Initiation sessions, tasters, demonstrations… this Thursday, visitors to the Nautic were treated to a number of highlights, as well as having the chance to follow course set out by the “Catamarans & Tri Friendly” with the aim of beginning to arrange their upcoming holidays or finding inspiration for a world cruise with their family.
The good news is that this wonderful programme is set to last and even intensify over the coming days. Indeed, between now and Sunday, there are a number of surprises left in store for those heading over to the Porte de Versailles venue.
Catamarans & Tri Friendly at the Nautic
This year, the Nautic and Multicoques Mag are joining forces and have dreamed up an innovative challenge for visitors to the show who are fans of multihulls – catamarans and/or trimarans – in the form of a signposted course taking them through the show’s different halls called “Catamaran & Tri Friendly”. Charter a boat, complete some multihull sail training, explore the charter-management solutions, finance your purchase, choose or even equip your multihull: all the key information you require to pull off such a project can be found at the Porte de Versailles. So how is this possible? Well, the operation comprises no fewer than 60 partners. You too can discover this exclusive course through until Sunday, which will notably enable you to sample the delights of the new Bali 4.2 from Catana, as well as the Lagoon 450 and the Fountaine Pajot Helia 44, two similar sized and solid references from this market segment.
Tour du Finistère: the 2015 edition unveiled
At 16:30pm this afternoon, the 30th edition of the Tour du Finistère à la Voile was showcased at the Nautic Café. This particular edition will take place from 2 to 8 August 2015 and will race from Roscoff to Port-la-Forêt via L’Aber Wrac’h, L’Aber Ildut-Lanildut, Douarnenez and Concarneau. It’s between these latter two towns that the traditional overnight race will be contested. Of note, is a youth ranking (50% of the crew under 26 years of age aboard) as well as a women’s ranking (50% female crew aboard), the points for which will be tallied up at the end of the event. Moreover, entry fees will be refunded for all the boats in the Armagnac series. Finally, as ever, free concerts and meals will be on the programme every weekday night. You don’t change a winning recipe after all!
The EDHEC Cruising Race presents its 47th edition
Late today, the organisers of the Course Croisière EDHEC lifted the veil on the 47th edition of the race. And so we must set a date for La Rochelle from 24 April to 2 May 2015. No fewer than 3,000 participants are expected to compete in what will be an intense week of competition on the sea, on the shore or on the sand. In total, over 160 schools and 22 nationalities will be represented throughout the week. Combining competition and social interaction, a race village spanning over 12,000m² will be able to accommodate participants, visitors and curious passers-by with its wealth of entertainment and its refreshment stall. Every evening, the Marquee will open its doors for its now legendary ‘soirées’.
L’Express – Nautic Maritime Book Prize
As is the case every year, L’Express and the Nautic select and reward the latest in a crop of fine maritime books. In an age where all things digital satisfy our every need in terms of push-button information, the fine, well-printed book, with its rare iconography and beautiful engraving, remains a safe bet, whether you want to offer it as a gift or pass it down. Voyages, history and heritage, fine arts and savoir-faire, sport and adventure... Any theme is possible, provided that the genre is replenished, that the work surprises or lures the reader. This year, the jury is honoured to welcome as its president, Yann Quéffelec, who will award the Prize to the elected author on the Nautic Stage tomorrow at 16:00pm.
The 2014 selection is representative of the Prize’s diversity: - “Vu en mer” (Viewed at sea) by Gilles Martin-Raget, Chêne publications – “A la recherche de l’Espérance” (In Search of Hope) by Bertrand Daugeron, Ars Apodemica publications – “Défis Océaniques” (Oceanic Challenges) by Hervé Guilbaud, Gallimard publications - “Grand Sud” (Deep South) by Philippe Poupon and Géraldine Danon - “Voile Spectaculaire” (Spectacular Sailing) by Fabrice Amedeo, Glénat publications - “La Morue, voyages et usages” (The Cod, travels and uses) by Loïc Josse, Glénat publications - “Explorateurs et chasseurs d’épices” (Explorers and spice hunters) by Olivier and Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, Place des Victoires publications - “Voyage autour du Pôle à bord de Tara” (Voyage around the Pole aboard Tara) by Vincent Hilaire, Hachette publications
The marine media
The maritime and specialist press, which is out in force at the Nautic, is a primary partner to the marine industry. It also plays a major role as a provider of training, information and inspiration by sharing precious information about the latest models, the goers in terms of charters, the latest equipment, ‘the’ spots to sail, and the reporting of a wealth of information about the marine industry, its vitality or its difficulties. There certainly isn’t a shortage of specialist monthly magazines either (Multicoques Magazine, Mer et Bateaux, Pneumag, Semi-rigides Magazine, Youboat, etc.), however the sector is dominated by two major protagonists: the Ouest France press group and the Editions Larivière.
Ouest France, thanks to its regional editions, covers 2/3 of the French coast thus catering for the natural maritime domain. Within this package are media as varied as Voiles et Voiliers (Leader), which discusses short and long-distance cruising, Le Chasse-marée, which is geared around maritime heritage and Le Marin, which deals with the economics of the sea, the Rennes-based group covers all the marine domains from watersports, to industry, to leisure, to history. For Jean-Paul Boucher, deputy manager in charge of synergies and the development of the marine cluster, “by grouping together all our marine entities in Rennes, we’re highlighting our desire to play an even greater role in all the different aspects relating to the economics of the sea. We want to make our presence felt on every front”. This marine cluster is becoming a key protagonist of the sector and has just grouped together in Nantes nearly 1,600 companies from the marine sector around the French government in the presence of its Prime Minister.
Régime Ermel, Director of Public Relations at Ouest-France: “The Ouest-France newspaper could not be absent from the Nautic 2015. The reason for this is that nearly 103 businesses from the west of France are in Paris for the occasion. We’ve launched several important events including the 37th edition of Spi Ouest-France Intermarché, due to take place from 2 to 6 April 2015 and the IUT race jactiv.ouest-France.fr, which will run from 17 to 19 April 2015. Today, we’ve organised a broadcast with Pierre Maille, President of Finistère’s Department Council. Each day, something is going on in the Ouest-France space and we’re doing our best to ensure that continues”.
A press group devoted to the niche markets, the Éditions Larivière are based in the Parisian region of Clichy and focus on some of the finest marine press magazines: Moteur Boat – leader of its market – Neptune Yachting, Voile Magazine, L'Argus du Bateau and Pêche en mer. Five monthlies covering virtually the entire marine sector, whose economy relies on having a plethora of writers with their ears on the ground. Highly practical, the copies drafted by practicing journalists really have their finger on the pulse with regards the concerns of its readers. The audio-visual media are also present, including BFM Business, which has been following the latest news from the Nautic for a long while. This year, we salute the launch of a new weekly nautical broadcast on Radio Classique, which is aired every Saturday and Sunday at 10:58am, 12:58pm and 17:58pm. A most welcome regular meeting for all enthusiasts who feel a sense of nostalgia for the historical maritime columns that have now been lost.