THE ITALIAN MARINE INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION GENERAL MEMBERS’ ASSEMBLY CONVENED IN ROME

THE ITALIAN MARINE INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION GENERAL MEMBERS’ ASSEMBLY CONVENED IN ROME

PRESIDENT CECCHI’S MANDATE EXTENDED FOR TWO YEARS

PROTOCOL SIGNED EXTENDING INSTITUTIONAL AGREEMENTS FOR THE GENOA INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW TO LAST UNTIL 2034

62nd GENOA INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW PROVES TO BE THE GREATEST EDITION IN THE LAST FEW YEARS IN TERMS OF BUSINESS EFFECTIVENESS

MEMBERS’ ASSEMBLY APPROVES THE ASSOCIATION’S 2022 BUDGET

NEW PROFESSIONAL TITLE PRESENTED FOR YACHTING TO RELAUNCH THE CHARTER SEGMENT, SOON TO BE OPERATIONAL

On 15th December in Rome, the General Assembly of Members belonging to the Italian Marine Industry Association was held at the Villa Miani, bringing together entrepreneurs at the forefront of the Italian yachting industry for a day dedicated to work opportunities, discussing today’s most pressing issues and providing the latest developments concerning the sector as a whole.

The first scheduled event was the private Assembly session, which approved the extension of Saverio Cecchi’s mandate as President of the Italian Marine Industry Association with an extraordinary 99.98% approval rate. “Last November,” commented President Cecchi, “the General Council asked me to carry on for another two years, in line with the exceptional provisions approved by the General Confederation of Italian Industry, and today the Assembly’s vote has confirmed my mandate will indeed be extended along with that of the presidential team. I am very proud of this opportunity, I am aware of the responsibility this office holds and I thank the Assembly for their renewed trust.”

In his report to the Members, President Cecchi announced the signature of a new Agreement Protocol between the Italian Marine Industry Association and the relevant Institutions, extending the duration of the agreement to last until 2034, the expected completion date of the various new developments to be added to the Eastern Waterfront project, and reinforcing the institutions’ commitment to consolidate and develop the Genoa International Boat Show, as organised by the Italian Marine Industry Association itself.

During the Assembly, the Italian Marine Industry Association’s 2022 budget was also approved. As illustrated by the Association’s General Manager Marina Stella, “our many completed and ongoing projects are indicators of a responsive and solid industry. We are registering positive results, a significant consolidation of our Association’s economic and financial position and a meaningful increase in membership, with a 29.8% increase over the last two years alone.”

A survey measuring the degree of appreciation of the 62nd Genoa International Boat Show was also presented, as carried out by GRS Research & Strategy, an independent analysis agency dedicated to large events and actively monitoring over 1,000 international exhibitions. The main KPIs included in the survey highlight how the 62nd edition was the most appreciated edition since 2016 – year in which the partnership with GRS first began – far exceeding international benchmark indicators. The quality of the visitors ranked first in the exhibitors’ satisfaction field, underlining the Boat Show’s exceptional ability to evolve and continue to accurately respond to the market’s needs.

Visitors also reported an enormous degree of satisfaction with regards to the range and breadth of products on display and the experience of visiting an area undergoing a profound evolution, characterised, that is, by the Waterfront project, which seemingly has developed a high level of expectation for one of the most interesting locations on the international boat show scene.

During the day’s afternoon round table, President Cecchi recalled how the Italian yachting industry is a sector that does not ask, it gives, producing wealth, exports, and jobs. “A sector with figures ever increasing despite the past three, notably complex years, one of the few in Italy that can say it represents 50% or more of the world market. This is why I am pushing for real political action that will allow us to continue growing, cutting red tape and permitting us to be truly competitive. Italy must become once again a country that can drive its own growth”.

Adding to this, Italy’s Deputy Minister for Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility Edoardo Rixi illustrated the content of a forthcoming decree which, after years of waiting, will finally update the regulations on professional titles within the yachting sector. “We are currently implementing a new simplified professional title, with the introduction of a 2nd class yachting officer, who will qualify via dedicated training, but which will also be proportionate with regards to domestic chartering, for which the major titles, first conceived for the commercial sector, are now unsuitable and oversized,” he explained. “We are also updating the major titles, bringing them in line with international competitors. The text will now have to undergo the scrutiny of the State Council of State and Palazzo Chigi before publication.”

