Asia Boating Award winners announced

HONG KONG — Richard Beattie, owner of the McMullen and Wing custom build Big Fish, won the Most Innovative Yacht Design of the Year. He was one of several honored at the Asia Boating Awards, held on May 6 at the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show.

The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club was again honored for being Best Asian Yacht Club of the year, while the Hong Kong Gold Coast Yacht Club took the award for Best Asian Marina of the Year.

In the Asian builder categories, Taiwanese yacht builder Horizon Yachts won the award for Best Asian Motor Yacht Builder 81 feet and up. Zhuhai Sunbird, which specializes in mid-range yachts and recently became the first Chinese yacht builder to list on the stock market, took the award for Best Asian Yacht Builder 51 to 80 feet. Finally, the award for Best Asian Motor Yacht Builder 31 to 50 feet went to Sino-Eagle Leopard, which has been producing sailing and power catamarans for the Leopard brand of power and sail catamarans.

In a related win, Morrelli & Melvin won the award this year for Yacht Designer in Asia of the Year, which recognizes the work now being done by the world's biggest names in yacht design with Asian builders. Morrelli & Melvin have worked with Sino-Eagle Leopard, McConaghy's China and several other yards, and have hinted at establishing an office in Hong Kong.

Dutch yacht builders made a strong showing at this year's awards. Superyacht builder Royal Huisman won the category of Best Custom Built Yacht. Also among the Dutch yards being rewarded this year were Amels Holland, famous for their series of semi-customised superyachts.

Simpson Marine enjoyed twin successes in the sailing yacht category this year, with the new Bénéteau Sense and the Nautor’s Swan 80 taking awards in their respective categories, while best production multihull went to Fountaine Pajot for its Galathea 65, one of which is available for charter in Asia.

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 The last awards featured a few surprises, with Olivier Burlot, formerly the publisher of Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating, being voted as Personality of the Year by the panel of judges.

Asia Boating Awards Winners List 2011
Best Custom Built Yacht: Royal Huisman – Twizzle (The Netherlands)  

Best Semi Custom Built Yacht (100 feet and up): Amels – Limited Edition 171 Bel Abri (The Netherlands)

Most Innovative Yacht Design of the Year: McMullen & Wing – Big Fish (New Zealand)  

Yacht Designer in Asia of the Year: Morrelli & Melvin (USA)  

‘Green' Maritime Company of the Year: Marina at Keppel Bay (Singapore)

Best Print Ad of the Year: Riva 86 Domino – CB July/Aug 2010

Best Asian Yacht Club of the Year: Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (Hong Kong)

Best Asian Marina of the Year: Hong Kong Gold Coast Yacht & Country Club (Hong Kong)  

Best Asian Motor Yacht Builder (81 feet and up): Horizon (Taiwan)

Best Asian Motor Yacht Builder (51 to 80 feet): Sunbird Yacht (China)

Best Asian Motor Yacht Builder (31 to 50 feet): Sino-Eagle Leopard (China)

Best Production Motor Yacht (81 to 120 feet): Princess – 32M (UK)

Best Production Motor Yacht (51 to 80 feet): Monte Carlo Yachts – MCY 76 (Italy)

Best Production Motor Yacht (31 to 50 feet): Sea Ray – 450 Sedan Bridge (USA)  

Best Production Sailing Yacht (51 feet and up): Nautor’s Swan - Swan 80 (Finland)

Best Production Sailing Yacht (Under 51 feet): Beneteau – SenSe 50 – (France)

Best Production Multihull: Fountaine Pajot – Galathea 65 (France)  

Best Asia-based Charter Company: Simpson Marine (Hong Kong)

Best Asia-based Charter Yacht: Montigne (Turkey)

Best Asian Regatta of the Year: Six Senses Phuket Raceweek (Thailand)

Best Asian Maritime Capital: Singapore

Best Brand Presence in Asia: Sunseeker (UK

Personality of the Year: Olivier Burlot     

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