Please select your home edition
Edition
Sailing Holidays 2019 - TOP

2019 Tour Voile - Day 8

by Tour Voile 12 Jul 19:03 BST 5-21 July 2019
2019 Tour Voile in Les Sables d'Olonne © Morgan Bove / ASO

It is a well-deserved rest day on the Tour Voile 2019. Racing resumes in Les Sables d'Olonne and there are still four of the seven Acts still to be contested: Les Sables d'Olonne on the Atlantic Vendée coast followed by the Med events at Port Barcarès, Hyères and Nice.

What remains a unique success, year in year out, is that the Tour Voile is a spectacle on the water but it is complemented by a lively party atmosphere on land, the focus being as much as possible to engage with the public, many of whom will be on holiday in the height of summer. Dunkirk welcomed more than 20 000 registered visitors and Fécamp and Jullouville were just as busy. There are four Acts left, Les Sables-d'Olonne (13-14 July), Port Barcarès (16-17 July), Hyères (18-19 July) and Nice (20 -21 July).

Jean-Baptiste Durier, Director of the Tour recaps on the essence of what makes the Tour work.

How do you ensure the public can follow the Tour Voile races?

Jean-Baptiste Durier: "It all starts with the staging of the Paddock. The boats are not in port but on the beach, in a configuration that echoes motor sport. Then it is not a simply putting the Diam 24od on the beach and then going racing. It is the whole, complete package. We explain the race and how it works, we present the crews. The launch and recovery of the Diam 24ods are a key part of the show, the impressions of the sailors are revealed before and after racing. It's such a great show. The races have full commentary with exciting signature music at key moments, especially with this Nautical Stadiums where the race are just a metres from the beach and the spectators."

It is all aimed at the widest possible audience.

"Yes, we have a real desire to demystify it and make it accessible and fun. Sailing is not necessarily the simplest sport to understand at first if you are not familiar with the environment. We make a real effort to explain what is happening on the water, what it all means and so it is not just for sailing fans."

But what about the exhibitions and stands?

"The DNA of the Tour Voile is that is a popular summer roadshow which is completely free. That's We have great animations offered by our partners. Pink Lady sets up a nice space with big deckchairs, a cool relaxing space with games and apple tastings. IXIO Network have a truck driving simulator. There is also a Caraïbos bar to enjoy nonalcoholic fruit cocktails. Children are part of it and Mickey's Diary offers them lots of little games. To let off steam, a Harken Grinder contest lets visitors measure their performance against the sailors. And this year marks the return of the K'do Pass to try to win prizes including a smartphone, by betting on a favorite team."

Among the institutional partners of this Tour Voile, there is the Water Family.

"Yes, and this is particularly important to us. With each Act of the Tour Voile, this association has an educational space to make young people aware of the need to preserve water, and to explain to them best actions to adopt. For me it is important to be able to add new learnings and ideas from the Tour Voile."

Find out more at www.tourvoile.fr/en

Related Articles

Team Beijaflore are Tour Voile Champions
A truly unforgettable Super Final A thrilling match within the match saw overall leaders Team Beijaflore and Cheminées Poujoulat embark on an incredible battle to the very last tack with a breathtaking comeback from Beijaflore in the final few metres that clinched the title for the team. Posted on 21 Jul
Fighting to the Finish in Tour Voile 2019
Cheminées Poujoulat enjoyed another smouldering day, winning comfortably Today in Nice, with tension building to maximum levels, the Tour delivered precisely the kind of twists and turns that are known for keeping teams and spectators on the edge of their seats. Posted on 20 Jul
Cheminées Poujoulat burns bright in Tour Voile
Storming around the course in textbook fashion Tomorrow brings a day of Nautical Stadium racing where teams will be grappling for those last few points that could make the difference in order to gain a place in the Top 10 and a golden ticket to the Super Final on Sunday. Posted on 19 Jul
Fresh success for Golfe du Morbihan Breizh Cola
The final Coastal Raid of Tour Voile brought an incredible day After a difficult day yesterday in Port Barcarès, the local sailors of Team Réseau IXIO - Toulon Provence Méditerranée came back with a second place finish ahead of overall leaders of the General Classification Team Beijaflore in third. Posted on 18 Jul
Double honours at Tour Voile Act 5
Oman's two professional teams take the first two spots The first of four Nautical Stadium days scheduled for the Mediterranean legs of the Tour Voile brought thrills and spills for the teams, and provided sensational viewing for the many spectators gathered along the beach of Port Barcarès for the occasion. Posted on 17 Jul
2019 Tour Voile Act 5 - Coastal Raid
40-mile course took the crews on a very long beat along the coast Today's performance by Golfe du Morbihan Breizh Cola has allowed them to squeeze into fourth place, pushing Oman's Renaissance Services, skippered by Stevie Morrison, back to fifth overall. Posted on 16 Jul
Tour Voile ready for Mediterranean Acts
The battle is very much alive among the top teams After legs on the North Sea, the English Channel and the Atlantic, three more Acts - equating to six days of racing - are left to play out before the end of the competition on Sunday 21st July. Posted on 15 Jul
Tour Voile day 9
Bastille Day in a gusty offshore breeze off Les Sables d'Olonne Morrison, Quentin Ponroy - who won the Tour when Lorina Limonade dominated in 2016 -and Abdul Rahman Al Mashari - made a perfectly times and positioned start which allowed them to lead at the first mark. Posted on 14 Jul
Tour Voile day 8
A second coastal win for Beijaflore As the seven stage 2019 Tour Voile passes its theoretical midway point today, the team which finished third on their debut in 2017 and were last year's runners up are now six points clear at the top of the Tour's General Classification. Posted on 13 Jul
Tour Voile day 7
First substitute Peponnet steers Team Réseau IXIO to Jullouville win Team Réseau IXIO - Toulon Provence Méditerranée, with two of last year's winners on board, won the 2019 Tour Voile Act 3 Stade Nautique Final off Jullouville to keep the pressure on the top two teams, Beijaflore and Cheminées Poujoulat. Posted on 12 Jul