The numbers announced by the President of the Italian Marine Industry Association were resoundingly confirmed by the data collected by the Association’s Research and Market Intelligence department, presented to Members by the head of said department Stefano Pagani.

2022 will once again close with double-digit growth, after an exceptional result in 2021. Specifically, the Superyacht segment confirmed an order backlog of two to four years, depending on the type of product and shipyard.

In the medium-high segment of the Sailing and Motor segments, 2023 production is already allocated and deliveries are being worked on for 2024. The European medium and entry level product market is following seasonal dynamics and has started its own relative production plans.

Positive signals also came from the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show last October, where the analysis of the results following the end of the event, dispelled any fears that had emerged initially regarding the US market, which once again proved to be dynamic and responsive to Italian supply.

Over the course of 2022, a realignment of supply price fluctuations, as well as a reduction in delivery times, was observed, despite a continuing supply crisis in terms of raw materials.

 

Italian Trade Agency and Italian Marine Industry Association join the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show to promote italian businesses

Italian Trade Agency and Italian Marine Industry Association join the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show to promote italian businesses

THE LATEST YACHTING INDUSTRY FIGURES FOR ITALY WERE PRESENTED TO THE US ALONG WITH THOSE OF THE 62nd GENOA INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW, FOLLOWED BY THE GLOBAL LAUNCH OF ITS 63rd EDITION (21-26 SEPTEMBER 2023)

In taking part in the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show (26-30 October) the Italian Trade Agency and Italian Marine Industry Association also sponsored a delegation of Italian companies to support and develop business development and networking opportunities for industry operators.

As part of the event, The Italian Marine Industry Association and Italian Trade Agency, in partnership with the Consulate General of Italy in Miami, held an event to present to the US market the latest performance figures for the Italian yachting industry along with a preview of the 63rd Genoa International Boat Show, scheduled to take place from 21st to 26th September 2023.

The presentation kicked off with a speech by the Head of the Italian Marine Industry Association’s Market Research and Intelligence Department, Stefano Pagani Isnardi, entitled ‘The Italian Yachting Industry: global excellence’.

These latest figures describing the industry, as presented at the 62nd Genoa International Boat Show in September, show how 2021 turned out to be the year with the highest turnover increase ever recorded for the Italian yachting sector, with a growth of +31.1% compared to the previous year, a value of 6.1 billion.

Ours is a sector in which Italy is a world leader,” stated Pagani. “We demonstrate a strong propensity for exports, with an export rate of 88% of national yachting units production. The Italian yachting industry sees the US as the number one export destination market for Italian shipyards, worth 573 million and representing a 16.4% share of exports which reached an all-time high of 3.37 billion in March 2022.

We are world leaders in the production of superyachts (with 523 yachts under construction out of a total of 1024, which represents over 50% of global orders) and market leaders in the maxi RIB, components and equipment segments.”

Following this, I Saloni Nautici’s Sales Manager Alessandro Campagna presented the record-breaking results of the 62nd Genoa International Boat Show, held in September, and launched the upcoming 63rd edition, with a focus on what innovations the 2023 event will have to offer.

Alessandro Campagna, Sales Manager of I Saloni Nautici: “Genoa’s 62nd International Boat Show was an important edition, with 103,812 visitors (a +10.7% increase compared to 2021), 998 brands showcased, over 1,000 boats on display, 4,463 sea trials carried out, 168 new products presented, and 35 countries represented. The organisers are already hard at work for the 63rd edition, which will take place within a location that continues to evolve, that of the new Waterfront project, designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano. The project, scheduled to be completed by 2024, will give the Genoa International Boat Show a cutting-edge exhibition area on land and will provide 200 more berths as early as 2023.”

The international initiatives of the Italian Marine Industry Association and Italian Trade Agency will continue with the organisation of a delegation of Italian companies who will join the Italian Pavilion at the METSTRADE in Amsterdam (15-17 November 2022), the global exhibition dedicated to businesses operating across the boating components and equipment industry.

CLOSING PRESS CONFERENCE FOR THE 62nd GENOA INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW

CLOSING PRESS CONFERENCE FOR THE 62nd GENOA INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW

103,812 VISITORS RECORDED AT THE 62ND GENOA INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW

SAVERIO CECCHI, PRESIDENT OF THE ITALIAN MARINE INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION: “AS OF 11.00 AM, +10.7% OF VISITORS COMPARED TO 2021. THE 63rd GEONA INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW WILL BE HELD FROM 21st TO 26th SEPTEMBER 2023“.

