Paris Boat Show – Off to a great start!

Last Update: December 16th, 2018

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The 58th Nautic – International Paris Boat Show opened its doors on Saturday to passionate crowds ready to immerse themselves in a universe where dreams are made and plans are hatched.

Presentations, inaugurations, press conferences: this first day proved to be particularly packed in terms of competition, historic gatherings, adventures and industry. The Porte de Versailles is obviously the place to be, where yachts and motors boats naturally take centre stage.


Propelled along by the wind, electricity, fuel, hydrogen or the degradation of plastic…, there really is something to suit all tastes and all budgets in order to make the most of the unique areas of freedom open to those who navigate the seas, the lakes and the rivers.

First day of the Nautic 2018

Presentation of the Transat Jacques Vabre 2019

The 14th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre will set sail on 27 October 2019, according to the announcement from the organisers of the famous Coffee Route race on the Nautic Stage late morning today. Taking to the stage were skippers Yann Eliès, Maxime Sorel and Antoine Carpentier, reigning champions in their respective categories, with Sébastien Tasserie, Deputy Mayor of Le Havre, Head of Sport, Youth and Boating, and secretary of the Transat Jacques Vabre Association, as well as Juan Amart, President of Jacob Douwe Egberts, giving spectators the low-down on the 2019 edition. Another useful piece of information gleaned from this presentation is that just three classes will be represented during the upcoming transatlantic race between Le Havre and Salvador de Bahia, namely Class40, Multi50 and IMOCA. In the absence of the Ultimes, and with just one year to go until the Vendée Globe at that point, the Imoca boats are likely to make up the competition’s star category.

Official presentation of the Tour de France à la Voile 2019

The 42nd Tour de France à la Voile was officially presented this Saturday, on the Nautic Stage, in the presence of Jean-Etienne Amaury, President of Amaury Sport Organisation, and Nicolas Hénard, President of the French Sailing Federation (FFV) among others. This 2019 vintage will run from 5 to 21 July. On the programme are seven Acts and 17 days of racing. The host towns? Dunkirk, Fécamp, Jullouville, Les Sables d’Olonne, Port-Barcarès, Hyères and Nice. As far as the race format is concerned there is no change with around thirty crews expected to do battle over courses ranging from nautical arenas to coastal sprints. There are a few new features however as the organisers have opted to bring back regional identification to enable the public to cheer on the teams from their local region, as well as create a mixed ranking that groups together the teams who have at least one woman sailor aboard each day with the aim of showcasing female talent. “This 2019 edition of the Tour Voile promises to be thrilling. The standard has really gone up a notch over the past few years. The guys have trained super hard and it will be difficult to beat them but we’ll do all we can to make that happen!”, commented Franck Cammas, who will be making his big comeback to the event with the Oman Sail project.

Three elements to the paddleboarding

The Sprint Paddle Elite, the first of the sport’s three elements within the context of the Nautic Paris, took place this afternoon. Thirty men and ten women, all professional, battled it out on a series of short, intense courses in the pool at the Spot. Everyone will come together again tomorrow at 8:00am for the start of the Nautic Paddle, the largest SUP race in the world, organised by the Nautic Paris. Clearly, this 9th edition of the event is set to be as exciting as it is intense, with no fewer than 800 participants, who will set off on a race boasting a truly exceptional setting, between the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Quai de Javel Bas. In addition to the record number of riders, it’s important to note that this year the event is also accommodating the final leg of the APP World Cup 2018. As a result, the name of the new world champion of the sport will be unveiled tomorrow evening and, the great news is, that it’s quite possible that this will be a Frenchman, Arthur Arutkin (reigning Nautic Paddle champion and captain of the French team) currently ranking among the favourites.

All hail the Figaro sailors

There were a multitude of champions at the Nautic this Saturday, Porte de Versailles, particularly so towards the end of the day during the prize-giving for the French Elite Offshore Racing Championship 2018. Indeed, huge crowds applauded the winner, Sébastien Simon, and runners-up, Anthony Marchand and Alexis Loison, together with all the major players in the Figaro Bénéteau class. This same class is now preparing to head off on a new tack with the arrival of the Figaro 3, a brand new monohull equipped with foils, the draw for which took place straight after the award ceremony in the presence of Hervé Gastinel, President of Conseil de Surveillance for the Bénéteau Group and Yannig Livory, President of the class. It’s worth pointing out that the first 50 boats are due to be delivered over the course of January.

Awarding of the first Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Trophy

Created by the Collectif Ultim, these giants of the seas which have a whole new approach to taking on the oceans, the Antoine de Saint- Exupéry Trophy rewards the sailor who has racked up the best time around the globe singlehanded. It was awarded for the very first time this Saturday, within the scope of the Nautic. This prize manufactured by the Ateliers du Prisme in Paris, was awarded in person by Hervé de Saint-Exupéry, a fighter pilot and descendant of the famous aviator-come-writer, to Thomas Coville (Sodebo), who in December 2016 broke the record set by Francis Joyon (recent winner of the Route du Rhum). Coville promptly passed it on to François Gabart, the new record holder aboard his trimaran Macif (in a time of 42 days 16 hours 40 minutes and 35 seconds) as of just one year ago almost. “It’s a highly inspirational name for a trophy and I think that from now on it will be clearer for the general public to distinguish between the various major sailing records in crewed or singlehanded format. Anecdotally, I began to leaf through De St-

Exupéry’s pieces of writing during a family trip we went on with my parents when I was 7 or 8. What Le Petit Prince represents in terms of voyage and adventure is sublime. As such, today I’m proud to hold such a record and I hope that I’ll be able to hold onto it for a little while before it’s my turn to pass it on because records are designed to be broken”, explained Gabart.

A wave of novelty for one and all.

At the Nautic 2018, there are a great many novelties as ever, confirming several strong trends for this years, together with some promising innovations. The first is the return of some accessible, easy, transportable and affordable boats that don’t compromise on fun like the latest range of First sportsboats, which start out at 10,000 euros. There are also some ultra-light latest-generation paddleboards with the renaissance of the historic Windsurfer. On top of this is the deluge of foiling boats, they too finally accessible to all like the BeFoil 16 or spectacular like the F101. Finally, ownership is clearly no longer a priority, as can be testified by the wealth of new boat club offers from the leaders Bénéteau and Dream Yacht Charter, where a simple subscription enables you to have use of a boat wherever you go! Dozens of new features, new products, world debuts and technological innovations await their thousands of visitors at Porte de Versailles. Today, the crowds were certainly already out in force!

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