THANK YOU TO ALL THE PARTNERS
OF THE DRHEAM-CUP – GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE DE COURSE AU LARGE
“We particularly wish to thank THE CITY OF CHERBOURG–EN–COTENTIN, our “ELITE” partner, a major player that directly contributed to the fast development of THE DRHEAM-CUP / GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE DE COURSE AU LARGE, which is now one of the Major International Offshore Races. Its strong and long-term commitment to us is the best guarantee of our event’s steady and sustainable growth.
Great thanks also to the Local Authorities that support us, as well as our private partners. »
creator and organiser of the DRHEAM-CUP
Between two sea-going regions
From Cotentin to South Brittany, the DRHEAM-CUP / GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE DE COURSE AU LARGE is one of the most beautiful regattas you could imagine, between two sea-going regions and two great French harbours: Cherbourg-en Cotentin and La Trinité-sur-Mer. Open to amateurs and professionals, crews and solo-sailors, the race soon found its competitors. One hundred boats were at the start in the edition in 2020 and more in 2022.
The spirit of the event is what has mainly attracted skippers: a race between big names in international sailing and dozens of amateur crews in a festive and popular atmosphere. It is also an opportunity for all those tempted to go up against the Irish Sea
and the Atlantic on a demanding course that combines inshore and offshore racing It is of course a great moment of sharing on the quayside of a town that will come alive with preparations until the start, between the outer harbour and the coast of La Hague.
Major race organisers do not choose Cherbourg-en-Cotentin by chance. Port Chantereyne is the largest deep-water port in the Manche area, protected by one of the largest artificial outer harbours in the world, in an exceptional location for sailing, opening on the Channel Islands. Our city has unrivalled advantages for sailors, with structured nautical and naval services and a welcome appreciated by all, which we promote through this type of event.
We all have great memories of the 2020 and 2022 editions. We are impatiently awaiting 2024 and the start of the summer season.
mayor of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin
La Trinité-sur-Mer has welcomed regattas between amateurs and renowned professionals for decades. In 1879, the Société Nautique de La Trinité-sur-Mer held its first regatta. Developing its reputation year after year,
since, 2019, the SNT has been ranked first competition club by the Fédération Française de Voile. The Spi Ouest France BPGO, which brought together 340 boats this year, is one of the emblematic events in the Quiberon Bay.
It isn’t surprising that the fifth edition of la DRHEAM-CUP / GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE DE COURSE AU LARGE is part of this dynamic and has chosen La Trinité-sur-Mer as arrival port.
The course between Cherbourg-en-Cotentin and La Trinité-sur-Mer connects two regions that hold close the values of the sea, where competition and adventure mix and diversity enables amateurs to race with professionals. These diverse, high-level competitors will outdo each other with tactical moves and endurance, and some will discover unusual and varied sailing conditions. First the channel, the Irish Sea, then the Atlantic up to the beautiful Baie de Quiberon, where the race village in La Trinité-sur-Mer awaits.
The town, Compagnie des Ports and beyond, the entire Auray Quiberon Terre Atlantique area are proud and impatient to welcome the DRHEAM-CUP / GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE DE COURSE AU LARGE, which will once again reinforce their image of a sailing land”.
Mayor of La Trinité-sur-Mer
The Cotentin conglomeration (third largest local council in France): 185,000 inhabitants, 129 towns and villages, 220 km of coastline) directs and coordinates all major public policies that promote the region’s attractiveness (economic development, employment, higher education, tourism, etc.) whilst guaranteeing the quality of local services (waste collection, water cycle, mobility, etc.). It also plays an active role in the success of the area by supporting major events.
After supporting the arrival of the Rolex Fastnet Race, the Cotentin Conglomeration is delighted to support the start of the DRHEAM-CUP / GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE DE COURSE AU LARGE in the outer harbour of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin on 15 July. We live in one of the most beautiful areas of the world and we can be proud of it. From our beaches to the coastal path and Bocage landscapes, the Cotentin has a strong and unique identity. The sea, the coast and sailing are central to the economic development and success of our area.
Fair winds to all!
President of the Cotentin Council
Find us online at www.lecotentin.fr and on Twitter and Facebook @leCotentin
In 2024, la DRHEAM-CUP / GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE DE COURSE AU LARGE will once again be one of the highlights of the sailing season. An eagerly awaited 5 th edition that will come to the Cherbourg Harbour quays from 11 July 2024.
