(AGI) Milan, Sept 1 - Twenty-five Italian yachting companieshave joined up in an association, Nautica Italiana. TheAssociation was presented at the Spazio Panorama in Piazza GaeAulenti, Milan. It is an independent association affiliated tothe Altagamma Foundation and it aims to unite the sector'sexcellence in order to hone development strategies to achievesystematic growth at both national and international level. Themain objectives of Nautica Italiana's programme are: to boostexports by clearly asserting the sector's credibility andreliability; implement a project aimed at facilitating membercompanies' presence in pertinent international events; developa system to monitor the sector's performance. The Association'sfounding members elected the seven members of the executiveboard and designated Lamberto Tacoli as president. "Eleven ofthe Nautica Italiana brands have chosen to become members ofthe Altagamma Foundation, and this honours us because theItalian yachting sector represents unmatched excellence on theglobal scene. The decision to affiliate Nautica Italiana toAltagamma is also an innovative step that strengthens thepotential for collaboration among our single sectors in orderto support the 'hands-on' culture that our Country so badlyneeds," said Andrea Illy, the president of the AltagammaFoundation during the presentation. Mr Tacoli, the president ofNautica Italiana, explained: "Made in Italy brands have ahistory rooted in a pervasive cuture of beauty, uniqueness andharmony, combined with the ingeniousness and vision that haveenabled Italy to engender innovation in all arts and industriesover the centuries." He added: "Part of the track record ofexcellence and innovation of Made in Italy brands is written ona daily basis by yachting companies which now find in NauticaItaliana, their recently established association, an importantgrowth opportunity and the possibility of reconquering theinternational ranking they deserve." (AGI).