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Back to the Mack

With the start of the Chicago Yacht Club's 105th Race To Mackinac Friday, July 12, a grueling 289.4 nautical mile race from just off Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois to Mackinac Island, Michigan, we sat down with Beneteau owner Emmy Gallagher as she prepares to join her husband Matt and four other crew aboard their Beneteau 37, Endeavour, for the race.

All in the family

"Old Goats" Ray & Winnie Adams are at it again

Ray & Winnie Adams, owners of Epic, a Beneteau 42s7, earned first place in the Section 04 Mackinac Cup Division during the 2012 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac with a corrected time of 39:25:44. Epic went onto finish second in the PHRF E Class of the 2012 Bayview Port Huron to Mackinac Race with a corrected time of 46:22:58. Ray and Winnie proudly shared with us that in 1998 Epic won both the Chicago Yacht Club and Bayview Yacht Club Mackinac races back to back!

Testing our mettle
Barracuda Tour

The Barracuda vs. Mother Nature

In last month's issue, we told you about an adventure-hungry team of marine journalists, fishing experts, and Beneteau clients who took a Barracuda 7 and Barracuda 9 along the Brittany coast of northwestern France on a grueling eight-day, eight-stage fishing trip. But, what we didn't have last month was the video shot during the expedition. Check this out!

Swift 50

The Swift 50, built for a generation

"...this three-stateroom vessel is well-designed and has a price tag that allows grown men to dream again. She is a boat for the baby boomers and their children and grandchildren and she is easy to handle by a couple or even single-handed." -- BoatTest.com Captain's Report

Oceanis 41

Oceanis 41: The perfect cruiser for families

Read the captain's report on BoatTEST.com

Around The World

Photo by Billy Black

Jonathan Green tackled the Atlantic -- single-handed

Jonathan Green sailing Jeroboam, his Oceanis 351, not only completed the OSTAR, the Original Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race, but became the official 2013 IRC Winner Overall of this most prestigious race.

Beneteau Love Club
Oceanis 37 Limited Edition

Mike Verdu gushes about his new love -- the Oceanis 37 Limited Edition

"I love my Beneteau Oceanis 37! The boat sails beautifully in both light and heavy winds and is wonderfully balanced, needing only a feather-light touch on the helm once she's properly trimmed. She's also very fast. I find myself sailing quickly by other boats even though I am not consciously trying to race with them.

Building Beneteau
Judy Barfield

Judy Barfield, Beneteau Team Member

Great boats are built by great people

Judy Barlow has been working at the Beneteau plant in Marion, SC for 19 years, "I've worked on every part that goes into the mold room – the hull, liner, deck liner, and shower stalls to name a few," she said. Currently, Judy is laying fiberglass to make lockers, transom doors and cockpit tables.

Let's Get Together

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

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

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

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

Montreal In-Water Show
Old Port of Montreal, QC,
Sep 6-8

Newport International Boat Show
Newport Yachting Center in Newport, RI, Sep 12-15

Norwalk Boat Show
Norwalk Cove Marina in East Norwalk, CT, Sep 19-22

Sea Lake Yachts Rendezvous
Lakewood Yacht Club, Seabrook, TX, Sep 20-22

United States Powerboat Show
Annapolis, MD, Oct 3-6

United States Sailboat Show
Annapolis, MD, Oct 10-14

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Westerly Yacht Sales held their 21st Annual Beneteau Rendezvous at the beautiful Telegraph Harbour on Thetis Island June 14-16. Over 55 boats and 157 guests were in attendance for an absolutely gorgeous Father's Day weekend. Hilarious events were enjoyed by all throughout the weekend. The rendezvous concluded with an awards ceremony of Westerly Yacht badges, engraved medals, gifts and prizes. The rendezvous sparked new friendships and created wonderful, lasting memories.

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Pic of the month
Pic of the month

Dale & Cynthia aboard S/V North Star, their Beneteau 423 in Kynoch Falls on the way to Glacier Bay, AK

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