Beneteau's First 30 Will Make You Doubletake

Working with Juan Kouyoumdjian and offshore great Michel Desjouyeaux****, Beneteau launched their latest 30-footer, and this one looks nothing like those before it.

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Beneteau First 30
The Beneteau First 30 undergoes sea trials in France in late June. The Juan Kouyoumdjian influence is noticeable throughout what appears to be a legitimate coastal racer.Courtesy Beneteau

The Beneteau First 30 has been sailing in France, post-launch for the past several days. Beneteau USA's Wayne Burdick was oversees to see it splash and wrote with much excitment about how cool it is. The boat's project manager is blogging about their ramp up, and there's a really open, Facebook exchange at www.teamfirst30, about it. Here's the first pictures, and we're told the boat will be in Annapolis (U.S. Sailboat Show) for everyone to see. Just in time for Boat of the Year 2011. We'll have much more detail in the September issue: look for it in a few weeks.