Last Wednesday the 3rd of April 2013, the 28th annual Sugar Golf Tournament hosted by Alfy Fanjul got underway with a Welcome Cocktail at the Casa de Campo Yacht Club hosted by Benetti Yachts, represented in the Dominican Republic by IBI Yachts based in the Marina Casa de Campo.
For Benetti, represented on this occasion by Tommaso Bilotta the Azimut-Benetti Vice-President for the USA, it was a great pleasure to host this magical evening, which not only marked the opening of the Sugar Golf Tournament (one of Casa de Campo’s most important events), but also the 140th anniversary of Benetti.
Also in attendance on this special occasion was Mike Costa, President of SeaNet, Mauro Caslini President and CEO of IB Nautica, as well as of course Alfy Fanjul, who, as well as being the head of the Sugar Golf Tournament for the last 28 years is also the CEO of the Central Romana Corporation which the Casa de Campo resort is part of.
Once again the Sugar Golf Tournament brought together both Casa de Campo villa owners and residents with members of the jetset elite from across the globe, all Alfy Fanjul’s personal friends and acquaintances. The welcome cocktail, formally hosted by Don Creamer, has in recent years been hosted by local Marina Casa de Campo business IBI Yachts with Benetti yachts – always an elegant evening with champagne, cocktails and a selection of picadera, as well as this year the presence of an impressive Benetti 93 Delfino, for sale on a partial ownership basis.
“We appreciate very much what they’re doing [Benetti and IBI Yachts] for all the group here, so welcome all of you and thanks for being here.”
— Alfy Fanjul, head of the Sugar Golf Tournament
And so whilst guests enjoyed live music with Nathalie Ramirez Sanmillan, they mingled and greeted one another in an atmosphere similar to a family or even a school reunion – after all many have been playing in this legendary tournament since the beginning – and also had the opportunity to step aboard the “Azul” a Benetti 93 Delfino docked right by the Casa de Campo Yacht Club and shimmering in green and purple light.
The “Azul”, a Benetti 93 Delfino was in fact the world’s first mega yacht to be for sale on a partial ownership basis – a scheme which has thus far proven so popular that 3/4 of the ownership is in fact already sold – with one set of owners taking part in the Welcome Cocktail amongst all the participants of the tournament. This partial ownership scheme is ran by Seanet, who have a fleet of Benetti’s for sale on a partial ownership basis – which includes concierge services, comprehensive yacht and crew management, and even revenue opportunities to cover operating expenses.
A magnificent start to a very memorable event!
Please click here for an overview of the entire occasion.
The following collection of photos were taken during the Welcome Cocktail hosted by IBI Yachts at the Casa de Campo Yacht Club in the Marina Casa de Campo on Wednesday the 3rd of April:
IBI Yachts has been the representative of Benetti in the Dominican Republic for over 15 years.
The Benetti Class Range comprises of semi custom yachts in various sizes, from 93′ to 160′, followed by the Benetti fully customized yachts from 150′ and upwards.
Where: Paseo Del Mar #1, Marina Casa de Campo, Marina Casa de Campo
Open hours: Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm and Saturdays from 9am to 1pm
Tel: (809) 523-2353
IBI Yachts is part of the IB Nautica Group which also owns the IBC Shipyard and the Azimut Café.
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The Azimut-Benetti Group
Azimut-Benetti is the largest private group in the nautical sector and the largest builder of megayachts in the world.
The Azimut-Benetti Group’s portfolio comprises of a series of prestigious brands: Atlantis, Azimut Yachts, Azimut Grande, and Benetti, each addressing a clearly-demarcated section of the nautical market, and Yachtique, the division offering exclusive services to yacht owners, in addition to Fraser Yachts, specializing in brokerage and chartering.
The Azimut-Benetti Group operates in 68 countries through a sales network of 138 sites.