MARCO BUCCI, MAYOR OF GENOA: “GENOA IS AN ENGAGING AND WELCOMING CITY WITH EVENTS SURROUNDING THE BOAT SHOW“.

GIOVANNI TOTI, PRESIDENT OF THE REGION OF LIGURIA: “THE GENOA BOAT SHOW AND NEW WATERFRONT ARE THE DREAM OF A BETTER CITY BECOMING A REALITY“.

MAURIZIO CAVIGLIA: “A SYNERGIC CONTRIBUTION TO RELAUNCH GENOA“.

Today at 12.00 pm, the Closing Press Conference of the 62nd Genoa International Boat Show, an event organised by the Italian Marine Industry Association and I Saloni Nautici from 22nd to 27th September and an edition that has made the most of the tremendous amount of work carried out by the Association over the last few years.

These were the closing statements.

Saverio Cecchi, President of the Italian Marine Industry Association and I Saloni Nautici: “This has been not only an incredible Boat Show, but above all an efficient one: in an exceptional moment for the yachting industry, having grown by 31.1%, with a turnover of € 6.1 billion and a workforce growing by 9.7%, visitors have increased by 10.7% since last year to an impressive 103,812 (as recorded at 11.00 am this morning), and all contracts have been closed. Teamwork was key because this is what we are. All of us. The entire Italian Marine Industry Association, the Genoa International Boat Shows, the Regional Council of Liguria, the Genoa City Council, and the Genoa Chamber of Commerce. A team that as of tomorrow will be planning the 2023 edition of this incredible Boat Show, scheduled to take place from 21st to 26th September next year, an edition that has to be more than just a good show, it has to be the best”.

Genoa Chamber of Commerce Secretary General Maurizio Caviglia“Speaking for the city and the Chamber of Commerce, we are aware of the huge organisational efforts put in place for the Genoa International Boat Show. Despite the fact that we are in one of the largest redevelopment sites in Italy, we have succeeded in ensuring, from all of the various players involved, a synergic contribution to relaunching Genoa across all of its sectors. And the intense promotion of Genoa and its territory will also continue during the many legs of The Ocean Race as the round-the-world regatta follows its route from continent to continent, to relaunching us as a tourist destination and attracting new events.”

The Mayor of Genoa, Marco Bucci, had this to say: “The results have exceeded all expectations and, in addition to the success achieved in terms of the public and businesses, the city has been able to open up and function as a place of high-quality hospitality and entertainment. The next step will be in June 2023 when, on the new Eastern Waterfront which is currently taking shape, Genoa will be the final stage of The Ocean Race. This is a sport in which there is always a finish line: for us, the one shared with the Italian Marine Industry Association and the Saloni Nautici will be the new ten-year agreement starting in 2024, which will include all new exhibition areas. The idea is to transform ideas into real goals“.

The President of the Liguria Regional Council, Mr Giovanni Toti: “What makes me proud today is not only the number of visitors who came to enjoy the Genoa Boat Show but the rate of growth recorded for employment throughout the entire industry. This is an economy that works, an economy that makes dreams come true, and the Genoa International Boat Show is its focal point. Just like the new Eastern Waterfront, Italy’s largest urban regeneration site, the Show is the dream of a better city becoming a reality.”

The 62nd Genoa International Boat Show was supported by the Italian Trade Agency, who, alongside the Italian Marine Industry Association, organised the presence at the Boat Show of a delegation of international journalists and foreign buyers from 35 countries and 5 continents with the international press and buyers tour included in the Made in Italy Promotion Plan of the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

The six-day event saw 168 world premieres, including conventions, seminars, technical workshops, conferences, presentations, and 4,463 sea trials.

In terms of communications, 1117 journalists were accredited, 644 articles were published during the Genoa Boat Show alone, from 22nd to 27th September, 154 of which in daily newspapers, and 11 hours of TV reports dedicated to the Show.

Record-breaking numbers were also achieved by the official online Genoa International Boat Show TV station, which, available at https://sntv.salonenautico.com/, on the Sole 24 Ore official website and on the Corriere.it website, streamed live events daily, along with interviews and reports on conferences, products, and brand new designs on display. There were 1,188,000 page views on the institutional website, 230,000 users connected, and over 1,766,868 people reached via the official social media channels over the 1st – 26th September period.

