Today, the champions were being honoured at the Nautic Paris Boat Show.
Indeed no fewer than six world title holders were gathered together at the Porte de Versailles this Monday, for the very great pleasure of visitors to the show, who got a chance to meet and chat with them prior to the Soir?e des Champions hosted this evening by the French Sailing Federation, during which the title of Sailor of the Year 2014 will be unveiled. However, the sailing elite were not alone in attracting the attention of the general public, the very latest boats also putting on quite a show on one or multiple hulls.
A whole host of world champions at the Nautic:
This morning, visitors to the Nautic got the opportunity to meet a number of world champions from the sailing and funboard domain on the French Sailing Federation stand. Billy Besson and Marie Riou, double world champions 2013 and 2014 on the mixed Nacra 17 catamaran, Charline Picon, women?s world and European RS:X windsurfing champion, Antoine Albeau, men?s world slalom champion 2014 (22nd title!), Delphine Cousin, women?s world slalom champion and Thomas Traversa, world wave champion 2014, were all in attendance and enthusiastically devoted their time to a Q&A session with the public before taking on a marathon autograph signing session. Three other members of the French team were alongside them: Jonathan Lobert (Finn), Thomas Le Breton (Finn) and St?phane Christidis (49er).
Oc?anopolis launches its Fonds de Dotation de la Mer:
At 16:00pm, Oc?anopolis Brest officially launched its Fonds de Dotation de la Mer (Appropriation of the Ocean Fund). The aim of the latter? To share knowledge about the oceans with the greatest number of people by hosting a series of aware raising activities linked to the richness and fragility of the marine heritage.
?Knowledge of the ocean and the development of technologies linked to its use and exploitation will be the key elements of the global economic development. Research and innovation must feed on a genuine community-wide culture shared by the coasts and the oceans, their history, the way they work and their biodiversity. Exploring the oceans, understanding how they work and the future changes, conveying this knowledge and sharing it with everyone are tomorrow?s stakes?, explained Jean-Louis Etienne, President of the Fonds de Dotation de la Mer.
Presentation of the ?Martinique Sailing Days?:
The Martinique Region, the Comit? Martiniquais du Tourisme (Martinique Tourist Board) and the Ligue de Voile de Martinique (Martinique Sailing League) presented the ?Martinique Sailing Days? this Monday 8 December on the Nautic Stage. On the programme, three events: the 2nd edition of the Martinique Cata Raid (Catamaran Rally), which will gather together around forty F18s and F16s from 26 to 31 January 2015; the Tour de Martinique, which will group together around thirty boats in excess of 24-foot, from 13 to 15 February 2015; then the Sch?lcher Semaine Internationale Nautique (International Watersports Week), a top-class dinghy sailing event in the Caribbean, the 25th edition of which will be organised from 13 to 17 February 2015. A packed programme then on the island of flowers in 2015!
Election of Sailor of the Year 2014 this evening:
This evening, during the Soir?e des Champions at the Edouard VII Theatre in Paris, the French Sailing Federation will award the prize for Sailor of the Year 2014. The President of the jury, Bruno Troubl?, a French skipper with a wealth of international yacht racing experience and an event organiser, hosted discussions within the jury charged with deciding which of the nine nominees should win the Trophy: Antoine Albeau, the Billy Besson - Marie Riou pairing, Julien Bontemps, Delphine Cousin, Fran?ois Gabart, the Bruno Jourdren - Nicolas Vicariot ? Eric Fagneul trio, Lo?ck Peyron, Charline Picon and Thomas Traversa. The 2014 prizewinner will succeed Franck Cammas, Sailor of the Year 2012 and 2013. Verdict at around 23:00pm local time tonight. Also of note is an historic exhibition about past "Sailors of the Year" on display in the Nautic gangway.