Perini Navi Group appoints Dirk Johnson to promote Picchiotti

Dirk Johnson has joined the team at Perini Navi USA to promote its Picchiotti brand of motor yachts and will be based in the new Perini Navi USA offices, which have recently moved to 2 Marina Plaza, Goat Island, Newport, RI- the capital city of US sailing.

Over the years Dirk Johnson has acquired a vast amount of experience in the maritime world; serving as a deck officer aboard tankers, freighters and tugboats in the US Merchant Marine (he held a 1600 ton Captain License) and established a successful career as a yacht broker with Bartram and Brakenhoff, Little Harbor Yacht Brokers, Churchill Yacht Partners and Merle Wood & Associates.

Dirk has sailed around the world and has competed as navigator in many important international regattas such as the Rolex Fastnet Race, the Sidney Hobart Race and the Rolex Transatlantic Race.

In 2002 he won the St David Light trophy in the Newport-Bermuda Race.  He has often crewed as navigator aboard Perini Navi yachts such as Parsifal III, Andromeda la Dea, Antara and Freedom during the Perini Navi Cup and the St. Barth’s and the Newport Bucket Regattas.

Perini Navi Group is one of the world’s leading designers and builders of large sailing yachts with a fleet of 54 yachts on the water, 52 sailing yachts and two motor yachts-.

In 2007 the Group also began to build motor yachts with the brand name Picchiotti and the series name Vitruvius.

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