DAY 5 AT THE GENOA INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW FOCUSED ON CAREER OPPORTUNITIES, INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY ACROSS THE YACHTING SECTOR

DAY 5 AT THE GENOA INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW FOCUSED ON CAREER OPPORTUNITIES, INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY ACROSS THE YACHTING SECTOR

THE EBERHARD & CO. THEATRE ENDS ITS PROGRAMME WITH EVENTS INSPIRED BY SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION

The programme of events and conferences at the 62nd Genoa International Boat Show opened this morning with the round table ‘Il mediatore del diporto: ruolo e attività’ (The yachting broker: role and activities), organised by Assagenti in cooperation with The Italian Marine Industry Association. The category of agents, agents’ agents and ship brokers has promptly and reactively demonstrated its ability to adapt to change and to find and generate new business chains that can be traced back to or assimilated with the role’s historical professionalism. According to a study by The European House Ambrosetti, the contribution of professional boating to the Ligurian ports and territorial economy is estimated to be €369 million – a very prudent estimate, considering the indications that are already visible for the first full year post-pandemic, which has seen a massive growth in large vessels docked in Liguria’s ports and marinas and in the ability of this key source of tourism to generate added value for the territory.

In this regard, President Paolo Pessina recalled how “an ad hoc regulation, implementing decree 151 of 6 August 2021, regularised a profession, that of the pleasure yacht broker, which until now was not substantially different from the traditional one. This marked a turning point. This was in fact a true recognition of genuinely different functions and skills, and a viaticum for further development of the role of maritime agents and brokers in a rapidly expanding sector in need of specific professionalism“.

How Additive Manufacturing can support the technical and creative growth of the nautical industry?” this was the theme of the second Tecnomarathon organised by Amer Yachts & Studio Pegorari at the 62nd Genoa International Boat Show.

Illustrating the most recent innovations in the Additive Manufacturing sector applied to yacht construction, the event’s prestigious panel featured: Guido Zannoni, engineer and Co-founder & Technical Director Superfici scrl, Lorenzo Migliarini, South Europe territory sales manager, Massivit 3, Renato Franić, owner Velum Nautica, Enrico Dini, CEO Monolite UK, D-SHAPE LtD, Barbara Amerio, CEO of Permare, Sustainability Director – Amer Yachts and Councillor of The Italian Marine Industry Association.

From 3D-printed boats to large format prints, to the use of additive manufacturing to recreate oceanic coral reefs destroyed by pollution, it will be crucial to understand the technology in order to fully exploit its potential between industrial optimisation and sustainability.

Barbara Amerio‘In light of the potential that 3D printing technology presents, we have to rethink how we design, we have to re-invent design: it is almost an entirely new profession. We see the future. The level reached by this innovative technology, which is always evolving, now allows a further boost to creativity and inventiveness. Working with 3D printing is part of the ongoing effort to improve construction processes, with the aim of saving time and materials.”

In the afternoon, Alessandro Gianneschi, Vice President of The Italian Marine Industry Association and President of the components sector within the association, met with the press and answered questions about the Genoa International Boat Show’s performance and the very topical issue of raw material procurement. “The industry numbers are very positive, as are those of the visitors who have been crowding the quays and pavilion since the very first days of the event. Over the last few days, more than 100 foreign operators have arrived at the Genoa Boat Show, a number never seen before,” said Mr Gianneschi. “With regards to the well-known critical issues concerning the supply of certain raw materials, we have understood that planning and working in synergy among all the players of the supply chain is fundamental.

A conference entitled ‘The new designs of water cities: accessibility and sustainability across Liguria’, organised by the Liguria Region and Liguria International, was held on the Pavilion Terrace. A Region on the Sea committed to re-establishing and enhancing its relationship with the sea was the theme of the meeting, which provided a close look at the projects of Genoa, La Spezia and Imperia that will redesign the cities’ waterfront profile. As underlined by Pietro Piciocchi, Genoa City Council’s Councillor for Public Works, “ the new Eastern Waterfront represents the city to re-appropriating its sea and at the same time making the Genoese aware that the sea is a strategic resource for the entire city“. For La Spezia, the project illustrated by Mayor Pierluigi Peracchini is called ‘Miglio Blu’ (the Blue Mile), an intervention that not only connects all the shipbuilding realities overlooking the Gulf but is also expanding to create new spaces dedicated to research and to the enhancement of the city’s natural and cultural key elements , with the strengthening of the university pole. Also illustrated were the projects related to the sea concerning the Pilots’ Tower in the port of Genoa and the project for a new port of Imperia.

