The second edition of the SO! Dalian yachting and luxury lifestyle event aims to build on its initial event last year in helping to grown the northern China yacht market. As part of this, Beneteau will be organising a sailing competition.

SO! Dalian has attracted a number of leading international yacht brands as core exhibitors for the 2015 event. These include Sanlorenzo, Ferretti, Beneteau, Monte Carlo Yachts, NDA Group, Prestige, Jeanneau and Peters & May.

Local Chinese companies include Shanghai Sonic Marine, Blue Whale Yachting, Sanya Yalong Bay Marina and Serenity Marina.

The new yacht race, called SO! Match Race, will include a series of races organised by Beneteau. A key aim behind this new development for the show is to promote the sailing culture in Dalian and north China.

One of the smallest boats among the Beneteau family, the First 22, is designed to combine the pleasure of sailing with performance and is ideal for novices as well as initiated sailors. The model is the fruit of developments in conjunction with the American Sailing Association (ASA) as a boat dedicated for sailing schools as well as fleet racing.

The First 22 is an evolution of the First 20, which has proven itself remarkably well with nearly 3,000 boats sailing the world’s waterways and seas.

SO! Dalian will run from June 18-21 and in addition to yachts will include a mix of luxury sector exhibitors and also sports such as beach polo and golf.