Nautic – the Salon Nautique International de Paris – will open its doors in one month’s time. This year, it promises to be a show bursting with innovations and events despite the stormy economic climate and the construction work at the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre.
Salon Nautique International de Paris 7 to 15 Dec. 2013 Paris – Porte de Versailles
Nautic is the largest boating and watersports show in the world in terms of visitor numbers. In 2013, the show will be a genuine high point for all water sports.
Interview Alain Pichavant
(Alain Pichavant – Commissaire général du Salon Nautic de Paris)
Bursting with new products
Without a doubt, Nautic 2013 will boast numerous new boats and innovations. These will not only come from the world leader
and, of course, all of the group’s other brands, but also from independent shipyards, like
- Dufour which will present a worthy yet ultra-modern successor to the Arpège;
- Fora Marine which will spare no expense when baptising its highly-anticipated RM890;
- Wauquiez, J Europe, Dehler, Hanse and Bavaria: everything new in the sailing world will be on show.
In the motor boat area,
- Bénéteau will launch a completely new generation of motor boats,
- Jeanneau and Prestige will once again present an impressive range of new products and all of the market’s players will follow suit, including
- Sunseeker, Cranchi, Rhéa Marine, Chris-Craft, XO Boats, Boston Whaler, Ocqueteau and White Shark,
which will step back into the spotlight in Paris.
Despite fewer boats being sold in this decidedly challenging economic climate, the sport’s popularity has not dropped – and has in fact even grown. There are some 500,000 boats in France which need to be maintained, renovated and modernised. So all manufacturers of equipment, from electronics to fittings and even sails, will be in Paris to unveil their latest innovations.
Bursting with style
The capital of design, Paris, and its leading boating and watersports show, Nautic, have a duty to reward the greatest motor boat designs and have therefore created the Nautic Motor Boat Design Award. Motor boats represent the largest segment of the global market. This award recognises new mass-produced boats aimed at a wide, international audience. Given the spirit of the award, the general public has been invited to vote online. They can then visit the five short-listed boats which will be exhibited at Nautic. A prestigious judging panel will be led by Odile Decq, architect and designer of the year 2013, and include Philippe Starck, a national icon of design and lover of boats, Cédric Ragot, a new design star, journalists from the Motor Boat Magazine, Neptune Yachting and the European boating and watersports media, and representatives from FIN and Reed Expositions. The panel will announce the winner on 13 December at 7pm on the Nautic Stage.
Bursting with thrills
Above all, Nautic will always be the major show drawing together all passions, events and new trends.
Stand Up Paddleboarding is becoming a key discipline. This year, Nautic will open on Sunday 8 December with 300 BNF competitors setting off from the Quai de Javel on the Seine river and traversing Paris in the first SUP race in Europe. For the fourth year running, Toshiba, Naish, Windows Phone and SNSM will all sponsor this spectacular opening event organised by Nautic.
Kitesurfing continues to win over an ever-wider and increasingly international public. All the major champions will come together on the Nautic Spot on Friday 13 to distinguish the year’s best competitors.
Macif, a loyal partner of Nautic, will once again coordinate a whole range of events in the Spot basin: from self-inflating life raft demonstrations to introducing the public to dinghies and new water-skiing practices.
Bursting with memories
Fifty years ago, Eric Tabarly won his first Single-Handed Trans-Atlantic Race, resulting in a wave of enthusiasm for the sport in France. This undoubtedly helped trigger the French boating and watersports boom. His winning boat, Pen Duick II, will be on show in Hall 1 and a film will be projected on the Nautic Stage, showing how Tabarly’s feats heavily influenced generations of sailors as well as architects and ship builders. Also featuring are the other giants of the seas: the story of the liners built in the Pays de la Loire region. This exhibition will plunge visitors into the world of legendary transatlantic crossings thanks to the latest virtual reality technology.
Bursting with events
Nautic remains the leading hub for racing, with all the major events represented: the Mini Transat prize giving, presentations of the Transquadra, the Solitaire du Figaro Eric Bompard cachemire, and the women’s crew for the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race, reports from the 2013 season with films from François Gabart, the Transat Jacques Vabre and the Défi Wind, and a whole range of events and races. And let’s not forget the surprise announcements about new ventures and the participation of major racing stars such as Franck Cammas, Michel Desjoyeaux, Olivier de Kersauson and François Gabart.
Bursting with new horizons
Nautic has always been the one place where all products and means have come together to help sailors prepare to cast off, whether for a week of holidays or a voyage around the world. From Brittany, the land of major events and innovations, to the Mediterranean, the home sea of many amateur sailors, and even to the Pacific and Indian Oceans: at Nautic there is a boundless choice of new sailing horizons. Great voyages always inspire our dreams, like those of Tara which will take to the Nautic Stage to report on its season.
For those whose horizon only reaches the edge of their screen – and they are numerous – the Nautic Transat is there to splash salt on their pixels. This race is run by Virtual Regatta. It leaves Newport on Friday 6 December at 7.30pm and arrives before the end of Nautic, using virtual maxi trimarans but very real weather conditions! The winner will receive a VIP invitation to the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Lorient.
At the model boat pond, a mini inland sea, everyone becomes a kid again even if their model cannot float. And because increasing numbers of boats spend winter on a trailer, Jeep® is organising an event so visitors can practice manoeuvring their trailer in all conditions (water, sand, land, etc.) using radio-controlled models in Hall 4.
And finally, the L’Express/Le Nautic Maritime Book Award will shine the spotlight on the best maritime book of the year on Friday 13: a lucky date for some. This winter, the panel is led by Didier Decoin who recently awarded the Goncourt Award, of which he is a former winner and current Secretary-General.
Nautic 2013’s many facets have already delivered on their promise: all boating and watersports worlds and passions will come together in Paris, with the Porte de Versailles centre welcoming trade professionals and media from 6 December and the general public from 7 December, until 15 December 2013.
Salon Nautique Paris,
The Nautic - Salon Nautique International de Paris, is an exhibition from the « Fédération des Industries Nautiques », organized by Reed Expositions France, a division of Reed Business.