Enriching the programme were two events devoted to technology and innovation, the technical seminar organised by Atena Lombardia “Noise emissions above and below the surface”, with a focus on mega-yachts, and the in-depth discussion organised by the Marine Centre of the University of Genoa, which took stock of “Innovative solutions for on-board comfort and noise emissions at sea“.

EBERHARD & CO. THEATRE

The morning at the Eberhard & Co. Theatre started with the Genoa Chamber of Commerce, proposing ‘The quality brands of Genoa’s production excellence’, highlighting the city’s Gourmet Catering and Bartender brands as guarantees of quality. The ‘Genova Cambusa dei mari’ (Genoa Seafood Exchange) project, an experience promoting certified quality, was also discussed, with the presence of merchants operating across the network of historic shops and craftsmen involved in the initiative.

Afterwards, the Livorno Naval Academy presented the International Sailing Week to global audiences attending the Genoa International Boat Show, organised together with the City of Livorno, providing a report on the 2022 edition and an overview of it’s the Week.

A dedicated portal, an all-new Campus, and a PhD. These are the proposals presented at the 62nd Genoa International Boat Show in an event held at the Eberhard & Co Theatre; one of the events organised by The Italian Marine Industry Association. The talk entitled ‘Working in the Yachting Industry: professional career and specialised academic development opportunities’ was introduced by Stefano Pagani Isnardi, Head of the Italian Marine Industry Association’s research and market intelligence office. The theme of the talk was that of developing professional careers within a sector that is constantly growing and requires more and more specialised professional figures. This is also the basis of JobSearch, a portal on the confindustrianautica.net website developed by The Italian Marine Industry Association in cooperation with Cinco & Partners for the strategic part, and which was illustrated by Aldo Cinco. A service created to meet the needs of member companies and match supply and demand across the yachting supply chain, a portal that is open to all and free of charge. The target audience of the new University Campus in La Spezia is the next generation, presented by Mariaelena Casentini of the Promostudi which, thanks to institutional supporters but also to private individuals, has created a structure with spaces available for a series of degree courses devoted to the yachting sector, illustrated by Cesare Rizzo, as well as sports facilities and, in the not too distant future, accommodation to create a university pole entirely devoted to the sea. Claudio Ferrari from the University of Genoa concluded the meeting by illustrating the opportunities offered by the PhD in marine sciences and technologies to pursue training in the nautical engineering sector.

Following the panel held by The Ocean Race – Genova The Grand Finale entitled “Le voci del mare ascoltano l’oceano” (The voices of the sea listen to the ocean), dedicated to a project promoted by the Genoa City Council’s Social Services Department with educational and recreational-sports paths aimed at young athletes, featuring sea-related activities, audiences were treated to testimonies from across the territory concerning initiatives and innovations in line with development policies, during the event “La Liguria verso Agenda 2030 – dalla “crescita blu” ad una economia blu sostenibile” (Liguria’s Road to Agenda 2030 – from “blue growth” to a sustainable blue economy), organised by the Liguria Region and Liguria International. The event took stock of development initiatives and policies at a regional level aimed at achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.  These goals, contained in a policy document, are to be achieved by 2030 by all UN member states. In order for this to be decisive, the 2030 Agenda will have to be implemented in a concrete way at global, national and regional level by all those involved.

Paola Carnevale, EIA and Sustainable Development Sector – Environment and Civil Protection Department of the Liguria Region, explained the initiatives undertaken by the Region regarding this issue: “The Liguria Region has already begun a long journey inspired by sustainability and sustainable development. Following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, a strategy has been drawn up at a regional level that identifies the sea as the pivotal theme of our territorial policies. Sustainability is an important path to take, with the aim of adapting to the challenges that will arise in all economic sectors”.

