian yachting set for upcoming Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show

Singapore, May 3, 2011 – The complete list of nominees for the upcoming Asia Boating Awards has now been released (see below), with some impressive surprises and the return of some industry stalwarts. Asian yacht builders have been growing in global market share and are now starting to get worldwide media recognition. The upcoming awards are sure to generate plenty of buzz, both in leisure marine media and in regional business media as well.

The Asia Boating Awards, now in its seventh year, is the region’s most established and respected event of its kind. This year sees awards in 23 categories, recognising Asian builders and international brands, as well as Asian regattas, marinas and yacht designers working in Asia. The pioneering Asia Boating Awards was the first event to recognise the efforts and successes of Asian yacht builders.

“There’s been an upswing in interest and respect from the world’s yacht buyers for what Asian yards can achieve, and the Asia Boating Awards have certainly helped to raise awareness globally,” said Ryan Swift, editor of Asia-Pacific Boating magazine.

The Asia Boating Awards will take place on May 6, on the first night of the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show at the Hong Kong Gold Coast Yacht and Country Club, with live music and cocktails creating a fantastic night. The list of nominees comes from online polling of Asia-Pacific Boating readers, with final winners being determined by a panel of judges that have been selected for their ability to make informed, impartial decisions. The awards ceremony is organised by Blu Inc Media, publisher of Asia-Pacific Boating and its Chinese-language sister publication, China Boating.

Nominees for 2011 Asia Boating Awards

1. Best Asian Motor Yacht Builder (81 feet and up)

  • Horizon (Taiwan)
  • IAG Yachts (China)
  • Kha Shing (Taiwan)
  • Kingship (China)
  • Gulf Craft (UAE)
  • Accelera (China)

2. Best Asian Motor Yacht Builder (51 to 80 feet)

  • Tricon Marine (China)
  • Jet Tern Marine (China)
  • Grand Banks (Singapore/Malaysia)
  • Sunbird (China)
  • PAMA Yachts (China)
  • Norseman (Taiwan)
  • 3. Best Asian Motor Yacht Builder (31 to 50 feet)
  • Sino-Eagle Leopard (China)
  • Seat Boat (Thailand)
  • Shanghai Double Happiness (China)

4. Best Custom Built Yacht (150 feet and up)

  • Oceanco - Sunrays (The Netherlands)
  • Royal Huisman - Twizzle (The Netherlands)
  • McMullen & Wing - Big Fish (New Zealand)
  • Perini Navi - Panthalassa (Italy)
  • Sunreef – 102 IPHARRA (Poland)
  • Blohm & Voss – Palladium (Germany)
  • CRN - Azteca (Italy)
  • Feadship – Lady Christine (The Netherlands)
  • Lürssen – Solemates (Germany)

5. Best Semi Custom Built Yacht (100 feet and up)

  • Codecasa – Family Day (Italy)
  • Moonen – Livia 97 (The Netherlands)
  • Amels – Limted Editions 171 Bel Abri (The Netherlands)
  • Heesen Yachts – Sky (The Netherlands)

6. Best Production Motor Yacht (81 to 120 feet)

  • Princess – 32M (UK)
  • Sunseeker – 40M (UK)
  • Ferretti – Navetto 26 Crescendo (Italy)
  • Benetti – Delfino 93 (Italy)
  • Azimut – Azimut 95 (Italy)
  • Pershing – Pershing 108 (Italy)

7. Best Production Motor Yacht (51 to 80 feet)

  • Monte Carlo Yachts - MCY 76 (Italy)
  • Sunseeker - Manhattan 73 (UK)
  • Vicem - 78 Cruiser (Turkey)
  • Fairline - Targa 58 Gran Tourismo (UK)
  • Azimut - Magellano 50 (Italy)
  • Meridian - 541 Sedan (USA)
  • Grand Banks - 53 Aleutian RP (Singapore/Malaysia)

8. Best Production Motor Yacht (31 to 50 feet)

  • Maritimo – C47 Sports Cabriolet (Australia)
  • Sealine – F42 (UK)
  • Bénéteau – Gran Tourismo 38 (France)
  • Riviera – 43 Flybridge (Australia)
  • Marquis -420 Sport Bridge (USA)
  • Jeanneau – Prestige 500 (France)
  • Sea Ray – 450 Sedan Bridge (USA)

9. Best Production Sailing Yacht (51 feet and up)

  • Friendship Yacht Company - Friendship 75 (USA)
  • Carbon Ocean Yachts - Aegir 82 (USA)
  • Nautor’s Swan - Swan 80 (Finland)
  • Oyster - Oyster 885 (UK)
  • Alia Yachts - Alia 82 Aiyana (Turkey)

10. Best Production Sailing Yacht (Under 51 feet)

  • Jeanneau – Sun Odyssey 409 (France)
  • Bénéteau – SenSe 50 (France)
  • McConaghy – McConaghy Ker 40 (Australia)
  • J/Boats – J/111 (USA)
  • Hanse Yachts – Hanse 445 (Germany)

