Legendary Racing Yacht Makes Big Comeback : With Four New Firsts!
BENETEAU went on to renew its legendary First line
Built to plans by architect Sam Manuard, the First 14, First 18, First 24 et First 27 are original Seascape designs and mark the boatyard’s return to the competitive sailing segment. The passionate ‘dream team’ – a wonderful combination of the two boatyards’ cultures – in charge of developing the new First line will be taking the new sailing yachts on a world tour of the autumn boat shows.
BENETEAU Embraces Start-up-Style Competitive Sailing
Luc Joëssel, who is also the Figaro Beneteau 3 leader, alongside Gianguido Girotti and Luca Brancaleon (BENETEAU’s general managers), Kristian Hajnsek and Andraz Mihelin (Seascape’s co-founders and managers), not to mention François Coutant (who has facilitated the development of the Slovenian brand ), make up a collaborative team in tune with the demands of a new generation of sailors who aspire to enjoying themselves, without the tiresome drawbacks of learning complicated techniques. The men behind the success of Seascape are still very much involved in the First’s crew and intend to apply their core values – innovation, responsiveness, sincerity and proximity – to create a new approach to competitive sailing at BENETEAU.
With a broad-beam planing hull, the four latest First models promise lots of speed and fun! Affordable and safe to sail, the aim of these small sailing yachts is to bring sensations worthy of a racing yacht within everyone’s reach. Everything on board has been designed to really simplify manoeuvres for out-and-out recreational sailing. Easily affordable, these “sea spiders” have revived the unadulterated competitive spirit of the first First sailing yachts, while recalling the Wizz, also built by BENETEAU in the early 80s. Although the sensations and pleasure you get from the First 14, 18, 24 and 27 are similar, there have been some very big strides forward in technology.
Behind the simple clean lines of these wonderful sailing yachts, is a high-tech spirit, also present on the new Figaro Beneteau 3. The four new First sailing yachts have a carbon mast, a very stable hull, and a wide cockpit. They also have the best sail area-to-weight ratio on the market. In other words, they are the lightest and fastest sailing yachts in their category!
All the Fun of Dinghy Sailing
Designed like a skiff, the First 14 places the emphasis on the sheer pleasure of surfing, for athletic outings solo, two-handed, or with children or teenagers. With its feather weight (67 kg), this dinghy can be carried on the roof of a car or towed on a small trailer. The boat can be rigged to suit crew numbers and ability, so that everyone aged between 7 and 90 can enjoy the fun and thrills!
Boasting berths, a small galley and chemical toilets, the First 18, 24 and 27 combine the strengths of a sport boat with those of a dayboat. They are highly versatile, with plenty to please seasoned racers. Novices in search of surfing sensations to share with friends or family will also enjoy the pleasure of day trips or adventure raids. As they can be towed, they can be masted and ready to sail within one hour. Their lifting keel makes them easy to launch from a slipway and they can also be beached.