After a lengthy study of where to locate and open a new permanent trials base, #beneteau set its sights on Port Ginesta in Barcelona. The inauguration, attended by Annette Roux, Luca Brancaleon, general manager of #beneteau, Pere Padrosa, general manager of the marinas and airports of Catalonia, Rodolf Guasch, the brand’s Catalan dealer and 35 European journalists, took place in late October. The Port Ginesta base will allow customers, journalists and partners to try out new sailing yachts and motorboats all year round, in addition to big boats proposed by the Vendée boatyard.
Among the four sites considered – Barcelona, Cannes, Palma and Nice – Port Ginesta was the clear choice for technical reasons and for its overall attractiveness. Yves Mandin, manager of the project and of the Premium Service, stressed that apart from the close proximity to an international airport, the city’s vitality and its cultural influence, “Barcelona has a mild climate and excellent sailing conditions. The Port Ginesta marina is well-sheltered and access to the sea is quick, with no channel as you enter the port. What’s more, we have succeeded in obtaining a dedicated building for 3 years and eight 15-metre moorings in the marina. It has also been agreed to extend this to cater to smaller boats.”
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