11. Best Production Multihull

  • Nautitech – Nautitech 441 (France)
  • Fontaine Pajot – Galathea 65 (France)
  • Alliaura – Privilege 645 (France)
  • Lagoon – Lagoon 560 (France)
  • Composite Catamarans - Andaman Cabriolet (Thailand)
  • Leopard Catamarans – Leopard 39 (China)

12. Best Asian Marina of the Year

  • ONE°15 Marina Club (Singapore)
  • Hong Kong Marina (Hong Kong)
  • Yacht Haven Marina Phuket (Thailand)
  • Marina at Keppel Bay (Singapore)
  • Hong Kong Gold Coast Yacht & Country Club Marina (Hong Kong)
  • Ao Po Grand Marina (Thailand)

13. Best Asian Yacht Club of the Year

  • Aberdeen Boat Club (Hong Kong)
  • Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (Hong Kong)
  • Republic of Singapore Yacht Club (Singapore)
  • Ocean Marina Yacht Club (Thailand)
  • Royal Langkawi Yacht Club (Malaysia)
  • Longcheer Yacht Club (China)

14. Best Asia-based Charter Yacht

  • Silolona
  • Montigne
  • Raja Laut
  • SY Asia

15. Best Asia-based Charter Company

  • Asia Marine (Thailand)
  • Asia Yacht Agency (Thailand)
  • Simpson Marine
  • Asia Pacific Superyachts
  • Sunsail Asia
  • The Moorings (Asia)

16. Best Asian Maritime Capital

  • Hong Kong
  • Phuket
  • Singapore
  • Sanya, China
  • Xiamen, China

17. Personality of the Year

  • Simon James
  • Tudor John
  • Olivier Burlot
  • John Lu
  • YP Loke

18. Best Asian Regatta of the Year

  • Six Senses Phuket Raceweek (Thailand)
  • Top of the gulf Regatta (Thailand)
  • China Coast Week (Hong Kong)
  • Sawadee.com Regatta Samui (Thailand)
  • The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta (Thailand)
  • The Monsoon Cup (Malaysia)

19. Best Print Ad of the Year

  • Oceanco – APB Nov/Dec 2010
  • Riva 86 Domino – CB July/Aug 2010
  • Oyster – APB Nov/Dec 2010
  • Sunbrella – APB Mar/Apr 2011
  • Custom Line – APB Sep/Oct 2010
  • Amels – APB Mar/Apr 2011
  • Couach – CB Jan/Feb 2011
  • Lurssen – CB Mar/Apr 2010

20. Best Brand Presence in Asia

  • Azimut (Italy)
  • Bénéteau (France)
  • Ferretti (Italy)
  • Horizon (Taiwan)
  • Sunseeker (UK)
  • Princess (UK)
  • Sea Ray (USA)

21. Most Innovative Yacht Design of the Year

  • Royal Huisman – Twizzle (The Netherlands)
  • Monte Carlo Yachts - MCY 76 (Italy)
  • Perini Navi - Exuma (Italy)
  • McMullen & Wing - Big Fish (New Zealand)
  • Rogers Yacht Design- Aegir 82 (UK)
  • Tricon Marine – NISI 2400 (China)

22. Yacht Designer in Asia of the Year

  • Morelli Melvin
  • Albert Nazarov
  • JC Espinosa
  • Guido de Groot
  • Ward Setzer
  • Greg C Marshall

23. ‘Green’ Maritime Company of the Year

  • Grand Banks (Singapore/Malaysia)
  • Horizon (Taiwan)
  • Marina at Keppel Bay (Singapore)
  • Kingship (China)
  • Sino Eagle & Leopard (China)

 

2011 Asia Boating Awards Judges List: 

  • Mr. Albert Nazarov, Naval Architect – Thailand
  • Mr. Albert Wu, General Manager, Gold Coast Yacht and Country Club – Hong Kong
  • Mr. Cowen Chiu, General Committee, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club – Hong Kong
  • Mr. Li Quanhai, Vice President, Chinese Yachting Association – China
  • Mr. Wicky Sundram, General Manager, Royal Langkawi Yacht Club - Malaysia
  • Mr. Emmanuel Delarue – Principal of New Design Architects – China
  • Mr. Colin Dawson – Marine Insurance Broker, Expat Yacht Services – Hong Kong
  • Padma Shri Gulshan Rai, Former Commodore/President Royal Bombay Yacht Club - India
  • Mr. YP Loke, Managing Director, Spinnaker International – Singapore
  • Mr. John Ferguson, Marina Manager, Straits Quay Marina Penang – Malaysia
  • Mr. Kevin Overton, Assistant Director Yacht Division, Lambert Brothers Insurance Brokers – Hong Kong
  • Ms. Parineeta Sethi, Publisher and Editor-in-chief Asia-Pacific Boating India – India
  • Mr. Tommy Ho, Associate Director, AON Risk Solutions – Hong Kong
  • Mr. Bill Dixon, Founder and Managing Director, Dixon Yacht Design – UK
  • Mr. Dag Pike, Yacht Journalist – UK
  • Mr. Ryan Swift, Editor-in-chief, Asia-Pacific Boating – Hong Kong
  • Ms. Janet Chen, Editor-in-chief, China Boating – China
  • Mr. Francois Amman, Managing Director (China), Blu Inc Media – China


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