Historic, technological, electric, the iconic boats of the Nautic


The International Paris Boat Show has always been the place to be for the most extraordinary boats, those that have really made an impression at first glance, over the past year or over the course of history.

From the racing chargers still smoking from their latest circumnavigation of the globe to the unique prototypes, the beautiful machines have always inspired wonder among the visitors to the Porte de Versailles.


Nautic Innovation Awards

Organised for the first time this year, yesterday evening saw the Nautic Innovations Awards reward the latest innovations in the boating world according to three criteria: innovation, the impact on the market and the quality of the business model. And the winners are:

Service Category: Ex Aequo

-Le Cargo, a marine equipment marketplace launched by Gérard d’Aboville.
-Bénéteau Boat Club, a simple subscription scheme enabling one to pilot a Bénéteau anywhere in Europe.

Product Category:

SEAir, the first foiling application on a boat for all audiences

Special Start-Up Prize:

Inflated wing sails on a telescopic mast – Next Technologie

Nautic Street Fishing : victory of the duo Soodts – Facon

This Saturday, for the second consecutive year, the Nautic organised the Nautic Street Fishing, a ‘no kill’ urban fishing competition with lures on the quaysides of Paris. The event, which ran from 09:00am to 16:00pm, gathered together no fewer than 88 competitors (44 pairs) aged 14 to 65 years of age, including a number of grand champions such as a Japanese angler of international renown thanks to his performances in freshwater competitions, Ryusuke Hayashi, who just so happens to be a black bass specialist. In total, a good twenty or so fish were caught, including a 57cm chub, a 52cm pike, a 42cm pikeperch and a 32cm perch.


Category « Scratch » (every duo)

Big fishes and all fishes : 1. Christophe Soodts et Sébastien Facon, 1120 points ;
All fishes : 2. Francis Peutet et Bastien Beltrami, 1030 points ; 3. Gaëtan Chaudagne et Pascal Fabre, 1020 points.

Categoriy « Junior » (All the duo below 33 years old)

-Classement “all fishes”: 1. Hippolyte Tixeront et Jean Scicluna, 445 points ; 2. Ferdinand Miessener et Eliot Schnek, 210 points.

Top Club: the SR Brest and the CRN de Granville secured victory for 2017

A jury comprising representatives and partners of the French Sailing Federation voted the Société des Régates de Brest the best competition club of 2017 and the Centre Régional Nautique de Granville top Sailing School of 2017. The latter establishments were crowned following the traditional Top Clubs ceremony, which took place this Saturday 9 December on the Nautic Stage, for the sixth consecutive year. In total, some 68 prizes were awarded to 53 clubs to reward them for their efforts in a variety of domains, from apprenticeship to sporting development, competition, recreation, safety, the sailing undertaken and the issuing of club permits.

Election of the Electric Boats of the Year for 2017

This afternoon on the Nautic Stage, the French Electric Boat Association (AFBE) awarded a prize for ‘Electric Boat of the Year’ for the first time. From aesthetics to energy efficiency, technology, performance, the standard of equipment, pricing and the recreational aspect… a host of different criteria was taken into account by hundreds of online voters and a jury made of up of celebrities from the boating world, journalists and members of the AFBE and the French Federation of Nautical Industries. Ultimately, six prizes were awarded :

Concept Category: 1st Prize: Net-Zen by Naviwatt
Beach Craft Category : 1st Prize: Ceclo Open Boat by REV Inside / 2nd Prize: Gliss Speed GSX by Aquaelo Boats Category : 1st Prize: Lagoon 55 by Alize Electronic / 2nd Prize: Sensas by Ruban Bleu
All categories : 1st Prize: Boathome

Prize-giving for the Mini Transat – La Boulangère

The prize-giving for the Mini Transat – La Boulangère took place this Saturday afternoon on the Nautic Stage, gathering together the 84 competitors in the event, including Ian Lipinski, winner in the prototype category and Erwan Le Draoulec in the production boat category. It’s worth noting that, to date, the former is the only sailor to have won the race in both the Production boat and the Prototype categories, and that the second is the youngest skipper in the history of the competition (20 years of age) to secure victory.

