At the heart of a living area of 270,000 inhabitants, Cornouaille hosts 3 sectors of excellence:
- and food
Competition sailing is a major component of the naval market. Behind the riders, there are sailing teams (Mer Concept-Macif, Kairos, Agitated Sea …) and construction sites (CDK Technologies, Pogo-Structures, ADH Inotec …) specialized in the construction and development of all racing yachts : from Mini 6.50, to Ultim trimarans.
A ecosystem of services and dedicated research and development gravitates around these companies: rigging, calculations, communication, … This sector of excellence is a driving force for the nautical industry in Cornouaille, which also produces cruise ships.
On the training side…
Cornouaille hosts the “Pôle Finistère Course au Large”. Based in Port la Forêt, this national center of excellence trains riders (Imoca, Figaro …). Sailors come from all over France and abroad to benefit from this unique management in Europe.
Major nautical events are organized, such as the Grand Prix Guyader in Douarnenez Bay, the Transat AG2R La Mondiale Concarneau, or the Wave Games at the Torch: the best windsurfers, kitesurfers, surfers and paddlers will be reunited on this site emblematic of board sports in October 2018.
The ocean racing sector is supported by institutional actors, in particular:
- The Department of Finistère and Finistère 360, very active with the “Pôle d’Excellence Finistère Course au Large”
- The Technopole Quimper-Cornouaille which supports innovation in the maritime sector and is relay for Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique (Sea innovation R&D cluster)
- Quimper Cornouaille Développement, an economic development agency in Cornouaille, a partner of the Yacht Racing Forum for its members, the communities of towns and cities that accompany their companies, and support nautical events
Discover the program of the Quimper-Cornouaille Tour
Departure from Lorient – Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly
09:30 am 10:15 am
Visit of Pôle Finistère course au large,
National Training Center for offshore racers :
The mission of « Pôle Finistère course au large is to train and support top athletes in offshore racing, mainly on 60-foot monohulls and Figaro Bénéteau II one-design.
Since 1993, this organization manages the “Challenge Espoir” detection cell in partnership with the region of Bretagne and the Bank Crédit Mutuel de Bretagne. It offers young potentials the opportunity of a 1 to 4-year professional contract.
10:30 am 10:45 am
Pitch of AIM45, specialist in the analysis of navigation data for the performance and safety on racing boats :
This company develops performance measurement and analysis tools. AIM 45 proposes its expertise to analyze navigation, performance and safety data for racing boats.
11:00 am 11:15 am
Pitch of Ino-Rope, Textile Rigging specialist :
Specializing in textile solutions for the yachting industry, Ino-Rope develops efficient, reliable and robust products for sailing. The products are tested in the offshore racing field, a driver of nautical innovation and an environment of extreme condition.
11:30 am 11:45 am
Pitch of Mer Agitée, designer of connected sensors for sails :
Created in 1999 by Michel Desjoyeaux and Régine Bornens, Mer Agitée is an offshore racing team with a range of skills: composites, design, parts calculation, onboard electronics and IT, stowage, mechanics, hydraulics, administrative, financial and logistics management.
Pitch of Finistère Mer Vent (SCIC),
Business building dedicated
to ocean racing activities :
Business building dedicated to ocean racing companies, events, services, communication, training …
Noon 02:00 pm
Provided by Quimper Cornouaille Développement at the Club House de la Capitainerie du Port, Port-la-Forêt
Drop off in Lorient – Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly
This is a FREE guided tour !
Quimper Cornouaille Développement staff will take care of everything !
Your registration includes :
- The ride by buses to get from Lorient to Vannes and from Vannes to Lorient
- the visits
- The lunch