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July 24 2013

 

2013, an Olympic year for France

Four out of ten Olympic series will race their World Championship in France this year. The 470 Men and Women will begin this Olympic year at the beginning of August in La Rochelle in a festive atmosphere. This iconic dinghy boat will indeed celebrate its 50th anniversary this year and will gather almost 400 boats coming from 40 countries. A record !

At the end of September, the 49er will guarantee a great show in Marseille. It is the second time that this spectacular dinghy - recognizable by its huge spinnaker - has chosen France to host the 49er World Championship. This year will also see the arrival of a new competition exclusively dedicated to women onboard a 49FX.

Besides the French stopovers of the World Cup (Hyères, end of April) and the European Cup (La Rochelle, beginning of October), the windsurfing European Championship will be held this month in Brest (Brittany). These great events make France a host country for Olympic sailing competitions. "Hosting large-scale events can play a key role to demonstrate our potential", says Jean-Pierre Champion, President of the French Sailing Federation, who expects good results from his teams. "In 470, we have talented sailors showing great potential, as well in 49er. In 49FX (women), it would be more difficult because it is only the beginning of a new olympic discipline." For Guillaume Chiellino, Director of the French Sailing Team, these 4 World Championships hosted in France is "a real chance". They have never been so important for the sailors as today as their performance on these international competitions will largely determine the composition of the team for Rio 2016. The trainers will pay even more attention to the ability of each athlete to perform under high pressure.


Calendar 2013

470 World Championship - La Rochelle, from 3 to 10 August

49er and 49er FX World Championship - Marseille, from 21 to 29 September

French Olympic Week - La Rochelle, from 9 to 13 October

© Jacques Vapillon

© Jacques Vapillon

© Jacques Vapillon