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ORACLE TEAM USA selects Beneteau as official hospitality vessel supplier

Official Supplier of Oracle Team USA ORACLE TEAM USA has selected Beneteau America as the team's official hospitality vessel supplier. Beneteau will provide its Swift Trawler 34, 44 and 50 for ORACLE TEAM USA's hospitality use leading up to and during the 34th America's Cup.

"It is an honor to support ORACLE TEAM USA in their campaign to bring home another victory in the 34th America's Cup. This is a unique opportunity for a select few organizations, all leaders committed to the highest level of excellence, to unite behind an iconic racing team, and Beneteau is proud to be among them," said Beneteau America President Laurent Fabre.

ORACLE TEAM USA CEO Russell Coutts explained, "As a global leader in building performance sailing and motoryachts, Beneteau is a natural fit to provide ORACLE TEAM USA's sponsors and guests with the best on-the-water experience. This year's racing will be exciting, and with the help of Beneteau, guests will have a front row seat to all of the action."

When ORACLE TEAM USA won the 33rd America's Cup in February 2010, not only did team owner Larry Ellison succeed in his goal of bringing the America's Cup "home" to the United States, but his team became the Defender of the 34th America's Cup. Led by CEO Russell Coutts and skipper Jimmy Spithill, ORACLE TEAM USA is comprised of the best international sailing, design, build and support talent to defend the trophy on San Francisco Bay in 2013.


All in the family
Will and Sarah Curry

Will and Sarah Curry

Vacation begins the minute the laptop closes

Sarah Curry writes in the June 2013 issue of Blue Water Sailing about how she and husband Will balance life and careers living onboard their Beneteau First 405, Hydroquest. Below is an excerpt from the article Balance Pose How to strike a balance between cruising and working.

Today's office is open-air with yellow and orange pillars, a red stone floor and a desk with a bright blue tablecloth. My husband Will sits across from me and behind him a monkey swings back-and-forth in a cage in the garden making cheery monkey sounds—cute, rather than distracting. It's warm out so I just took a swim break in the pool. The odd mosquito bites my leg and tiny ants storm the coffee sugar on the table, but our fingers click away on our keyboards without worry.The unique part about life aboard Hydroquest, our Beneteau First 405, is that part of our "quest" is to find a balance between working and cruising. We are in our early 30's and we work and cruise at the same time, on our own boat.

Isn't part of the cruising dream to save enough money to quit the rat race altogether? In our experience is is true that cruising is often seen as either a retirement plan or a time out from the real world. But it doesn't have to be.

Cruising is, of course, an expensive undertaking so continuing to work can be a way to make the dream possible. Having funds come into the bank account rather than constantly flowing out is a huge bonus. Also, when you're nowhere near retirement age it can be difficult to stop working altogether, so a certain amount of real world responsibility to keep the neurons firing is always welcome.

To read how Sarah and Will are making their dream of cruising a reality and what they've learned along the way, head over to your local bookstore and grab a copy of the Blue Water Sailing June issue. You'll be glad you did. We hope you'll be inspired!

Testing our mettle
Welcome aboard the GT 38

Welcome aboard the Gran Turismo 38

Last month, we shared BoatTEST's thoughts on the Gran Turismo 49 interior design and styling, now see how her little sister stacks up.



Dealer Spotlight
Winters Sailing Center

Brian Winter, Owner

Brian Winter hasn't worked a day in his life

G Winters Sailing CenterBrian Winter has been selling Beneteaus for over 26 years at G. Winter Sailing Center, a Certified Platinum Beneteau dealer in Riverside, NJ. G. Winter's Sailing Center was founded in 1978 by his father Glenn Winter, whom he joined in 1987.

Today, G. Winter's Sailing Center employs 12 people in the sales and service departments, but even though Brian has a heap of responsibility on his shoulders, it doesn't feel like work to him - not when you love what you do for a living anyway.

The Winter's take pride in their high number of repeat buyers - selling as many as five boats or more to a single customer, in addition to an impressive number of referrals.

"From the second someone comes in the door, through the two-day orientation process and all the years that follow, we are here to serve." Brian said. "Creating long-term relationships with our customers is one of the greatest rewards in this business, and it makes what I have the privilege to do everyday very special. It goes way beyond just selling a boat."

Around The World
Obelix

I just want to celebrate!

