Inaugurated by Elisabeth Borne, Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition, in charge of Transport, and Alain Pichavant, Show Manager at the Nautic, the 57th Nautic – International Paris Boat Show opened its doors this Saturday.
With presentations, inaugurations and press conferences, this first day proved to be particularly dense, whether it be in the domain of competition, historic gatherings, adventures or industry. Indeed, organised for the first time directly by the French Federation of Nautical Industries, via the Nautic Festival SA, the Parisian event is showcasing no fewer than 26 new features with two clearly stated objectives: broadening the scope of marine experience and facilitating access to the practice.
Macif and offshore racing, a winning commitment
Bolstered by a twelve-year commitment to the Nautic, Macif is redirecting its presence for this 2017 edition by partnering a brand new service: “La Capitainerie” or Harbour Master’s Office, an exclusive device offering visitors a site tour geared towards their needs in the presence of boating coaches and experts. The aim: to help them organise their visit in the best possible way and to optimise their site tour, in the form of a map or by using the new mobile application, ‘Mon Nautic’. This Saturday, the group invited visitors to the show to meets its skippers at a conference on the theme of “Macif and offshore racing, a winning challenge”, on the Nautic Stage. In this way, Charlie Dalin and Martin Le Pape reviewed their season in the French Elite Offshore Racing Championship, whilst Jean-Bernard Le Boucher, Director of the Group’s Sea-based Activities, discussed the upcoming stages that French skipper François Gabart will encounter aboard the trimaran MACIF, currently in the midst of his Solo Round the World record attempt.
Sailing nolvelty of the Nautic
In the hub that is Hall 1, one of the rare spaces where they can be showcased with their masts stepped, all eyes are on the yachts. The brand new Lagoon 40 is the perfect example of this French expertise and its global popularity. An affordable and bright family catamaran, she has been designed by the famous Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot Prévot design firm, whose reputation is unrivalled in the design of offshore racing machines…
Previewing at the Nautic as a world first, the Dufour 360 has everything that a big boat boasts: a wide cockpit designed for luxurious lounging, an exterior galley close to a large aft bathing platform and an extensive range of wood and fabric finishes. A genuine little yacht, penned by the pioneer of the modern composite sail boat.
A testimony to the boundless creativity of the French yards, the new Sun Odyssey 440 and 490 are being exhibited in Paris for the first time. The design of the deck, enabling those on-board to get around the boat all on one level, the cockpit which transforms into a massive solarium and the interior worthy of a loft space, make these highly innovative boats an absolute pleasure to spend time on.
The Figaro 3 is also gracing Paris for the very first time: the racing one-design, which has been the craft of choice for generations of sailors, has undergone a complete revamp in the form of added foils, the must-have appendage for the 21st century. Henceforth, young racers will finally be able to compete on a state-of-the-art machine, capable of putting a serious dent in the race records for the
Transat AG2R, the Solitaire du Figaro and all the races on the Figaro circuit.
Multihulls are shattering Round the World records as we go to press and fans of boating dream of being able to at least get some insight into the sensations experienced by their favourite skippers. In this way, French-based Astus and Tricat are developing high- performance small trimarans and this year visitors to the Nautic can also admire the latest Dragonfly trimarans: veritable little racing machines, albeit with a stunning finish and level of comfort! Able to be transported thanks to their folding beams, you’ll be able to sail them at speed anywhere, anytime!
Cape Cod, the highly chic American seaside resort, has given its name to a series of fabulous French day-boats with a vintage design for very modern appetites. Integrated sailing dinghies, they can run up on beaches, skip close to rocks and power along at speed! Two versions are being showcased in Paris: a traditional one with a teak and mahogany deck and one made of composite, whose charm is unsettling.
The route for the Tour de France à la Voile 2018 unveiled
This Saturday morning, on the Nautic Stage, Jean-Etienne Amaury, President of the Amaury Sport Organisation group, Nicolas Hénard, President of the French Sailing Federation and Jean-Baptiste Durier, Event Director, presented the next edition of the Sailing Tour. The key information to remember? The event will run from 6 to 22 July 2018 split into seven Acts spanning fifteen days of competition, compared with the previous 9 Acts and 18 days. The host towns: Dunkirk, Dieppe, Barneville-Carteret, Baden, Gruissan, Hyères and Nice. The new features: on the one hand, the removal of the prologue and, on the other, a Final Act which will be played out over two days of Nautical Arena racing.
The poster for the 40th anniversary of the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe unveiled
On this the opening day of the Nautic and some eleven months prior to the start of the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe, OC Sport PenDuick has unveiled the official poster for the 40th anniversary edition of the event. In contrast to those from previous editions, this poster relies on a simple design, that of a single boat facing the immensity of the ocean. “This poster perfectly symbolises the full force of the queen of transatlantic races”, enthuses Mike Birch, the first winner of the race back in 1978, who was in attendance today.
A plethora of champions
The big names of offshore racing were nearly all at the Nautic in Paris this Saturday. Indeed, a number of racers attended the prize- giving ceremonies for the French Elite Offshore Racing Championship and the Transat Jacques Vabre. In this way, visitors had the opportunity to meet and greet some of them, including Jean-Pierre Dick, Yann Eliès, Franck Cammas, Paul Meilhat, Gwenolé Gahinet, Charlie Dalin, Maxime Sorel and also Antoine Carpentier
Like these few examples, hundreds of different boats were able to be discovered and admired by the first few thousand visitors this Saturday. Among them, a certain Nicolas Hulot, Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition, who was particularly struck by the electric boats! And from dawn tomorrow morning, the Nautic SUP Paris Crossing will see some 700 riders devouring the River Seine on their Stand Up Paddle boards in what is sure to be a rather surreal scene… Paris is Nautic through until 10 December.
Salon Nautique International de Paris
The Boat Show of Paris, is a show owned by the Federation of Nautical Industries, organized by Nautic Festival SA, subsidiary of FIN.
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