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2018 July August Marina World

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COVER STORY Marina Porto Antico (left) and Marina Molo Vecchio, two of Genoa’s key marinas. Photo: Merlo Cluster group boosts Genoa’s yachting profile The maritime city of Genoa began a specific journey into the yachting sector many years ago. This move has now been further accelerated by the development of the ‘Genoa for Yachting’ cluster group and the efforts of Italian shipyard Amico & Co. Donatella Zucca reports In November 2017, the Genoa for Yachting cluster was formed by a group of 27 professional boating companies to add a new dimension to the historic naval and seafaring traditions of the Ligurian capital. The aim of the group – to establish yachting as a strategic part of the city’s economy – is influenced by its popularity with nautical tourists and its superyacht potential. For around eight months a year, the city hosts around 290,000 boating visitors and an average of 1,200 crew members. The city has several important shipyards and three key marinas, two of which have berthing for yachts over 100m (328ft) in length. Some background to Genoa’s yachting provenance is important, and the best overview comes with the Duca degli Abruzzi Porticciolo. This is the oldest tourist port in Italy and is host to established clubs like the Genoese Rowing Club (1890), Elpis Genoese Canottieri (1902), Italian Naval League Genoa Centre (1900), Unione Dilettanti Pesca (1928) and the Italian Yacht Club (1879) – the oldest sailing club in the Mediterranean. Genoa for Yachting With 680 direct employees, over 1,000 suppliers, 360,000m² (430,556yd²) of port area, a turnover of about €100 million and a supply chain value of €330 million, the companies of newly founded Genoa for Yachting have a notable and ever increasing impact on the city. This is further enhanced by the local presence and role of the Italian Naval Register RINA, founded in Genoa and actively involved in classification, certification, inspection and testing services, and the Genoa International Boat Show. One of the top boat shows in Europe until the economic downturn lashed out at Italy’s yachting market, the Genoa show continues as a greatly reduced but nonetheless important showcase for the small and medium sized companies that are crucial to the Italian leisure marine sector. Despite the success of Fiera Milano’s Versilia Yachting Rendez Vous in Viareggio, the Genoa Boat Show remains a true national icon. Leading the Genoa promotion The Genoese and Mediterranean boating scene also owes much to Amico & Co, a family-run refit and service yard that competes well with leading firms on the French and Spanish coasts. Founded 25 years Amico’s covered air-conditioned dock is a very recent investment. - July/August 2018 13

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