The Département is proud to stand by this major event as beyond the sporting exploits and shared experiences, it also highlights our unique sailing area and our ability to welcome major sporting events.
I wish to thank the organisers of the Drheam-Cup, who contribute to the reputation of our territory, as la Manche is a Maritime Département, and a land of sailors!
Today, I wish to encourage all future participants and hope they enjoy exceptional moments on their way to la Trinité-sur-Mer!
Fair winds to all!
President of the Manche Département Council
Once again this year, the Normandy Region is particularly proud to be one of the main partners of the DRHEAM-CUP / GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE DE COURSE AU LARGE, a major event in our area which contributes to the development of Normandy’s economy, tourism and sports. It is all the more important as there are over 80 sailing clubs in Normandy, 26 000 licence holders, 1 high-level training centre and many events along our coast and on inland spots. Among them, we can name the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre, the Normandy Channel Race, the Solitaire du Figaro and the Tour Voile.
These events and the DRHEAM-CUP / GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE DE COURSE AU LARGE, enable Normandy to secure its sailing hotspot status, visible and attractive on a national and international scale.
We all know that maritime regions are now the most attractive, the coast is an infinite source of added value for the territory. Normandy, with its 640 km of coastline and one of the busiest maritime routes in the world, has many maritime assets that are now essential for its development.
I am delighted to wish the Normandy skippers fair winds and also thank the enthusiasm of the volunteers and organisers in making this race an complete success.
Président of Région Normandie
Located in South Brittany, Morbihan has unique natural advantages for watersports and sailing. The Département can only rejoice to see its wonderful backdrop showcased through offshore races such as the DRHEAM-CUP / GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE DE COURSE AU LARGE.
This event combines performance and solidarity, human and maritime adventure, and brings together amateurs and professionals in a port that is a reference for competitions and regattas: La Trinité-sur-Mer.
President of the Département Council
The Baie de Quiberon, the most popular sailing hotspot in Europe, looks out to the ocean.
The Bay de Quiberon has a well-earned reputation. The quality of the spot, protected from swell and benefiting from ideal meteorological conditions, is known around the world and hosts the bests dinghy sailing specialists in the world thanks to the various championships organised by the Ecole Nationale de Voile et des Sports Nautiques, as well as the largest inshore regattas in Europe, such as the Spi Ouest-France BPGO.
To welcome the thousands of boats that sail here all year round, cruising or racing, the Baie de Quiberon has many high quality marine infrastructures. The geographical advantages of Auray Quiberon Terre-Atlantique have convinced the hundreds of professionals in the sailing sector who are part of the “Sailing Valley”, catering to the needs of all yachts, cruising and racing. A unique training and development centre for racing yachts (Ultime, Class40, Mini 6.50, etc), the Baie de Quiberon also opens on the ocean and great offshore adventures, connected to the other South Brittany sailing spots.
Our region looks to the sea and Ocean Racing is in its DNA, as shown by the sailing in school programme led by the local council, to facilitate access to nautical activities. It is therefore natural that we support the DRHEAM-CUP / GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE DE COURSE AU LARGE and that our sailing spot and ports welcome participants in this race, which has become fully part of the racing landscape.
Of these ports, La Trinité-sur-Mer, which over the years has managed to combine modernity and authenticity, is by far the most prestigious. The birthplace of offshore racing and modern sailing, it has been home to the greatest names in sailing for 60 years (Tabarly, de Kersauson, Coville, Le Blevec, etc). Indeed, the most inspiring pages in the history of modern sailing in general and offshore sailing in particular began along its granite quays and the Loïc Caradec peer. Protected from the prevailing winds, this haven and its iconic landmark bridge welcomes all racing yachts, from the smallest classes to the Ultime trimaran flying giants.
Many companies of the sailing sectors have premises in the town to meet the needs of racing and cruising skippers. La Trinité-sur-Mer is on the banks of the river Crac’h, which is also home to many oyster farms. A charming seaside town, dotted with beaches of all sizes, connected by a coastal path with unparalleled views of the Baie de Quiberon, it attracts many visitors each year who appreciate the varied landscapes, its natural, historical and megalithic heritage.
Philippe LE RAY,
President of Auray Quiberon Terre Atlantic
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