Sirius Evénements – Press Release No.1 / 2012 – 13 October 2011
Objective 150 boats for the Normandy Sailing Week 2012!
An ambitious expansion plan for 2012.
For its 7th edition and its 3rd year in Le Havre, Normandy Sailing Week (8
/10 June 2012) has set its sights high with 150 entries being targeted (114
in 2011) and nearly a thousand competitors. Already the biggest racing event
on the French side of the Channel, the event is asserting itself as one of
the major national gatherings and is aiming to take its rightful place among
the major international meetings of northern Europe.
After some fine years in Deauville, the set-up in Le Havre since 2010 has
given the Normandy Sailing Week the means to achieve its objectives: a
deep-water port accessible at all times, the support of three major clubs
(CNPV – SNPH – SRH), a highly involved Marina team and the particularly
active Ligue Haute- Normandie (Upper Normandy League). Furthermore, the City
of Le Havre has launched a very determined sailing project, which boasts
both a sizeable event programme (Transat Jacques Vabre, French Espoirs
Championship and Student sailing) and an extension of the current
infrastructure, with the imminent opening of a marina in the very centre of
town in the Bassin Vauban.
With a more spaced out event schedule in 2012 compared with other French
events, there will be time for a special operation to celebrate the 50th
anniversary of the Cowes-Deauville, giving English crews the chance to race
offshore the weekend before racing starts in Le Havre for Normandy Sailing
Week. The race zone is also set to accommodate even bigger fleets as well as
some new series (Open 5.70, Open 7.50). All of these elements should enable
the competition to move up to the next stage in its development.
The Notice of Race is available and registration is open – on the website
The fleets are again split into 3 index groups, each featuring around 50
The One-Designs: as has been the case since 2006 and the creation of the M34
(previously Farr 30) event, on a competitive level this will be the leading
series with a fresh candidacy for the FFVoile’s (French Sailing Federation),
Championnat de France de Course au Large en Equipage (French Crewed Offshore
Racing Championship). Meantime, in the J80 class, the gradual equipping of
Normandy and the North of France should enable a continued increase in the
number of participations in what is the most popular one-design series in
France. Finally the twenty or so First Class 7.5’s will use the event for
another selection round for the Championnat de France Espoirs (French
Espoirs Championship) in August 2012.
The Sportsboats: the 4 series present in 2011 will be racing in Le Havre
once more: The 6.50 Class with the very dynamic international Laser SB3
Class, which is seeing a resurgence in Normandy, the Longzte, whose
development in Europe and continued competitive prowess goes without saying,
and the Seascape 18, which is still creating waves across France.
Two new series are also expected to form some significant fleets: the Open
5.70, as it gathers together the fleets of northern France, Normandy and the
western Channel, along with the Open 7.50, which has seen a recent revival
with a new class organisation and a new programme.
The IRC classes: expanding regularly each year, the IRC fleets in the UNCL’s
4 Trophée Manche Classes, will benefit in 2012 from two favourable elements:
the 50th anniversary operation for the Cowes –Deauville in collaboration
with the RORC and the Deauville Yacht Club and a fresh approach from the
Trophée IRC Normandie, launched this year. Indeed the latter is grouping
together the most attractive events in Normandy, to provide crews with a
comprehensive regional circuit in this practice. Furthermore, 2012 is a
Commodore’s Cup year.
Numerous practical facilities are again on offer to racers from all series:
lifting and marina facilities free of charge for 2 weeks, 50% reduction on
LD LINES for crossings from Le Havre –Portsmouth for foot passengers,
vehicles and trailers, as well as special hotel rates.
An event rooted in its territory and a relay station for the marine network.
The support of media partners, Groupe Presse Normande (Norman Press Group),
France Bleu Haute-Normandie, France 3 Normandie and Sport +, has popularised
the event in its home territory.
Beyond the sporting world the Normandy Sailing Week is also an image and
public relations tool for Norman businesses, such as the Caisse d’Epargne
Normandie (Normandy Savings Bank), present as official partner for the past
2 years. As such nearly 500 business clients took part in the event in 2011,
where they enjoyed some fine days of relaxation and networking.
The development of a major marine event also serves as a relay station for
developing relations between marine businesses, which are regional and event
partners in the index. These include Karver Systems, All Purpose, All Mer and
Finally don’t forget that the Normandy Sailing Week is also boasts a fine
festival on shore in the marina and in the clubs, with 3 highly entertaining
evenings lined up!
RELIVE THE 2011 EVENT WITH THE 26’ SPORT + at www.normandy-week.com
YOU CAN ALSO JOIN THE NORMANDY SAILING WEEK ON FACEBOOK.
Translated by Kate Jennings – Expression