Small Stuff Florida and the South - May 2007

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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. www.beneteauusa.com

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.