Royan, a stage town for two sailing races in 2021. In July 2021, it therefore hosted the final event of the first Tour de Charente-Maritime. Ten days later, the penultimate stage of the 44th edition of the Tour de France.
Royan, twice a stage city for sailing races in 2021
The Tour de Charente-Maritime, the first of its name
(July 6 to 10, 2021)
On Saturday July 10, 2021, Royan has therefore hosted a new sailing competition, local this time: the Tour of Charente Maritime organized by the departmental sailing committee with the support of the General Council. This inaugural edition is punctuated by four stages in four days between La Rochelle on Tuesday 6 and the pearl of the Côte de Beauté on Saturday 10, with an arrival in the early evening via the northern pass of the Gironde estuary.
The event is open to a fleet of forty crews (minimum two people with FFV licenses) officiating on habitable sailboats suitable for offshore or semi-offshore sailing, as well as recreational sailors. Two formulas are proposed: races with classification or rallies without any particular sporting challenge.
On site, alongside the Tour, the Traveling Sailing School of CDVoile17 organizes free initiations. Children and adults have the opportunity to discover the practice of the dinghy (a monohull) and to do stand-up paddle or even radio-controlled sailing.
The Sailing Tour
(July 2 to 24, 2021)
Ten years after his last participation, Royan has returned to the program of the Sailing Tour, a three-week nautical race organized since 1978 on the French coast. This queen event, presented as one of the two great annual classics of the discipline with the Solitaire du Figaro, brings together around twenty crews from July 2 to 24, 2021.
The Charente resort hosts the penultimate stage for three days, from Sunday July 18 to Tuesday July 20, 2021. It is an event for Royan which has not appeared since 2011 in the course of this great maritime loop registered in the list of tricolor skippers very capped (Jean-Pierre Dick, winner in 1992 and 2001, Franck Cammas in 2013 or Fabien Henry, crowned three times in 2005, 2007 and 2012).
For this new edition, Normandie Évènements is now taking over the torch from Amaury Sport Organisation. The company marks the return of rallying stages, notably withdrawn from the program in 2015. This is a classic speed race between a start city and a finish city. The sixth rallying day ends on Sunday July 18 off the Grande Conche, famous Royan beach. At the end of a 55-mile course that started in the morning at Châtelaillon-Plage, south of La Rochelle. follow from short regattas near the coast (inshore). They are visible to the public, in particular in the form of raids or rapid tests on marked routes.
For the record, the Tour Voile has been contested for six years aboard DIAM24 OD, a trimaran 7 meters long, with a shallow draft: the technical characteristics of this model promote speed and spectacle, even in windy conditions. low to moderate.