Nautic de Paris - The clubs and virtual players take centre stage

Tradition and modernity, sciences and the imagination, all had complementary styles this Saturday at the Nautic.

Raoul Dobremel / AFP / Nautic 2015 

Being honoured today were the Société des Régates du Havre (Le Havre Racing Society), north-east France and Nautisme in the Guérande, on France’s Atlantic coast, respectively elected best sports club and best Sailing School 2015 this morning on the Nautic Stage. The first finishers in the Nautic Transat race were also present today at the Porte de Versailles, as was the winner of the Virtual Sailing Ranking 2015, windsurfer Antoine Albeau, the 23-time World Slalom Champion, who came along specially to teach a number of lucky visitors some of his moves at the Spot Nautic. Also in attendance was Jean-Loup Chrétien, the first French-speaking man in space, whose main mission this Saturday was to sign a partnership agreement with Suzuki Marine and Bénéteau. Visitors to the show were delighted to say the least at all this excitement, added to which they could reenergize on all the new products available, from deck fittings, to applications and sounders… If you have yet to discover all this, then head on over to the boat show now, as the 55th edition of the Nautic is already due to close its doors tomorrow evening! 

Top Club: The Société des Régates in Le Havre and Nautisme in the Pays Blanc secured the top awards for 2015 

A jury comprising elected representatives and partners of the French Sailing Federation elected the Société des Régates du Havre, north-east France, for best sports club 2015 and Nautisme in the Pays Blanc or Guérande region, on France’s Atlantic coast, for best Sailing School 2015. The latter received their awards at the end of the traditional Top Clubs ceremony, which took place this Saturday 12 December on the Nautic Stage, for the fourth consecutive year. In total, some 72 clubs were rewarded for their investment in various domains, such as training, sports development, competition, leisure, safety, sailing enterprise and the issuing of club licences. “French sailing schools are really thriving. The best evidence of this is the fact that for the first time in the “French Sailing School” network, we exceeded the distribution of 200,000 passports this year. This progress is linked to two things: on the one hand, we’ve observed that training and discovery sessions in French sailing schools are continually developing and, on the other, the club are particularly interested by the “French Sailing School” label, so the network is increasingly bringing people together. Between 2014 and 2015, we noted a 4% increase in the number of passports distributed, which is a good result in a difficult economic context and against the substantial competition from the various marine sports”, states Jean Kerhoas, Vice-president of the French Sailing Federation in charge of the development department and member of the jury. 

The French Marine Industries Federation’s Job Training Operation 

This Saturday afternoon, on the Nautic Stage, the French Marine Industries Federation presented to visitors at the show the diversity of skills spanning the marine domain. Who better than them to discuss such a topic? Indeed, the Federation has authorised select training centres to give out diplomas in the marine field (Professional Qualification Certificates). These centres, which benefit from high quality teaching and technical infrastructure and work in collaboration with professionals around France’s entire coastline, can be identified by the Federation’s logo. All the training courses on offer are organised around five themes: 

  • Designing a boat (naval architect, engineer in naval construction, draftsman in naval construction).
  • Building a boat (marine carpenter, interior fit-out agent, painter in naval construction, laminator, metalworker – welder, boat-hand)
  • Maintaining and repairing a boat (mechanic who repairs engines, maintenance and service agent, electronics engineer – electrician, fitter – rigger).
  •  Commercial services  (charter, skipper, marketing personnel).
  • Teaching and coaching (sail instructor – sports instructor).

You’ve cracked it. There are multiple activities so everyone can find their own way up the career ladder through the marine industry. 

“Ezana TPN” winner of the Nautic Transat race 

Present at the Nautic for the seventh year in a row, Virtual Regatta launched the start of the “Nautic Transat” on Friday 4 December 2015 at 19:00 hours French time, during the show’s inauguration evening. Over 14,555 players set sail on this big sprint between Bermuda and Brest at the helm of a Maxi trimaran and in some very real weather conditions. Making the finish on Wednesday after 4 days 21 hours 53 minutes and 07 seconds at virtual sea, Bernard Humbert known as “Ezana TPN” from Guadeloupe won the event, just a little over three minutes ahead of the boat in second place. The podium was celebrated on Friday at 17:00hrs on the Nautic Stage, an event attended by a large number of the virtual player community that boasts over a million members in total. 

Two new flagships for Jeanneau 

At the heart of Hall 4, it’s impossible to overlook the immense Jeanneau stand. From the Cap Camarat 4.7 C.C, its smallest model at 4.65 metres (with a 50hp Yamaha) to the Leader 46, its 14.30-metre flagship, which comes with two 435hp Volvo IPS 600, the Vendée-based yard (Bénéteau group) boasts some twenty or so motorboats on display at the Nautic. As such, it is a perfect reflection of the thirty or so models that appear in the catalogues of its 5 major engine ranges: outboards with the Cap Camarat, Express open top with the Leaders, Sedan coupés with the NCs, Fly with the Velascos and Weekenders/Fishing boats with the Merry Fisher. As is the case every year in Paris, which hosts an unmissable boat show that represents a third of its annual sales in France, Jeanneau unveiled some fine new products this year. All eyes are on the major Leader 46, a new standard bearer of the Express range. The quintessential cruising craft that is both sporty and family orientated, the new leader boasts a sports top (opening roof), which is even more geared to the outdoors, with an optional electric bay window enabling the wheelhouse to be fully enclosed. Visitors love the understated decor and the fit-out, which is in good taste and very contemporary. Equally appealing is the superb owner’s cabin, which opens out towards the stern of the boat, in the style of the mega yachts. Evidently things have gone upmarket on the Cap Camarat 10.5 WA, another flagship of the much celebrated and highly versatile Open range. With 2 x 350hp engines boasting a peak speed of 45 knots, the biggest outboard engine ever built by Jeanneau stands tall as an alternative to shaft line transmission by offering unrivalled piloting sensations and comfort. With Merry Fisher, the new MF 795 is a fabulous replacement for the MF 755. A new mid-range product, its large glazed surfaces are stunning, as is the modular capability of its fit-out. 

A wealth of new engine products in Halls 4 and 2.2 

Decidedly on trend, we discover the fishing cruiser concept powered by an outboard engine on the new Parker 770. Recognisable by its stylish wheelhouse with inverted windows, its large cockpit and its vast stowage, this small cruiser measures less than 8 metres and is built in Poland. Another yard that builds its boats in Poland, the unmissable Quicksilver (Brunswick Group) has a vast fleet, among which is its latest Activ 755 model, which is perfect for cruising and comes in three versions: Open, Sundeck and Week-End. Meantime, the German brand Bavaria is previewing its Sport 330 at the show, which is the hardtop version of the Bavaria 330 Open launched in September. This fine 10.06-metre launch in its current design offers two cabins, as well as a large opening roof that is flexible and protects the binnacle. Finally, in Hall 2.2, visitors must not miss the fantastic Pacific Craft 30 RX. The Polish yard distributed by Yamaha has really taken the market by surprise with this 9-metre Open and her very sleek silhouette. We love her! 

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