Beneteau America has returned from its first participation in the 9th China Cup International Regatta, which was held in Daya Bay, Shenzhen, from Oct. 30-Nov. 2.
The regatta is the first Chinese event to be listed on the International Sailing Federation calendar and is the largest one-design regatta in Asia. Every year, the event gathers more than 100 crews from more than 30 countries.
Team Beneteau America was composed of Beneteau dealers and staff members, including the president of Beneteau America, Laurent Fabre, and the company’s sales manager for sailboats, Chris Doscher, as skipper. Participating dealers were Thomas Span, of SMA Yachts; Rick Day, of South Coast Yachts; and Charles Devanneaux, of NAOS Yachts.
Team Beneteau America ranked ninth in a field of 25 competitive teams in the Beneteau First 40.7 class. Wanhang Longcheer, skippered by Steve Mconohey, won the class, edging out Emirates Team New Zealand by only a few points.
“While all teams naturally prefer being on the podium, this event was still a great success for Beneteau,” Doscher said in a statement. “We rewarded some of our top dealers with an extraordinary experience and have laid the groundwork for other Beneteau teams to come back here and compete. The race was also a great success for the race organizers. The Chinese authorities really put on a good event. I am sure it will continue to grow as more sailors learn how exciting, competitive and welcoming China is to racing sailors from around the world.”