Today, the champions were being honoured at the Nautic Paris Boat Show.
Indeed no fewer than six world title holders were gathered together at the Porte de Versailles this Monday, for the very great pleasure of visitors to the show, who got a chance to meet and chat with them prior to the Soirée des Champions hosted this evening by the French Sailing Federation, during which the title of Sailor of the Year 2014 will be unveiled. However, the sailing elite were not alone in attracting the attention of the general public, the very latest boats also putting on quite a show on one or multiple hulls.
A whole host of world champions at the Nautic
This morning, visitors to the Nautic got the opportunity to meet a number of world champions from the sailing and funboard domain on the French Sailing Federation stand. Billy Besson and Marie Riou, double world champions 2013 and 2014 on the mixed Nacra 17 catamaran, Charline Picon, women’s world and European RS:X windsurfing champion, Antoine Albeau, men’s world slalom champion 2014 (22nd title!), Delphine Cousin, women’s world slalom champion and Thomas Traversa, world wave champion 2014, were all in attendance and enthusiastically devoted their time to a Q&A session with the public before taking on a marathon autograph signing session. Three other members of the French team were alongside them: Jonathan Lobert (Finn), Thomas Le Breton (Finn) and Stéphane Christidis (49er).
Océanopolis launches its Fonds de Dotation de la Mer
At 16:00pm, Océanopolis Brest officially launched its Fonds de Dotation de la Mer (Appropriation of the Ocean Fund). The aim of the latter? To share knowledge about the oceans with the greatest number of people by hosting a series of aware-raising activities linked to the richness and fragility of the marine heritage. “Knowledge of the ocean and the development of technologies linked to its use and exploitation will be the key elements of the global economic development. Research and innovation must feed on a genuine community-wide culture shared by the coasts and the oceans, their history, the way they work and their biodiversity. Exploring the oceans, understanding how they work and the future changes, conveying this knowledge and sharing it with everyone are tomorrow’s stakes”, explained Jean-Louis Etienne, President of the Fonds de Dotation de la Mer.
Presentation of the “Martinique Sailing Days"
The Martinique Region, the Comité Martiniquais du Tourisme (Martinique Tourist Board) and the Ligue de Voile de Martinique (Martinique Sailing League) presented the “Martinique Sailing Days” this Monday 8 December on the Nautic Stage. On the programme, three events: the 2nd edition of the Martinique Cata Raid (Catamaran Rally), which will gather together around forty F18s and F16s from 26 to 31 January 2015; the Tour de Martinique, which will group together around thirty boats in excess of 24-foot, from 13 to 15 February 2015; then the Schœlcher Semaine Internationale Nautique (International Watersports Week), a top-class dinghy sailing event in the Caribbean, the 25th edition of which will be organised from 13 to 17 February 2015. A packed programme then on the island of flowers in 2015!
Entre Terre & Mer 2015 welcomes the Extrem Waterman
During the Nautic, the organisers of the Entre Terre & Mer agricultural and marine extravaganza, the third edition of which will take place from 2 to 5 July, announced that they will be playing host to an all-new sporting event: Extrem Waterman, the only triathlon in France created by and for festivals, which is set to bring together over 100 participants. This event will be an opportunity for the local farmers to renew their bond with sailors and together reaffirm the values of their common identity. The principle? A half-marathon on the Ile de Batz (21.1km), a maritime trail (5km) and a huge SUP Race (25km) on the Morlaix River.
The Breton Success Stories at the Nautic
Four of Brittany’s marine protagonists were in attendance this Monday morning on the Bretagne Tendances & Innovations stand (Breton Trends & Innovations -1M52) to discuss their successes and ambitions. In this way, Vianney Ancellin from the ADH Inotec yard described the successes of the Diam 24, which has been selected by the organisers of the Tour de France à la Voile to be the event’s new craft. Denis Bourbigot, CEO of IDB Marine was present to discuss the Mojito 888, a boat named Yacht of the Year 2015 by Voile Magazine. Michel Chenon, founder of Pontos, the company that perfected the ultra-fast Pontos winch and Thibault Reinhart and Julien Barnet, who developed the textile Ino-Block 3.6, also showcased their products.
