Genoa Boat Show 2016, or when sailing really rules

The Advanced A80, flagship of the 2016 Genoa Boat Show
The Advanced A80, flagship of the 2016 Genoa Boat Show

It has already been several seasons that the sailing world has been holding up the Genoa Boat Show, but never before has it been the undisputed star of the Ligurian event. Many, many boats expected on the water and ashore. Yes, ashore, because a section of the show will also be dedicated to dinghies (among others will be several RS Sailing models and the legendary Hobie Cat catamarans).

Grand Soleil 58
Grand Soleil 58

None of the world’s leading shipyards and Italians will be missing on the water. Cantiere del Pardo, Italia Yachts and Solaris will present a large number of models, demonstrating a renewed ferment in the Belpaese. Other homegrown players also have their sights set on the Genoa Boat Show, such as Mylius and Vismara Marine, which are bringing (among others) their new 76 DS and Vismara V62 Mills, respectively, while Advanced will have its “small” A44 on the dock and especially with the show’s flagship, the A80.

Vismara V62
Vismara V62

As mentioned, shipyards from all over the world did not beg to be in Genoa. Here in a big way, then, are giants like Beneteau, Bavaria, Jeanneau, Hanse and Dufour, but also Elan, which presents much of its production, as well as smaller but well-known manufacturers such as Wauquiez, or the Sirena Marine shipyard with its Azuree and Euphoria; or again, X-Yachts for the Italian premiere of the new X4 and X6, Delphia, Dehler (both the 34 and 42, the two new additions of the season, will be at the dock).

For lovers of big sailing, unfailing presences Amel (with the 55) and CNB with its 76, but also Fora Marine, producer of the legendary RMs. The world of catamarans is well represented: Lagoon, Fountaine Pajot, Bali will be in the game. And in the coming days, we will tell you the behind-the-scenes story of what we will see and even more news

Precisely because it will be a “Velacentric” Show, there are many initiatives related to our world and the great sailors you will be able to meet in Genoa. Just to name a few: Vittorio Malingri fresh off the Marseille-Tunis record on an uninhabitable catamaran, Gaetano Mura just days away from the start of his solo round-the-world race, Andrea Fornaro (fresh from last year’s Mini Transat) and multi-titled oceanic Giancarlo Pedote.

In the Sailing Word, the heart of the exhibition area, the M32 catamaran village will be set up, a strategic meeting point for enthusiasts and athletes participating in the event (among them Triestine star Lorenzo Bressani, American Chris Rast and Olympian Vittorio Bissaro). Guests of sponsors and exhibitors at the Boat Show will be reserved so-called “Hot Seats,” real front row seats directly on board to participate in the regattas. Finally, Sailing Series, a company that organizes the M32 event in Genoa, and I Saloni Nautici have also thought of a sweepstakes: in fact, the public at the show will be able to participate in the Hot Seat drawing by registering at the info points located inside the fairgrounds.

M32 in action
M32 in action

World premiere at the Genoa Boat Show for the R-30 day sailer, the innovative 10-meter day sailer made by the De Cesari shipyard in Cervia from mahogany laminate that was designed by Alessandro Comuzzi and built to be fully accessible by people in wheelchairs. The R-30 will be available for water trials in the dock. Also at the Nautico will be presented the Sail For All initiative, designed by the Hanse shipyard in collaboration with the UpSail company. Hanse will display ashore the Liberty, a fully accessible single, and the Hanse 303, available in two versions for beginners and experts, which can be handled indifferently by one or two people, boats that are easy to steer and offer excitement and fun for both beginners and experienced sailors.


Also within the area dedicated to Sailing for All is the brand new trimaran Weta, a candidate to be the Paralympics boat in the future. Among the personalities and testimonials who will participate in the Genovese review will be Andrea Stella on Friday, September 23., about to set off in his large catamaran, The Spirit of Stella, on a sensational voyage from the U.S. with final destination in the Vatican to Rome with a mixed crew of differently abled sailors on board to carry the Wheels on Waves message to its destination: to spread from America to Europe a message of peace and respect for the rights of people with reduced mobility.

Wednesday, September 21
Sea Theater 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Presentation of Gaetano Mura’s World Tour

Thursday, September 22
Sea Theater 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Meeting with sailor Andrea Fornaro

Sea Channel Regatta Course
T293 Match Race Boat Show
Match Race with the presence of Team Italy athletes participating in World Championships

Friday, September 23
Regatta Course Corso Italia
M32 Sailing Series Day1

Saturday, September 24
Dockyard Sea Experience
Wakeboard Cable Race Boat Show
Free Style demonstration competition with evolutions and stunts

Regatta Course Corso Italia
M32 Sailing Series Day2

Dockyard Sea Experience
Flyboard Racing Boat Show
Competition of free style evolutions and stunts by top athletes with 4 different categories of FlyBoard.

Boat Show Match Race Puddle Surfing
SUP speed and slalom race

Sunday, September 25
Sea Theater 12 noon – 1 p.m.
Challenging records in the ocean with Vittorio Malingri

Regatta Course Corso Italia
M32 Sailing Series Day2

Dockyard Sea Experience
Flyboard Racing Boat Show
Competition of free style evolutions and stunts by top athletes with 4 different categories of FlyBoard.

Dockyard Sea Experience
Kayak Polo Boat Show
Kayak Polo Tournament



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