‘The Water Code’, which recounted HELPCODE‘s experiences, projects and activities for the sustainable management of water resources, ended the programme of events at the Eberhard & Co. Theatre. From Italy to Mozambique, via Cambodia, projects related to education, sustainability and the promotion of sustainable development, environmental protection and the mitigation of the anthropogenic impact on rivers, lakes and seas around the world were highlighted, with a focus on how to face new challenges arising across this vast field, helping the most affected countries and the most vulnerable groups. Speakers for HELPCODE were Matteo Cavalleroni, Secretary General, Paolo Gomiero, Mozambique Project Manager, Alessandro Bartoletti, Italy Project Manager, joining Pascal Granero from the Princess Charlene Foundation, Arianna Aliconti, Marine Biologist, and moderator Roberta Pellizzoli, HELPCODE Mozambique Programme Manager.

TOMORROW’S EVENTS – TUESDAY 27th SEPTEMBER

BLUE PAVILION – TERRACE

10:30 am: Following the Genoese across the sea: linguistic, historical and cultural aspects from the Mediterranean to global spaces. Organised by the Marine Centre – University of Genoa (Innovation Hall).

12:00 pm: Closing Press Conference for the 62nd Genoa International Boat Show (Forum Hall and streamed live on the Boat Show’s official online TV station SNTV)

LIGURIA REGION STAND

Sixth and last day of programming at the Liguria Region’s stand: a slot will be dedicated to the municipalities that have been awarded the Blue Flag for the quality of their ports. In addition to the videos dedicated to the Blue Flag winners, which will be shown on the screens at the stand, space will also be given to the mayors of the winning locations for the enhancement of their cities and the activities of their landings.

  • From  10:00 am to 1:00 pm the stand will host the Loano City Council
  • From 3:00 to 6:00 pm the stand will host the Alasso City Council

The tourism department of the Genoa City Council will be present with city pass totems for the promotion of tourism in the city at the stand.

CALABRIA REGION STAND

10:30 am: Yachting Events 2023: setting course for an Extraordinary Calabria. When a vocation for tourism meets the World of Yachting. Presentation of the first Boat Show next Spring – Organised by the Calabria Regional Council. Speakers: Fausto Orsomarso Tourism and Territorial Marketing Councilor for the Regione of Calabria, Gianni Berrino Tourism Councilor for the Region of Liguria, Alessandro Campagna Sales Manager for the Genoa International Boat Show, Piero Formenti Vice President of the Italian Marine Industry Association. Moderator: Sandro Donato Grosso.

A SOLD-OUT SUNDAY OFFERS VISITORS A PACKED EVENTS PROGRAMME

A SOLD-OUT SUNDAY OFFERS VISITORS A PACKED EVENTS PROGRAMME

Today was a bright and sunny Sunday at the 62nd Genoa International Boat Show, a sold-out day with a brimming programme packed with talks and events.

34th MILLEVELE – IREN

The award ceremony for the 34th IREN Millevele regatta organised by the Genoa-based Italian Yacht Club was held this morning on the Terrace of the Genoa International Boat Show’s Blue Pavilion.

Gerolamo Bianchi, the Italian Yacht Club’s President, after announcing the record number of participants in the 34th edition with no less than 228 entries taking part, thanked IREN, the Yacht Club staff, the Harbour Office, and all the organisations that made the Millevele – IREN 2022 possible. We then moved on to the award ceremony, kicking off with the Coppa Boero Bartolomeo Challenge Trophy for the highest ranking ‘social’ boat in the largest grouping. The Trophy went to the Lega Navale Italiana Genova Centro.

Luca Dal Fabbro, Chairman of IREN, sponsor of the Millevele – IREN 2022, was present at the prize-giving ceremony commenting on a regatta that challenged this year’s crews with strong winds, heavy seas, light winds, calm and rain: “All possible conditions this time. A record for what is known as the Genoa Boat Show Regatta. Sustainability and protecting the sea are themes to which IREN is fully committed. An event that for the next three years will continue to  be branded IREN, a decision that stems from the fact that our heart beats in Genoa where our headquarters are located, that sustainability and safeguarding the sea are core values to which IREN is fully committed, and that the Italian Yacht Club is one of the oldest sailing clubs in the world.”

