At the ASMEX 2017 conference held in Sanctuary Cove last week during the annual Awards Gala Presentation Dinner Mr Paul Darrouzet, was awarded Superyacht Industry Champion of the year. His achievements were announced to a sold out gala dinner of industry peers who had gathered to acknowledge and support the outstanding achievements of businesses and individuals in the Australian Marine Export, Superyacht and Commercial Industries.

Paul Darrouzet is an Australian entrepreneur and the owner of Abell Point Marina based in the heart of the Whitsundays. Paul purchased Abell Point Marina in 2013 and set about implementing his vision of a world-class destination marina at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday islands.

Since acquiring Abell Point Marina (APM) in 2013, Paul has been a tireless advocate of the Superyacht industry in Australia and specifically the Whitsunday region. His investment of $12million into a small regional community in a time of marine industry economic downturn, indicates Paul’s personal contribution to not only the Superyacht sector, but the marine industry in general.

Paul has been a been driver to engage with key Ministers in the industry and has been passionate about gaining greater access for superyachts to the Great Barrier Reef. In the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie, Abell Point Marina has been able to achieve a swift return to “business as usual” despite sustaining significant damage. It is this spirit and can-do attitude that has seen Abell Point Marina develop into a world class marina under Paul’s watch, and the 2017 Superyacht Industry Champion award is fitting recognition to a magnificent development.