The Hermione, from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean

Following on from her epic journey to the Americas in 2016, the Hermione is now preparing to set a course for the Mediterranean. Indeed, on 30 January 2018, the Frigate of Liberty will cast off from her port of registry in Rochefort for a 4.5-month voyage with some 350 young ‘topmen’ aboard, around a hundred of whom have been rallied together by the International Organisation of La Francophonie, partner to the Hermione-La Fayette Association. The programme was unveiled this afternoon on the Nautic Stage: La Rochelle (1 to 20 February), Tangiers (9 to 13 March), Barcelona (24 March), Sète (27 March to 2 April), Toulon (5 to 9 April), La Ciotat (10 April), Marseille (12 to 16 April), Port-Vendres (20 to 22 April), Bastia (27 to 29 April), Portimao (9 to 10 May), Pasaia (18 to 20 May) and Bordeaux (10 to 13 June).

The news for exhibitors:

A wealth of other remarkable craft is also being exhibited at the show of course, as detailed below:

This year, two icons of offshore racing are being exhibited: Pen Duick III, the winning machine skippered by French yachting legend Eric Tabarly and his crew of frenchies (Kersauson, Petitpas, Vanek, English, Guégan, Tonnerre, Gilles and many more besides…), which made a clean sweep of the prizes from 1967 to 1972 from right under the noses of the international yachting elite. Indeed, from the Morgan Cup to the Gotland Runt, the Channel Race, the Fastnet, the Sydney-Hobart, Cape-Rio, the Middle Sea Race and the Miami-Nassau, all the RORC and SORC races, no boat has amassed such a stellar list of wins in the history of yachting! Of far too noble a birth to rest on her laurels, Pen Duick III resumed service in 1977 in the Whitbread, then again in the Route du Rhum and finally in the Vendée Globe in 1989 with Jean-François Coste. A monument to French yachting, she can be visited in Hall 1!

At the opposite end of this historic spectrum, Team France’s America’s Cup Class is on display on the show’s forecourt. Helmed by another French yachting legend, Franck Cammas and his team of ‘commandos’, this machine represents the pinnacle of modern technology, capable of posting speeds of over 80km/hr with her fixed wing or three times the wind speed. Two victories in Bermuda, against Artemis Racing and Land Rover BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing), validated the performance of this speed demon, which was designed by France’s top designers in record time. Last to take up the Cup gauntlet and with a budget a third of the size of their rivals, the French took the circuit by surprise by very quickly proving that they were contenders.

The EVO 43 has to be the most spectacular boat in Hall 4, thanks to a design penned by Studio Tecnico Revellini. The overall design is very sleek, in line with the current trend, but once she’s at anchor, the entire aft section of the boat can fold apart at the touch of your iPhone. In this latter mode, the extensive saloon is worthy of a superyacht, without the constraints of a big boat. A very fine example of Naples’ craftsmanship and a showcase for Italy’s unrivalled know-how.

Spanning nearly 20 metres in length, the CNB 66 is the star of the aisles in Hall 1. The hull and the structure are production built, whilst down below, the upholstery and woodwork are made to measure. It’s the perfect example of semi-custom and clearly it’s a winning formula!

The fastest boat at the Nautic is undoubtedly the Navikart, capable of speeds of us 210km/hr. Drag races have become somewhat rarer on France’s rivers these days, but they remain an exceptional field of experimentation for motorists and engineers alike! If refined aesthetics and a solid resale value ‘float your boat’, then last night’s vintage boat auction was an absolute must. Not surprisingly, bidding for the very fine Chris Craft Swing with her rounded stern and her gleaming chromework was very quick out of the blocks as a safe bet on the collectors’ runabout market; the latter evidently hot on the heels of its automotive counterpart!

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