The second edition of the The Italian Marine Industry Association Award, reserved for the shipyard and the boat belonging to a shipyard exhibiting at the 62nd Genoa International Boat Show that achieved the best placement in each group, was awarded to X Yacht Italia with IMXTINENTESolaris Yacht srl with MISTRAL GAGNANT and Hanse Yacht with REMAX ONE. The prize was presented on behalf of The Italian Marine Industry Association (the Italian Marine Industry Association) by General Manager Marina Stella, Councillor Fabio Planamente and Head of Research and Market Intelligence Stefano Pagani Isnardi.

EBERHARD & CO. THEATRE

Today the Eberhard & Co. Theatre hosted the presentation of the 14th edition of the 151 Miglia-Trofeo Cetilar, the offshore sailing regatta organised by the Yacht Club Repubblica Marinara di PisaYacht Club Punta Ala and Yacht Club Livorno. “The place to be” is the claim of this new, eagerly-awaited edition of the 151 Miglia, scheduled for 1st  June 2023 with participants setting sail from Livorno and cutting the finish line in Punta Ala after passing through Marina di Pisa, Giraglia and Formiche di Grosseto. “We chose the phrase ‘the place to be’ because it best represents the very strong bond that unites the 151 Miglia with the many sailors who take part every year with such enthusiasm and passion,” explained Roberto Lacorte, President of the YC Repubblica Marinara di Pisa and founder of the regatta.

This was followed by the event ‘The Boating Industry Lands in the Metaverse’, the world premiere dedicated to The International Yachting Media’s virtual space. The first part of the speech included a presentation of the Metaverse, enriched by historical and explanatory notes, with an in-depth analysis of its applications throughout the various market segments, and a focus on the opportunities for the yachting world. The featured theme was that of the “birth”, specifically during the Genoa International Boat Show, of The International Yachting Media’s Metaverse space, which has already reached thousands of users in just a few hours. A multifunctional and multimedia space, from which it will be possible to browse all six of the group’s publications, board two large yachts, an 80′ catamaran designed by Umberto Felci and the Vanguard, a 65-metre explorer yacht designed by Sergio Cutolo, and walk around in augmented reality. Luca D’Ambrosio, Founder and Editorial Director of The International Yachting Media, had this to say: “The Metaverse has developed vertically in recent years, arousing a lot of interest and investment: Meta (Facebook) and Microsoft have developed professional spaces and are investing 80 billion into what is an evolution of web surfing growing alongside its users. From the current 350 million, the investment will rise to 5 billion by 2030 with opportunities for all sectors including the yachting sector. The boat shows will be able to maintain their fittings and boats within their virtual space, which will be visitable virtually, as well as offering a wide range of services.”

In the afternoon, the Club del Gommone, with President Virginio Gandini, presented the European Raid 2022 and its protagonists, with testimonials, photos and videos. The event, sponsored by the Italian Marine Industry Association, took place this past Spring: an adventure that began in Rome (Fiumicino) on 27th April and ended on Sunday 12th June in Basel and saw the nine participating crews sail some 560 miles along the Mediterranean coastlines, 300 miles on the canals through France, 1050 miles on rivers (La Garonne, the Seine, the Thames and the Rhine) and more than 1,000 miles in the Atlantic, the English Channel and the North Sea. Stars of this adventure, together with the crews of the Club del Gommone, were Nuova Jolly’s Prince 22 and the Suzuki DF200 AP. Virginio Gandini: “Every year the Raids we organise attract enthusiasm and participation. Since 2017, when we organised the circumnavigation of Italy, we have grown by broadening our horizons, first reaching Gibraltar in 2018, then Athens in 2019, with a tour of the Peloponnese, and then turning our attention to the entire Mediterranean. This year we set our sights on the whole of Europe, travelling the continent across its seas, rivers and canals and targeting some of the most important capital cities, including London and Paris. We are already working on the next edition”.

Closing the events at the Eberhard & Co. Theatre was a meeting with Paolo Chiarino‘The Man of the Two Poles’, famous for his epic swims through icy waters, with water temperatures below a freezing -1 degree, all over the world. At the Genoa International Boat Show, Chiarino recounted, with many anecdotes, the emotions he experienced during his extraordinary feats, from crossing the Bering Strait, to swimming in the glaciers of Patagonia, in the water channels of the Hintertux glacier at 3. 200 metres in Austria, to crossing Lake Bajkal in Siberia and again in the Barents Sea: ‘After swimming in the waters of the South Pole in 2019,’ said Chiarino, ‘this year, in May, I repeated the feat with a swim in the Svalbard Islands, fulfilling my dream of becoming one of the eight men in history who have managed to swim 1,000 metres in the Arctic and Antarctic wearing a swimming costume. Travel and adventure are the driving forces that push me to carry out these swims; the experiences are unlike anything you can imagine and so extremely intense. The mind plays such a crucial role, it redefines the concept of human limits.”

