Italian sailboat builder opens U.S. office

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Italia Yachts opened an office in Milford, Conn. The Venice-based company builds a line of sailboats from 34 to 54 feet.

Italia said in a statement that it would expand its international operations beyond Europe and Australia.

“A physical presence in the U.S. will better enable us to service existing customers while penetrating new markets hungry for the unique blend of design, performance and luxury that our vessels provide,” said Bill Leonard, operations director of Italia Yachts U.S.A., in the statement.

The company said that its boats were consecutive winners in the 2015 and 2016 ORC world championships. The company was founded in 2011 in Chioggia to fill what it calls an “increasing market gap between Mediterranean high-performance boats and more traditional Nordic cruisers.”

In addition to the Connecticut office, Italia will have a satellite operation in South Florida.