Published: Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Azimut Benetti Group brought together over 700 yacht owners from all around the world, including China, American and Brazil, at the 10th edition of the exclusive Yachting Gala on June 24-25 at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda at Porto Cervo in Sardinia for a revelling event. 

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(Photos: Azimut Benetti Group - Azimut Grande 35 Metri)

The guests also enjoyed the world previews of Azimut Grande 27 Metri and 35 Metri, which will have their global premieres at the Cannes Yachting Festival (September 12-17). Selected owners were also able to put the propulsion system developed exclusively by Rolls-Royce to the test on the Benetti Fast 125’. Azimut Benetti Group also showcased the other models in the Azimut and Benetti ranges, with a total of 25 yachts. 

At the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, an “Azimut Benetti Village” was set up for guests to visit and test drive the yachts in the fleet. They also had a chance to discover Costa Smeralda, with guided tours of the local area, excursions to the bays, food and wine featuring the local cuisine and Sardinian vermouths, plus the local craft products.

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Sipping glasses of Ferrari Trento, guests were treated to a trunk show organised by Ermenegildo Zegna with Creative Director Alessandro Sartori, while a yacht provided the venue for the ladies to admire jewellery creations by Bulgari, accompanied by Creative Director Lucia Silvestri.

Frette, which curated the decor of the boats on display and created the special one-off colour used for the table linen at the gala dinner, offered guests an exclusive bespoke service, while the designers from Rubelli provided private interior design advice in a lounge with a spectacular sea view.

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After the gala dinner held on the Yacht Club terrace, electronic music, digital effects and firework displays provided the backdrop for the night yacht parade. The virtuoso musical entertainment was provided by pianist Matthew Lee and his eccentric performances.

Presiding over the event was the host Paolo Vitelli, Founder and Chairman of the Group, joined by the new generation of Group managers: Azimut|Benetti Group Vice President Giovanna Vitelli, Azimut Yachts Business Unit General Manager Marco Valle, Benetti CEO Vincenzo Poerio and Benetti Megayachts Business Unit General Manager Christos Ramnialis.

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