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June 25 2014

Nacra 17 European Championship in La Grande Motte (France), from 4 to 12 July 2014


The show promises to be spectacular from the beaches of La Grande Motte during the Nacra 17 European Championship (olympic catamaran) which will take place from 4 to 12 July 2014. 73 crews (146 sailors) coming from 27 nations are already registered. The competition is organized by La Grande Motte Yacht Club, under the authority of the French Sailing Federation and in collaboration with the Nacra 17 class. MARINEPOOL is the official supplier of the Nacra 17 European Championship but also of the French favorite duo made up of Billy Besson and Marie Riou.

They are coming from all over Europe but also from New-Zealand, Australia, Japan, USA, Russia, Canada and South America, ready for daily regattas over a week. Most of them are already on site to practice for the Nacra 17 European Championship, the sport catamaran chosen in 2012 by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) for Rio 2016.

In addition to its spectacular design and velocity, the Nacra 17 has the distinction of being led by a mixed crew (one man, one women), a rare format for olympic competitions.

High-level tandems will take part in the championship for 10 days in La Grande Motte with a same goal : win the race. The competition will be tough as many olympic medalists, european and world champions compose the line-up.

The Nacra 17 French Sailing Team will be in full force with Franck Cammas and Sophie de Turckheim and the 2013 World champions Billy Besson and Marie Riou who are sponsored by MARINEPOOL since the beginning of the 2014 season.

Around twenty legs are scheduled from July 7th till the famous Medal Race which will bring together the 10 best teams of the week. At the end of the competition, two titles will be delivered : the Nacra 17 European Champion and the Nacra 17 French Champion.

More infos : La Grande Motte Yacht Club

Billy Besson / Marie Riou - © Jacques Vapillon

Billy Besson / Marie Riou - © Jacques Vapillon

Billy Besson / Marie Riou - © Jacques Vapillon