SINGAPORE - Singapore's ONE°15 Marina Club and Marina at Keppel Bay have taken top honours at the 10th annual Asia Boating Awards organised by Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating magazines in Hong Kong.
Facing strong competition from leading industry players around the world, ONE°15 Marina Club won the Best Asian Marina of the Year, while Marina at Keppel Bay took home the award for Green Maritime Company of the Year.
The prestigious Asia Boating Awards were presented in 21 categories, showcasing Asian builders and international brands, as well as Asian regattas and marinas. It was held during the first night of the annual Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show which recently ended on May 11.
Located within the upscale neighbourhood of the Sentosa Cove enclave, ONE°15 Marina Club is an exclusive marina and leisure hub, offering world-class facilities and private club amenities. It is also the location of the Singapore Yacht Show, an annual luxury yacht event.
According to CNBC, it costs around $10,000 for monthly berth rentals, and the club is said to be at its full capacity as of April this year.
Marina at Keppel Bay, located on the privately-owned Keppel Island, features world-class berthing facilities for 168 yachts including individual berthing systems for mega yachts up to 280 feet. The marine is also home to the Royal Yachting Association-accredited Keppel Bay Sailing Academy, and fine gourmet dining and entertainment facilities.
Opened in 2008, the marina is known globally for its environmental initiatives within its facilities. Its integrated conservation efforts and studies of the marine life at City Reef together with local government agencies and independent researchers have also gained international attention.
This year, the awards featured three new categories: Best China Yacht Club/Marina of the Year, Best Brand Presence in China and Green Maritime Company of the Year.
The award ceremony was held at a black-tie gala at Hotel ICON in Kowloon East, Hong Kong. To the theme of The Great Gatsby, VIP guests such as tycoon Dr Cecil Chao and Mr and Mrs Brandon Chau mixed and mingled with industry leaders from the region and the world.
The esteemed guests also witnessed local charity Yan Oi Tong presented with a HK$100,000 (S$16,000) cheque during the evening.
The gala night was also a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the awards and the China Boating magazine.
"This was a very special evening for all of the guests, nominees and, of course, the winners who have worked so hard to make their companies, brands and boats a success in Asia, especially in Mainland China," said Glen Watson, editor-in-chief of Asia-Pacific Boating Magazine.
Parmigiani, K. Wah International Holdings, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Jebsen Fine Wines, Grey Goose, Dornbracht and Embraer were the event sponsors this year along with Baccarat, which provided the crystal trophies.
Here are the list of winners:
Best Asian Yacht Builder (25m and above): Horizon Yachts, Taiwan / China
Best Asian Yacht Builder (15m to 24m): Gulf Craft, UAE
Best Asian Built Yacht: NISI Yachts, NISI 1700 Vantage, China
Best Worldwide Custom Built Yacht: Benetti Yachts, Lady Candy, Italy
Best Worldwide Semi Custom Built Yacht (25m and above): AMELS, Engelberg, The Netherlands
Best Worldwide Production Motor Yacht (25m and above): Monte Carlo Yachts, MCY 86, Italy
Best Worldwide Production Motor Yacht (15m to 24m): Sunseeker, Predator 80, United Kingdom