Beneteau Oceanis 51.1 wins Yacht of the Year in Italy!

Let the awards – and the champagne – flow

Flagstaff Marine is delighted to announce that the New Beneteau Oceanis 51.1 was awarded ‘Yacht of the Year’ in Italy last month.

Once again, Beneteau has cemented their place as the world’s No. 1 boat builder.

With the champagne flowing at Flagstaff Marine, Flagstaff’s Graham Raspass says “The award is recognition of the achievement of the design and production teams at Beneteau in collaboration with naval architects Berret Racoupeau Yacht Design and designers Nauta Design.

With five other boats nominated, the competition was fierce but the jury of the Vela et Motore magazine voted the Oceanis 51.1 to be the best of the best. To the entire team we say congratulations – there is nothing quite like the excitement of winning a major international award.”

The ‘Barca Dell’Anno’ prize, was awarded to Beneteau at the gala night at the Genoa boat show in Italy, on Saturday 27 September 2017.

A very clever collaboration

The Oceanis 51.1 is the result of a stunning and clever collaboration between Berret Racoupeau, Nauta Design and Beneteau.

It’s no secret that with the entire first 12 months production pre-sold before the official launch, the Oceanis 51.1 is on track to be one of Beneteau’s best-selling yachts, and with the 51.1, Beneteau designers have honoured many much-loved Oceanis design features while setting new trends with a revolutionary new hull shape and sail plan.

Flagstaff’s Graham Raspass says, “The new Oceanis 51.1 is the first of the seventh generation of Oceanis yachts and marks the 30th anniversary of the line. The 51.1 is the first boat from Beneteau’s gifted new head of design and production, Gianguido Girrotti, who came on board with the intent and backing of Beneteau to make sure Beneteau remains the number one brand in the world.

There are three models available in the new 51.1; Smart-charter, Comfort-cruiser, and Performance-FIRST line. We knew from the outset the demand for this boat would be high and have already sold our first two boats into the Sydney market.”

Custom-Built Perfection

The customisation options on the 51.1 are endless. And because Beneteau are constantly pushing the boundaries to achieve sailing perfection, they have taken the idea of a ‘custom made’ yacht and put it within reach, literally.

With over 700 different configurations, the Smart, Comfort and Performance models can be built entirely around your sailing and comfort needs.

Quality you expect from the world’s best

Beneteau continues to set the industry benchmark for quality and innovation. From architecture through to design, technology, process, production, materials, marketing, services and finances – not a single area escapes rigorous and meticulous attention to detail and quality assurance testing.

Beneteau sailboats are also the most reliable and elegant production yachts on the water today. Beneteau integrate technology used on race winning boats across their entire range of yachts including the 51.1, for everyday sailors. Sail a Beneteau and you’ll sail a high performing, award winning, robust boat made to sail any and every sea.

More awards on the horizon …

Flagstaff are confident this is the first of many awards in the awards season. Sublime and impressive, the Oceanis 51.1 has also been nominated for ‘Best Yacht of the Year’ in the ‘Family Cruiser’ Category (European Yacht of the Year).

Your very own Beneteau 51.1

If you’d like to get your hands on the 51.1, European Yacht of the Year nominee … give Graham or Micah a call at Flagstaff Marine and let them customise a 51.1 that is the perfect boat for you.

Please also keep an eye on our luxury boat awards and reviews.