Yacht Racing is one sport where the manufacturers don’t really get involved in racing. As far as we know there are no manufacturer based ‘factory’ racing teams (though we are willing to hear from people who think there are). The closest that these companies get to racing is one design events like the China Cup International Regatta (CCIR).
Last year the event attracted over 40 sailors from the international Beneteau Dealers Network. This year, with Beneteau signed up as a major sponsor, the Dealers Network is gearing up to make another big splash. As official sponsor of the CCIR, Beneteau supplied another twenty First 40.7 yachts this year – taking the One-Design fleet to over thirty – allocating ten to its huge Beneteau Dealer’s Network, which has nearly 200 offices in 52 countries.
The long-term partnership with Beneteau is welcome as it will help the CCIR establish a yachting culture in China and support the development of the wider industry in this young sailing market. A representative said:
‘As a sponsor of the China Cup, Beneteau is making a significant contribution to the development of yachting in China as the sponsorship programme includes training in yacht handling and racing as well as boat maintenance support from the international media and recruiting of top sailors from around the world to compete in this exciting new regatta.’
As official sponsor to the CCIR, Beneteau will also supply a number of additional yachts over the next five years; including Beneteau Farr designed First 40.7s. Beneteau will also be title-sponsor for two CCIR sub-regattas.