Two important sports stars arrived at the Genoa International Boat Show today. On board #SailingPoland with The Ocean Race were Silvia Salis, Coni’s vice-president, and Alberto Razzetti, World and European swimming champion. With them Alessandra Bianchi, Councillor for Sport in Genoa. Yesterday’s star was Diego Negri, two-time world sailing champion in the Star class.

The fascination of sailing, the importance of promoting our territory, and the great challenge of sustainability. These are the values of the #GenovaTheGrandFinale project, and the team continues to grow every day with exceptional ambassadors, inspired by Genoa becoming more and more the world capital of sailing and yachting.

However, visitors are enjoying more than just boats at the 62nd Genoa International Boat Show. Widening the horizons of the event was Giulia Selva, a hallmark name who has been a leading player in the Italian yachting industry since the very beginning, and who made her mark in the fashion world by appearing at the Fashion breakfast organised at the Boat Show’s VIP Lounge.

The designer presented her first collection branded Giuglia destined to be sold online and to take over markets abroad. The collection is entitled Fashion Wanderer and, like a wanderer, it recounts the 10 years the designer has spent between Italy and the rest of Europe enhancing her stylistic journey. The core values of this collection are “research into materials, craftsmanship and a-seasonality“, explained Giulia Selva. “There is also a strong connection to the sea with the Onda capsule, however the whole concept of Fashion Wanderer is linked to the continuous discovery of something new, just like wat happens at sea“.

TOMORROW’S EVENTS – MONDAY 26th SEPTEMBER

BLUE PAVILION

10:30 am: The yachting mediator: role and activities– Organised by Assagenti, in partnership with the Italian Marine Industry Association (Innovation Hall)

10:30 am: Noise emissions above and below the surface.

Organised by ATENA Lombardia (Forum Hall)

12:00 pm: New designs for the city of water: accessibility and sustainability across LiguriaA maritime region where the best of the blue economy and yachting have come together to conceive new floorplans and modern urban spaces – Liguria Region and Liguria International (Blue Pavilion Terrace)

2:00 pm: The TecnoMarathon – Organised by Amer Yachts and Simonetta Pegorari – Studio Pegorari, in partnership with the Italian Marine Industry Association (Tech Hall)

14:30 Coffee with Vice President of the Italian Marine Industry Association Alessandro Gianneschi – (Press room, Blue Pavilion)

3:30 pm: Innovative solutions for comfort on board and noise emissions at sea – Organised by the Marine Centre of the University of Genoa (Innovation Hall)

EBERHARD & CO. THEATRE

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Event organised by the Genoa Chamber of Commerce

12:00 – 1:00 pm: International Sailing Week | Overview of 2022 and the event – Organised by the Naval Academy – City of Livorno

2:00 – 3:00 pm: Working in the yachting industry: professional career and specialised academic development opportunities – Italian Marine Industry Association, Promostudi Foundation, Marine Centre of the University of Genoa

3:00 – 4:00 pm: The voices of the sea listen to the ocean – The Ocean Race | Genova The Grand Finale

4:00 – 5:00 pm: Liguria: the Road to Agenda 2030. From “blue growth” to “a sustainable blue economy”: initiatives and innovations at the heart of development policies. Testimonials from across the region in  view of the 17 OSS goals – Liguria Region and Liguria International

5:00 – 6:00 pm: The Water Code – Experiences, projects and initiatives for the sustainable management of water resources,  Organised by HELPCODE

LIGURIA REGION STAND

Sixth and last day of programming at the Liguria Region’s stand: a slot will be dedicated to the municipalities that have been awarded the Blue Flag for the quality of their ports. In addition to the videos dedicated to the Blue Flag winners, which will be shown on the screens at the stand, space will also be given to the mayors of the winning locations for the enhancement of their cities and the activities of their landings.

From 10:00 am to 1:00 pm the Loano municipal administration will be present at the stand

From 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm the municipal administration of Alassio will be present at the stand

The tourism department of the Genoa City Council will be present with city pass totems for the promotion of tourism in the city at the stand.