Route des Princes: the course revealed

Tuesday, 05 February 2013


The course: Valencia (start, 9 June 2013), Lisbon, Dun Laoghaire (Dublin Bay), Plymouth, Bay of Morlaix. The Route des Princes is a round-Europe competitive sailing event open to all multihull boats over 50ft. The organizers are owners of large multihulls, ocean racing enthusiasts and major players in the European food-processing industry, whose aim is to give this event popular appeal. The intention is to make each stage of the Route des Princes a local festival, a celebration of coastline and rural environment, practical skills and the art of living. The event will start from Puerto America, the magnificent new marina development in the Spanish port of Valencia. The grand finale, organized to coincide with the …#339;Entre Terre et Mer” (Twixt Land and Sea) festival, is programmed for 30 June 2013 in the Bay of Morlaix, Brittany.

An original course

Valencia, Lisbon, Dublin/Dun Loaghaire, Plymouth, Morlaix: how many great explorers, buccaneers, adventurers and ocean racers have planned and started their expeditions from these ports ─ all places of unique historical, cultural and culinary interest? The idea of the Route des Princes is to involve the most innovative boats in a Tour of Europe, visiting territories where the sailors will be received like princes by the local landowners.

Start: Valencia – 6-9 June 2013

Valencia, Spain's third largest city, has hosted some of the greatest sailing events, including the America's Cup. It will be making its prestigious facilities available again, welcoming the modern multihulls competing in the Route aux Princes to the Puerto America marina. But Valencia is also a prosperous agricultural area, producing vegetables and citrus and other fruits, a place of solid culinary and festive traditions. Like a popular Spanish fiesta, this stage of the Route des Princes will be a friendly and convivial affair.

Stopover in Lisbon – 13 to 16 June 2013

The Portuguese capital provides a spectacular setting, rich in history and unique cultural heritage. Lisbon has a busy cultural and festive agenda in June, celebrating the feast of St. Anthony, its patron saint, on the 13th. The crews sailing in the Route des Princes will therefore be visiting the city during the greatest popular festivals of the year, contributing sport, spectacle and a pan-European dimension.

Stopover in Dun Laoghaire (Dublin Bay) – 20 to 23 June 2013

Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland, is the modern face of a country abounding in Celtic traditions and legends. The port of Dun Laoghaire, named after the king who gave St. Patrick permission to evangelize his country, was built initially as a naval base. It bears witness to a rich maritime history, which saw a revival during Ireland's recent period of spectacular economic growth.

Stopover in Plymouth – 26 to 30 June 2013

For the colourful British leg of the Route aux Princes, the host city will be the historic and colourful port of Plymouth, from which generations of multihulls have set sail in the famous Transat race, including the new catamarans competing in the America's Cup. The point of arrival for Brittany Ferries vessels, Plymouth also hosts popular festivals in its Barbican harbour area and is the gateway to Cornwall, a region of abundant natural and cultural riches.

Landfall in the Bay of Morlaix during the “Entre Terre et Mer” festival – 30 June 2013

Attracting several hundred thousand visitors, a hundred or so boats and all the denizens of the local rural world, “Entre Terre et Mer” will provide a fitting finale for the Route des Princes. A perfect picture of Brittany's high-tech achievement in multihull construction, supported by a rural hinterland proud of its skills and traditions.

Quotation:

Jean-François Jacob,Secretary-General of the SICA company of St Pol de Léon, one of the managers of Prince de Bretagne:
“We were keen to have an event which would bring us all together and highlight our very strong link with the maritime world. As well as a great sporting challenge, the Route des Princes with its various stopovers will provide the showcase for a truly European festival of sea and land-based occupations. As they sail the seas of Europe, these multihulls will draw attention to the values of the regions they visit. This new event is innovative in concept, exciting as a contest and rich in terms of the message it conveys. Roll on the summer!  Rendezvous in Valencia in June for the start of this thrilling new adventure.”

The general organization of the event is in the hands of the Société Commerciale pour la Promotion des Territoires, a subsidiary of the SICA company of St Pol de Léon, Brittany.

Régis LERAT

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 February 2013 )