Yachting Annual Conference : between tradition and innovation !


The Conference was essentially coloured by the second annual conference of Boating and Yachting, which gathered together professionals and experts from both domains at the Porte de Versailles in Paris.

The show also featured a whole variety of other important events, such as the prize-giving for the Boat of the Year by Voile Mag and Moteur Boat, as well as the presentation of the Lorient – Les Bermudes – Lorient, a race created back in 1979 that inspired today’s passion for offshore racing, and also and above all, heralded its grand comeback in 2019.


We give you the low-down on the unmissable action from today’s show.

Annual conference of Boating and Yachting

The second annual conference of Boating and Yachting took place throughout today, Wednesday, at the Paris Nautic, in the presence of Yves Lyon-Caen, President of the Boating and Yachting Confederation, Vincent Bouvier, General Secretary of the Sea, as well as a host of experts.
Together they exchanged ideas and debated a range of key topics, including the regional strategies for boating, the latest practices and the new forms of governance as well as the competitiveness of the marine network. So, what are the hot topics to remember?

Napoleon’s French barge, Canot Impérial, returns to Brest in 2018

This Wednesday, on the French Navy stand, Vice-Admiral of the squadron Emmanuel De Oliveira, Maritime Prefect and Commander for the Atlantic zone and François Cuillandre, Mayor of Brest and President of the Brest metropolis, in the presence of the General Commissioner Vincent Campredon, Director of France’s National Navy Museum, discussed the return to Brest in 2018 of Napoleon 1st’s French barge, the Canot Impérial. Built in Antwerp in 21 days, for Napoleon, who’d shared his intention to visit the Bouches de l’Escaut, a department of the First French Empire in today’s Netherlands, named after the mouth of the River Scheldt, and Antwerp’s defence works, the latter boat was used just the once, solely for this occasion. It was then transported to Brest before being moved to the Palais de Chaillot, in Paris, in 1943, and then entirely restored in 2002-2003 with the support of the Napoleon foundation.

Libertykite, the first kite wing designed to power pleasure boats

Designed by Beyond the Sea by Libertykite, the first kite wing able to be sent, recovered and operated from the deck and designed to propel 4 to 18-metre pleasure boats (in upward of ten knots of breeze) was presented at the Nautic by innovator and sailor Yves Parlier, this Wednesday. The fruit of several years of research, this ecological and economical approach is a pioneering innovation and an unquestionable safety element aboard as it enables the skipper to make it back into port in the event that the engine fails or the boat dismasts. It also provides dragnet fishermen with the opportunity to discover a new way of heading out to sea, without using any polluting energy.

Yvan Bourgnon tells visitors of his Arctic challenge

This afternoon, on the Nautic Stage, Yvan Bourgnon told visitors of his journey along the North-West passage singlehanded aboard a sports catamaran, with no cockpit and no assistance. The sailor described the 70 days it took him to cover the 7,500 kilometres between Nomé, in Alaska, to Nukk, in Greenland, through the Arctic ice. “There’s no bigger challenge I could ever set myself. I was constantly navigating in a water temperature of 0 to 3 degrees. The slightest error would have meant an immediate sanction. Death was just around the corner”, he told a rapt audience.

Prize-giving for Boat of the Year by Moteur Boat and Voile Mag

Towards the end of the day, on the Nautic Stage once again, the Boats of the Year 2018 were revealed after being put to the vote among the readers of Moteur Boat and Voile Mag. The big winners are Quicksilver Activ 605 Open in the motor boat category and the Ofcet 32 among the yachts. The Prize for Elegance was awarded to Parker 690BR, the Prize of Merit went to the Ocqueteau Ostrea 600, whilst the Special Jury Prize was jointly awarded to the Jeanneau Leader 33 and the Capelli Tempest 40.

Lorient – Les Bermudes – Lorient, the comeback!

Forty years on from the first edition, the legendary Lorient – Les Bermudes – Lorient will be making its grand comeback in 2019. Indeed, this race will set sail on 21 April in the Courreaux de Groix off Brittany. The event, which will now be raced in crewed configuration as opposed to the double-handed format of the previous two editions in 1979 and 1983, will gather together the Ultimes as well as the monohulls and multihulls in excess of 50 feet. The course: 5,750 miles in a looped circuit from Brittany and back via a mark to the East of the Bermudan archipelago.

You learn something new every day at the Nautic

The Nautic is a massive showcase for equipment and technologies, from the solar panel to deck hardware, to electronics and sails. The Nautic Innovation Awards, organised for the first time in 2017, have selected a range of stellar products and services, the prize winners for which will be unveiled during Friday’s prize-giving.

Artificial intelligence and the connected boat

Among the wealth of equipment manufacturers, one unmissable trend this winter in Paris is artificial intelligence and connectivity. The boat is becoming a connected object in her own right, capable of sending out alerts and managing her upkeep, her safety, her navigation and even her manoeuvres all on her lonesome.

The Allures yard is exhibiting a new ultra-connected 45.9 using systems put in place by Kara Technology and her interactive touch table. Sailsense Analytics is showcasing an intelligent interface capable of detecting any abnormal behaviour from the crew, dealing with wear on the rig and the on-board systems, as well as storing all the navigation data by connecting to the boat’s NMEA network. Among the innovations nominated for the Nautic Innovation Awards, we must mention the Zodiac Connected Boat, a very simple box enabling you to locate and keep an eye on your boat of course, but also to turn on a pump or piece of electrical equipment remotely, store information about your trips out on the water and your performances. Another nominee is online warp surveillance system Largowind, which detects any anomaly due to poor weather or vandalism. At a time where an increasing number of boats are shared between individuals, these technologies are becoming indispensable!

A calm force

Another stand-out piece of kit noted by the jury for the Nautic Innovation Awards, is the E-Wincher, which provides the sailor with increased strength and speed at the winches. Hoisting someone to the top of the mast and sheeting in a jib at speed become mere formalities, even without electric winches. With the increasingly large boats on the market, this piece of kit is an absolute must for those less inclined to embark or feed more muscly crews!

The transfer of technology

In terms of sails, competition has always been a driver of innovation. This winter, the famous North Sails sail loft is showcasing in Paris a direct transfer of technology from racing to cruising with the 3DI sail. Designed for the general public, these sails use the same 3D moulds as racing sails, but with polyester thread rather than exotic fibres. The price is slightly higher than the average sail, but the longevity and stability of form are unrivalled. Is this the end for sewing machines?

With today’s sad demise of one of France’s legendary singer-songwriters, the Nautic also salutes this lover of the sea and passionate yachtie, who imported into France one of the first Bertrams in 1969, a small 8.70m racing boat powered by two fiery Mercruisers that are very rock&roll…

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Norberto Moreau is co-founder of the Allied Management Ltd Consulting Group (Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Spain). The group and his associates have activities in Yachting, Properties, Events and Online Services.
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