Marine University

Today, during the conference entitled “Marine University: Training” held by the University of Genoa, a partnership was signed between the University’s Chancellor Prof. Paolo Comanducci and the President of UCINA, the Italian Marine Industry Association, Saverio Cecchi, to ensure there can be integration between educational aspects, academic research and the most pressing needs of the boating industry.

Specifically, the partnership between UCINA and the University, which is taking part in the Boat Show with its own Marine Centre, will see the creation of study programmes for university students that also focus on the needs of individual businesses operating in the boating sector, including by organising scholarships or specialised work experiences and professional study programmes aimed at favouring graduates’ insertion into roles that are of interest to boating businesses.

Accessory Design Award Ceremony 2019

At 2.30 pm, in the Genoa Boat Show’s Media Centre, awards were handed out to the best of the boating industry’s accessories. The event was held in partnership with ADI, the Italian Association of Industrial Design, and IBI – International Boating Industry.

The awarded companies were Nanoprom, HP Watermakers, CMC Marine, Fitt, As Labruna, MZ Electronic – Italwinch, Veleria San Giorgio, Veco, Pme mare and Garmin. An honorary mention was dedicated to the company Seares, for having developed a product that is capable of carrying out a traditional function while also producing energy for both the boat and its docking pier: the Seadamp Plus, exceptionally designed and reasonably priced.

Following this event was the first “Coffee with the President”, during which the President of I Saloni Nautici Carla Demaria and the Vice President of UCINA Piero Formenti answered questions from journalists, particularly those made by the delegation of international journalists who are taking part in the Boat Show this year, invited from 21 countries.

Boating between future and sustainability conference

A roundtable to set out the current situation concerning construction regulations, specifically those regarding large yachts and safeguarding the environment. Promoting the initiative in the Breitling Theatre was the Italian Naval Register (RINA) which aims to compare a number of leading players on the world boating scene. Giorgio Gallo, Senior Business Development Manager of RINA opened the event by illustrating the Register and how it is committed to supporting shipyards following the relevant regulations in their construction processes, especially those concerning the protection of the environment. These regulations, as explained by Andrew Cutrì from RINA, over the past years have undergone significant changes, especially with regards to the introduction of European regulations focused on controlling and disposing of solid and liquid waste and on reducing emissions.

The conference continued with contributions from Riccardo Martinelli, captain of the 60-metre megayacht “Main”, the Vice President of the Italian Sailing Federation, Alessandro Mei, the President of the Italian Yacht Club, Nico Reggio, and the Director of Institutional Relations for UCINA, Roberto Neglia, who underlined how, at times, regulations, if not inserted into a context that is aware of its market dynamics, can turn out to be ineffective. He also explained how it is necessary to be able to count on committed support from institutions with regards to the many potential initiatives that derive from start-up realities focusing on the boating sector as a whole. Among many key issues, of fundamental importance is that concerning recycling processes for fiberglass. An aspect that was emphasised by the President of Lega Ambiente and by Barbara Amerio of Amer Yacht who briefly presented their project to replace the use of fiberglass with that of a mineral fibre derived from an enriched basalt named FILAVA which benefits from the property of being entirely recyclable at the end of the boat’s life cycle.

Luna Rossa AC75: a flying monohull for the America’s Cup

The America’s Cup docked at the Genoa International Boat Show today with the participation of Team Luna Rossa Pirelli, who presented to the press, general public and professionals exclusive details about their latest “challenge of record” alongside Sicily’s Circolo della Vela.

On the Breitling Theatre’s stage designer Martin Fisher and sailor Francesco Mongelli, along with Andrea D’Amato from Garmin Italia, partner of the Italian team, and RAI Sport journalist Giulio Guazzini, who acted as moderator for the event, focused on the technique of the new AC 75s, the vessels with which in 2021, in Auckland, New Zealand, the 36th edition of the renowned Cup will take place.

These boats will be incredibly fast and will fly over the water thanks to their foiling system, reaching over 40 knots”, explained Fisher, the Italian team’s project director who launched his first America’s Cup challenge back in 1997. “Spectacular boats that will demand great physical strength, power and reactivity in order to get the best out of them”.

Mongelli emphasised the importance of the work carried out by the team using the simulator, a novelty for this challenge, while they wait for the new AC75 to touch the water on 2nd October in Cagliari, where Patrizio Bertelli’s team is based.

Sailing took centre stage once again in two events that took place in the afternoon. The first was the presentation of the Super 8 Race, a new regatta following the “Match 3 Racing” formula, set to take place on the Mediterranean, a presentation which saw the video participation of famous skipper and regatta defender Giovanni Soldini from Honolulu.

Next up was Nautor’s Swan which presented their latest twofold series of new boats. One part of the series will continue to be that of elegant and powerful maxi yachts while the other will provide a new line of Club Swans. The Boat Show witnessed the presentation of the highly technological Club Swan 36. The project starts in Croatia with a training centre in Spalato and a showcase of yachts.

The Genoa International Boat Show also saw the Grosseto-based company Tecnoseal hand out the “Sailing to the Sunshine” Award, during an event that was attended by UCINA President, Saverio Cecchi, to Tethys, an organisation committed to preserving and protecting whale species on a global level and to Seares srl, a young start-up that provides boating products.


There will be a full events programme tomorrow, including the 32nd edition of the Millevele Regatta, held by the Italian Yacht Club, scheduled to begin at 11.00 am in the waters facing the Lido d’Albaro.

The complete events programme:

Breitling Theatre

10.30 am – 12.30 pm:     GENOA – A  HUB FOR THE MARINE ECONOMY (Ministry for Economic Development, ITA, Liguria Region, Genoa Municipality, UCINA, Genoa Boat Show)

12.30 pm – 5.00 pm:       Presenting the Italian Sailing Federation’s initiatives:

12.30 151 miglia Presentation

13.30 Torri Saracene Regatta / Cyclops Route Presentation

14.00 NARC North Adriatic Racing Circuit Presentation

14.30 First E-Sailing Championship final

16.00 WCS Genova 2020 Presentation (Italian Sailing Federation)

5.00 pm – 6.00 pm:         Quaranta Riuggenti project presentation – Sailing around Italy

Conferences and Seminars

10.00 am:                            HOW TO FUND SMALL TO MEDIUM BUSINESSES WITH GREAT INNOVATIVE POTENTIAL (European Industry Confederation, in partnership with UCINA – Forum UCINA Hall)

2.00 pm:                              MARINE LITTER, one of humanity’s greatest challenges (Assonautica and Acatmar – Boating Association (Brazil) – Nervi Hall

3.00 pm:                              Coffee with the President (Media Centre)

Exhibitors Events

10.00 am:                            Preventing the spread of marine invasive alien species (ICOMIA and Boero Group –Nervi Hall – Pavilion B Mezzanine) – in English

10.00 am – 1.00 pm:       Helly Hansen (Pegli Hall – Pav. B Mezzanine)

2.30 pm – 6.00 pm:         Technology to develop electric and hybrid boats (Tecnoservizi –Pegli Hall, Pavilion B Mezzanine)

2.00 pm – 6.30 pm:         Assomarinas (ForumUCINA Hall – Pavilion B Mezzanine)

5.00 pm:                              Amer Yachts and GS4C – A vulcano of ideas (Press conference at the Amer Yachts – Gruppo Permare stand – berth E27)