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Small Stuff Florida and the South - May 2007

Beneteau announces the arrival of the 40

Following the launch of the 49 and 46 last fall, Beneteau has introduced the all-new Beneteau 40, created by the collaboration of the naval architects Berret/Racoupeau with the design firm of Nauta Yachts.

The boat features a sweeping deck line and large twin-wheel cockpit, with a spacious and luminous interior accented with Moabi hardwoods.

The 40 debuted in the United States at Strictly Sail Philadelphia in January.

US Sailing, Ribcraft announce sponsorship

US Sailing and Ribcraft, a manufacturer of professional-grade rigid inflatable boats, announced a new partnership that names Ribcraft an Official Sponsor of US Sailing and the U.S. Sailing Team, and Official Coach Boat of US Sailing.

The three-year agreement runs through 2009 and includes the development of a 15-foot US Sailing Ribcraft RIB that comes equipped with a 40-hp engine, configured to meet the requirements of sailing organizations and their on-the-water activities.

In addition, Ribcraft will provide the US Sailing Team with professional-grade RIBs for use in training and competition at home and abroad. Ribcraft will also provide financial support.