Published: Wednesday, 05 July 2017

The Grand Pavois La Rochells boat show 2017 (September 27-October 2) will celebrate its 45th anniversary, expecting around 800 international brands and a flow of 85,000 visitors at the 100,000sqm exhibition space.

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(Photos: Gilles Delacuvellerie, JM. Rieupeyrout - Grand Pavois La Rochelle 2016)

About 750 boats, including 300 in-water, are expected at the show. More than 150 new boats are presented at the show every year, as well as over 250 new products will parade at the autumn event.

The show presents several specific areas: in-water boats, boats on land, equipment halls, services, inflatable and rigid inflatable boats as well as three thematic villages.

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(Multihull Space)

Since 2000, the Grand Pavois has also presented all other types of water sports: light sailing, kayaks, board sports, windsurf, kite-surf, wakeboard, stand up paddle in an area called "La Plage". This area is laid out in the show's building, as well as on the Minimes beach, which has one or more basins. More than 1,500 tests, first-time experiences and demonstrations are carried out.

The Fishing Space and Grand Pavois Fishing was created in 2008, has become a discussion and discovery platform for enthusiasts and exhibitors, with its demonstration basin, marina, fishing village, retail spaces managed by the Pro Pêche 17 stores network, fishing boat gallery, live Internet broadcasts, not to mention the professional staff of leading fishing brands present for the occasion.

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One of the highlights of the show is the fishing tournament with no-kill bait bringing together professionals and amateurs on various brand boats.

Every year, the Heritage and Tradition Space exhibited boats with a story and represent a sailing heritage that is restored, preserved and exhibited for the pleasure of all. This year, in-water, it will be possible to admire many heritage units: classic yachts, adventure vessels, working and service boats. Many protected boats from the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region will be present thanks to the support of the Regional Department of Culture (DRAC) of Nouvelle-Aquitaine which wants the Grand Pavois La Rochelle to be the key event for the maritime heritage of the region.

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It is noted that Nouvelle-Aquitaine is the leading region in France in terms of the listed maritime heritage. Among the units present, it will be possible to admire the "Damien" project, the expedition vessel belonging to Gérard Janichon and Jérôme Poncet, the restoration project for which was launched at the Grand Pavois La Rochelle in 2012.

Developed in 2015, the Multihull Space hosted more than 30 units and many new products. It will again be present this year with a specific marina devoted to racing/cruising catamarans and trimarans.

The show will also bring together sailors and boats with adventure stories and advices in three figures involved in original expeditions in the Arctic based around one common theme; global warming and its effects.

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Anne Quéméré will be presenting the new version of her solar boat. She will have just returned from her 3,500km single-handed trip in the Arctic, between Tuktoyaktuk and Baffin Island, aboard a minimalist prototype powered solely by solar energy.

The show will also welcome Yvan Bourgnon, who too will just have returned from his adventures among the ice, the "Bimedia Challenge", with his 6m racing catamaran without any living quarters – 8,000km from the Pacific to the Atlantic via northern Canada, from Nome in Alaska to Ingsugtosok in Greenland.

Finally, Sébastien Roubinet will set sail in 2018 aboard a yacht/ice sailboat that will cross the glacial Arctic Ocean from Alaska to Spitzberg via the North Pole. This mission will also be scientific with measurements taken to assess the state of the ice shelf, which is shrinking rapidly every year.

Two boats from the 2018 Golden Globe Race will also be present: one belonging to Jean-Luc Van den Heede and the other to Lionel Regnier. In 1968, nine sailors set sail from Plymouth for the Golden Globe Race, the first non-stop single-handed race in the world won by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. 50 years on, another edition will be organised and will depart on 16 June 2018.