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Highlights from the 2022 Genoa International Boat Show

13 October 2022• Written by Laura Nicholls

On September 22, thousands of boat enthusiasts flocked to Genoa for the six-day annual boat show. Those who attended the show had access to 168 world premieres, 4,463 sea trials, conventions, seminars, technical workshops, conferences and presentations.

Here, we share more about the highlights that show-goers experienced during the 2022 Genoa International Boat Show.

Events and awards

Guests of the show were offered a full programme of talks and conferences throughout the six-day agenda. Topics included the growth of the yachting industry in Italy, the future of yachting, pro surfing, NFT designs and environmental protection.

On the third day of the show, a Gala Dinner to celebrate the 62nd Genoa International Boat Show was held in the dolphin hall of the Genoa Aquarium. During the event, the Design Innovation Award ceremony took place and saw nine boats being awarded for their innovation, performance and quality. The winners included the Dufour 37 by Dufour Yachts, the Inagua S by Rio Yachts, the Grand Soleil 72 Performance by Cantiere del Pardo, the Prestige M48 by Prestige Yachts, the Ferretti 860 and the SP 110 by Sanlorenzo.

New boats

With many new designs being presented during the show, some of the largest in attendance were Azimut’s Grande 26M, the 23-metre sailing yacht Grand Soleil 72, the new Navetta 75, the 35.5-metre Amer 120 and Sanlorenzo’s SP110 and SL120A. Other boats included those from Custom Line, Bluegame, Lekker Boats, Nautor Swan, Pershing, Princess, Riva and Sirena Yacht.

Sporting events

With a string of sports stars and Olympians in attendance throughout the event, the likes of Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medallists Ruggero Tita and Caterina Marianna Banti and Italian 470 mixed sailors Marco Gradoni and Alessandra Dubbini joined a round table session to discuss their time in the spotlight as industry athletes.

Hundreds of boats registered and set sail from Genoa’s marinas for the Iren Millevele. After nearly two hours of racing, the first to cross the finish line was Adelio Frixione's X35 Imxtinente. In the virtual world, the final of the virtual sailing tournament, E-Sailing Championship, also took place.

Future plans

After recording at least 103,812 visitors to the 2022 show and over 10% more visitors than 2021, the Genoa International Boat Show and organisers Confindustria Nautica (the Italian Marine Industry Association) and I Saloni Nautici confirmed a 2023 edition of the event. Scheduled to take place from September 21 to 26 next year, the show is set to expand and host 200 more berths with a brand new exhibition space: Genoa’s Levante Waterfront redevelopment project. The area has been conceived by renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano and will give the show a new layout.

To find out more about Genoa International Boat Show, visit the show’s website directly here.

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