In a strongly worded press release dated 25 March, UCINA announced that 10 Italian companies have renounced their membership of the association. The 10 companies that “do not share the philosophy of UCINA or feel represented” are: Apreamare, Arcadia Yachts, Azimut-Benetti, Baia, CRN, Ferretti Group, Maltese Spa., Marina di Varazze, Mase Generators and Salpa.
 
The press release went on to express UCINA’s dissatisfaction with the “incomprehensible motives or personal protagonism” that led to the companies withdrawing their membership, stating that the decision goes against the association’s democratic principles and procedures.
 
The decision of the 10 dissenting brands—which does not include Baglietto, despite Beniamino Gavio having also declared dissatisfaction with UCINA’s strategies—appears to follow indications that Carla Demaria, CEO of Monte Carlo Yachts, is the overwhelming favourite for the post of UCINA president.



The press release dismissed as irrelevant observations that Monte Carlo Yachts, an Italian shipyard, is owned by the French Beneteau Group. Following the announcement, Lamberto Tacoli of CRN withdrew his candidature for the presidency.
 
UCINA confirmed that the Genoa Boat Show will go ahead as planned, but the trials and tribulations of the association that represents 340 Italian companies in the marine sector are certain to continue.

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