Election of Sailor of the Year 2014 this evening
This evening, during the Soirée des Champions at the Edouard VII Theatre in Paris, the French Sailing Federation will award the prize for Sailor of the Year 2014. The President of the jury, Bruno Troublé, a French skipper with a wealth of international yacht racing experience and an event organiser, hosted discussions within the jury charged with deciding which of the nine nominees should win the Trophy: Antoine Albeau, the Billy Besson - Marie Riou pairing, Julien Bontemps, Delphine Cousin, François Gabart, the Bruno Jourdren - Nicolas Vicariot – Eric Fagneul trio, Loïck Peyron, Charline Picon and Thomas Traversa. The 2014 prizewinner will succeed Franck Cammas, Sailor of the Year 2012 and 2013. Verdict at around 23:00pm local time tonight. Also of note is an historic exhibition about past "Sailors of the Year" on display in the Nautic gangway.
The intricacies of coastal sailing
Sailing within sight of the coast, accessing the discreet Breton rias or the exclusive Mediterranean calanques (limestone inlets), such is the dream which carries craft kitted out with an appendage of shallow (bilge keel, catamaran) or variable draught (lifting centerboard/ keel) and it is making a sterling comeback this year on the main aisle of the Nautic. Such craft are capable of cruising offshore and anchoring right up close to the shore or pulling up on the beach between tides. In this way, the 2014 edition of the Nautic is ranking highly with the presentation of several high performance yachts equipped with a swing keel. A concept notably perfected on the highly seaworthy yachts from the Structures yard, it is repeated on the Pogo 36 and also the atypical Mojito 888 from IDB Marine, the classic Sun Odyssey 349 from the Jeanneau yards and the aesthetically pleasing RM1070 from Fora Marine. With a moveable appendage as high performance as a fixed keel, these craft can sail fast, without in anyway prohibiting access to some of the most beautiful stretches of coast. Somewhat more classic, the ballasted centreboard is the solution adopted by the Dufour 310 and the Bénéteau Océanis 35, which enables their future owners to enjoy the unique experience of beaching on the foreshore. Finally, we have the traditional aluminium, internally-ballasted centreplate sailing dinghies such as the Allures 39, the incredible Garcia 45 or the very classic Ovni from the Alubat yard, which is back in Paris. This technical solution enables them to get free of the tides and run up onto the sand with the same simplicity as a twin keel boat – Maxus 26 or RM – or a cruising catamaran. Among the multihull contingent, the Catana yard is showcasing the Bali 4.2, a catamaran with a highly innovative deck layout. Designed to mirror a single-storey loft, the cockpit of the Bali 4.2 opens right up to the surrounding stretch of water thanks to some ingenious detachable, rigid bulkheads, which protect the immense cockpit and its occupants at the first sign of a drop in temperature or bad weather. This innovative, adjustable living space teamed with a deck saloon located forward of the mast instead of on its traditional spot on the trampoline, promises a level of comfort that has been hitherto unknown on a craft of this size.
The Moody 54 DS, essentially Anglo-Saxon
The illustrious British brand has certainly covered some ground in a matter of years. Bought up by the Germans from the Hanse Yachts group, like their prestigious compatriots Bentley or Rolls Royce, Moody is now developing a range of very characteristic Deck Saloon yachts. With a single-storey cockpit and wraparound vision from the saloon, the pencil of naval architect Bill Dixon has enabled a modern, elegant outline to be offered up for this yacht, which has no cause to be jealous of the interior fit-out of rival cruising catamarans.
The CNB 76, the French Exception
The largest yacht ever to be exhibited along the main aisle of the Porte de Versailles venue, she dominates French and international production. A pertinent association of industrial expertise for the structure and the prowess of the top craftsmanship for the fit-out, the CNB 76 designed by Philippe Briand offers a semi-custom luxury craft. Boasting a deck saloon, an owner’s suite, a tender garage and a technical zone comprising a galley reserved exclusively for the crew, everything aboard has been designed to satisfy even the most demanding clientele in the utmost luxury, with a very competitive quality/price ratio on the flourishing short and long-distance cruising market.
This Monday, though the sun wasn’t shining on the Parisians, for the enthusiasts treading the boards of the Nautic 2014, the ambiance was reminiscent of summer days under full sail.