Beneteau America and the American Sailing Association said the ASA First 22 will have its world premiere Oct. 9-13 at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md.
Beneteau and the ASA announced their partnership at the Annapolis show last year. The new ASA-exclusive sail-training vessel uses Beneteau’s popular First 20 as its inspiration.
The new boat is being produced at Beneteau’s factory in Marion, S.C. Its features include an extended cockpit to give students and instructors more room, a rig designed specifically for sail training and ergonomic and safety innovations to ensure that every sail is comfortable and safe.
The research and development team at Beneteau used input from ASA instructors, schools and leading competitive sailors to refine and adapt the Finot-Conq & Associates design of its very successful First 20.
“This project is particularly relevant and exciting to Beneteau; building small sailing vessels to invite more people to experience the thrill of sailing is exactly what our company’s success is built upon,” Beneteau America president Laurent Fabre said in a statement. “We feel very fortunate to partner with ASA to offer a new and exciting boat for their associated schools to attract new sailors.”