Beneteau hands over keys to Olympic boats
Francois Renault (left) hands the keys over to London 2012 sailing manager Rob Andrews
OLYMPIC BOATS: Beneteau UK handed over a fleet of 23 powerboats to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) on 16 June at a special ceremony in Weymouth.
The fleet of 23 boats, worth £3.6m, will be used to accommodate referees, journalists, organisers and VIPs - including royalty - during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The yachts supplied to LOCOG include the Antares, Swift Trawlers, Gran Turismo and Barracudas, supplied by Beneteau’s network of dealers in the UK.
“We’re delighted to be supporting the London 2012 Olympic Games by supplying a fleet of 23 quality Beneteau powerboats,” said Beneteau’s UK sales manager, Francois Renault. “We’re confident they will provide the best possible platform from which to enjoy the sailing events at this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
The boats supplied by Beneteau will be sold through Beneteau's UK dealers after the event, M. Renault told BB. Some 60 or 70% of the boats supplied to LOCOG have already been sold to clients, he added
“All the big units are already sold,” he told us. “We’ve worked on this project for two years now and so we offered these boats to clients at a special price.”
Beneteau has an agreement with LOCOG on the usage of the boats, so they’ll be sold at a special lower price to reflect that usage, rather than a higher price to reflect that journalists of the stature of Fish, James Boyd and Matt Sheahan had graced their decks...
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