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Drawing for Beneteau First 22 set for U.S. Sailboat Show

Beneteau is giving away a new First 22 during the Oct. 8-12 United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis.

Beneteau is giving away a new First 22 during the Oct. 8-12 United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis to celebrate 30 years of boatbuilding in America.

Show visitors who purchase their tickets online and are eligible to win will be automatically entered.

On-site participation will be open during show hours.

At the closing, a random drawing will determine the winner of the grand prize: a Beneteau First 22 with a retail value of $29,900. The grand prize will be displayed on land during the sailboat show.

Although Beneteau has been manufacturing sailboats and powerboats for over 130 years in France, Beneteau’s production facility in Marion, S.C., officially started operations in 1986.

Today the plant counts 145 employees and continues to produce two Beneteau models, including the First 22, which was developed in collaboration with the American Sailing Association and launched last year. The plant also builds six Oceanis models ranging from 31 to 45 feet for distribution in the Americas.

The First 22 Giveaway is part of a yearlong celebration.

“As a leader in recreational boating, we feel it is Beneteau’s responsibility to continue to invest in the development of entry-level sailing vessels that make sailing more fun and more approachable,” Beneteau America president Laurent Fabre said in a statement. “Our goal with the First 22 Giveaway is two-fold: celebrate our 30-year Anniversary of boat building in Marion with a splash and give awareness to this fantastic starter boat that we know will attract newcomers to sailing.”

"The First 22 is a true milestone for Beneteau. For the first time, a boat is developed for a specific market and built solely outside our European factories. Traditionally Beneteau starts out building a new boat in Europe, then exports extra sets of molds to build the same model in our factories overseas — like in the U.S. or Brazil,” Fabre said. “We are excited to show the American public that Beneteau is more than ever dedicated to serving their needs. And 30 years later we are still listening.”

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