Join the worldwide sailing celebration, Summer Sailstice on June 22. There's sure to be an event where you are. It's free, and you could win some pretty awesome prizes in addition to having a great time with fellow sailors. Just ask Bernard Portet, a member of the Beneteau family who sails in the San Francisco Bay area aboard Obelix, his Beneteau 361. Last year, Bernard won a $5,000 gift certificate during Summer Sailstice from Footloose Charters which made for one totally amazing trip around the BVI's.



Barracuda Tour 2013

Barracuda Tour 2013: Adventure in the extreme

On May 11th, in a true test of man and machine, an adventure-hungry team of marine journalists, fishing experts, and Beneteau clients took a Barracuda 7 and Barracuda 9 along the Brittany coast of northwestern France on a grueling eight-day, eight-stage fishing trip.

Each daily stage was composed of a high speed run to that day’s fishing spot to demonstrate the Barracudas’ ease of navigation and hull strength in the highly volatile seas of the North Atlantic – then a marathon angling session to highlight the Barracudas’ versatility.

During this epic journey, the team encountered merciless headwinds, 9-foot swells and strong currents while visiting some of the richest sportfishing grounds on that side of the Atlantic. We are happy to report after eight days, 500 nautical miles, 60 engine hours and fish tanks brimming with cod and pollock, both the Barracuda 7 and 9 were ready for more – although their crews were more than a little arm-weary!

Rendezvous
AYS Rendezvous

AYS knows how to throw a party

Annapolis Yacht Sales celebrated their 60th anniversary during the Beneteau Rendezvous they hosted on May 31 through June 2, 2013 at Osprey Point Marina in the picturesque village of Rock Hall, MD. Over 74 Beneteau sail and power yachts and 200 guests enjoyed a sailing race from Annapolis to Rock Hall, paddleboard competitions, a dinghy poker run, a galley talent contest and wine tasting. Then they all gathered for a "Diamonds Are Forever" Bond-themed dinner under the stars with fine food, live music and a lot of dancing. To commemorate AYS' 60th anniversary, one lucky guest won a 1/2 carat high quality estate diamond.

Congratulations AYS on another awesome event. We look forward to seeing how you top this one next year!

Ready to join the fun? Click here to learn more and find a Beneteau Rendezvous near you.

Building Beneteau
Alex Phillips

Alex Phillips, Beneteau Team Member

Great boats are built by great people

Alex Phillips has been a mainstay at Beneteau's Marion, South Carolina facility for close to 20 years where he is now one of the lead workers installing deck hardware and interior panels on Oceanis yachts built there. You might say Beneteau is in the Phillips family's blood. Alex's younger brother, Elbert, works alongside him at the Marion plant, and his older brother, Joseph, worked there for a time also.

When he's not building Beneteaus, Alex enjoys the same things most folks in Marion County enjoy – fishing, good barbecue, good friends, motorcycles and motor racing (Darlington Raceway is just a stone's throw away). Although Alex has never been sailing, it is on his to-do list. But before you start feeling too sorry for him, on several occasions he has had the pleasure of meeting with Madame Annette Bénéteau-Roux, the head of Beneteau and the woman who transformed the company into what it is today.

What impresses Alex the most about the company he works for is its loyalty. “Beneteau is willing to go above and beyond for its employees and that means a lot to us,” he says. And loyalty breeds loyalty, as they say. That's why some of the best sailboats in the world come from Marion, South Carolina – built by Alex!

Shutterbug
Oceanis 55

Oceanis 55: Ready for her close-up
If you missed seeing the debut of the Oceanis 55 in Miami earlier this year, click here to review these just released images of our newest model in the Oceanis range. If words are more your thing, click here to check out Blue Water Sailing's recent review of the Oceanis 55.


Let's Get Together

Chicago In-Water Boat Show
31st Street Harbor,
June 13-16

San Diego Intl Boat Show
Sheraton Harbor Island,
June 20-23

Denison Yacht Sales Rendezvous
Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo, FL, June 14-16

Westerly Yacht Sales Rendezvous
Thetis Island, BC, June 14-16

Freeman Eckley Rendezvous
Seaway Marina, Kelly's Island, OH, June 21-23

Great Hudson Sailing Rendezvous
Liberty Landing Marina, Jersey City, NJ, July 12-14

Cape Yachts Rendezvous
Padanaram (Cape Yard), MA, July 26-28

Prestige Yacht Sales "Rendezvous Grande"
Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT, August 2-4

South Coast Yachts Southern California Rendezvous
Two Harbors, Catalina Island, August 2-4

Signature Yachts Rendezvous
Brownsville Marina on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, August 23-25

Click here for more events.




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