This Friday at the Nautic, visitors had a chance to meet Yvan Bourgnon, who came to present the final stage of his solo round the world adventure on a sports catamaran, as well as Armel Le Cleac’h, who was signing autographs for a guide on sea safety.
However, one of the main highlights of today was the prize-giving for L'Express-Nautic Maritime Book, the Nautic Start-Up Contest and the Nautic Design Awards in the presence of some prestigious juries.
Prize-giving for L'Express-Nautic Maritime Book
Every year, L’Express and the Nautic combine their passions for the sea to celebrate the finest maritime books. This coming together of minds, which is designed to honour the steady stream of outstanding work from those who publish beautiful books, puts art and culture at the very heart of the show. In 2014, the work which proved particularly unique as a result of its subject matter, its iconography, its engraving, its layout, its paper and its publishing was "La Morue, voyages et usages" (The Cod, voyages and uses) by Loïc Josse, Glénat publications (320 pages). Following on from Terre-Neuvas that came out in 2010, the author takes us on a thrilling history of a fish that is both round and flat in turn. From there, like Pascal Roth, entering into the world of the cod becomes like entering into religion... From the Vikings through until the present day, we’ve fished for cod across the whole of the North Atlantic and very early on the commercialisation circuits gave way to globalisation before its time. The cod has occupied a key role in the diet and culture of the European as well as the American and West Indian peoples… This incredibly common fish, which has become a popular symbol, may well constitute a path for past and future reflexion, but in any case it was certainly worth paying homage to in this fine book with its, often unique, wealth of iconography. Of note: the prize for L'Express’ favourite was awarded to "Voyage autour du Pôle à bord de Tara", (Voyage around the Pole aboard Tara) by Vincent Hilaire, Hachette publications (240 pages).
The Nautic Start-Up Contest
The Federation of Marine Industries and Reed Expositions France, which organises the Nautic, have decided to give a professional boost to marine start-ups in the short and long-distance cruising section, by enabling them to quickly and effectively get their name out and about in the public as well as professional domains. In this way, the Nautic Start-Up Contest was launched in partnership with Nina and LE WEB. Between 20th and 30th November 2014, candidates sent off a file in which they answered five questions on Concept/Target/Innovation/Business Model/Long term objectives. Eight of them were pre-selected by the jury. The presentations were run in two phases: 3 minutes to put up a convincing argument, 5 minutes of questions/answers with the jury. The best two dossiers, Skippair and Tiwal in order, were offered a free stand at the Nautic 2015. The winner, who offers an innovative cruise booking service, was invited to the WEB, a seminar grouping together some 3,200 participants, over 200 start-ups and 300 journalists from over 80 countries. Claire from Skippair: “Our aim is to enable everyone to access the dream of the sea and distant horizons, the pleasure of slipping along with the current to the rhythm of the wind and the waves, and the chance to discover the land as viewed from the sea. It’s about enabling one and all to take to the sea without any prior experience of sailing and without spending a fortune! Setting off with Skippair is synonymous with choosing your skipper and your style of holiday and not just about a boat and a destination.”
Dream Yacht Charter nominated best international charter company
For the second consecutive year, GlobeSailor rewarded the best boat charters in the world. Dream Yacht Charter, with its 34 bases and over 600 boats, really stood out in the category of best international charterer. Of the French contingent, it was Liberty Sea, based on the Côte d’Azur and Corsica, which secured the prize with a very slim lead over Régis Guillemot’s Martinique base. Finally, North Sardinia Sail won the award for best national operator, against Bomi Ship (Croatia) and Olympic Yachting (Greece).
Yvan Bourgnon lifts the veil on the next stage of his round the world
Originally, he set sail on his unique human adventure in October 2013 with the mission of completing the first solo circumnavigation of the globe on an open sports catamaran. After traversing the Atlantic, the Pacific and then the Indian Ocean and running aground in Sri Lanka, the sailor launched the construction of a new boat, which will be completed in January. As such, he’ll be setting off again this coming February for the final section of his circumnavigation, the details of which he outlined this Friday, on the Nautic Stage. Seemingly he will first set a course for Djibouti before heading for Ouistreham via the Suez, Tangier and La Coruna (some 6,000 miles in total). His arrival in Normandy is scheduled for mid-June 2015.
Nautic Design Award Prize-giving
Though sailing is the main focus of all that is modern day racing and adventure, motorboats remain the principal force in the pleasure boat industry in France and across the world. The capital of creation, Paris is the setting each winter for the Nautic Design Awards, which reward the most beautiful production dayboats and cruisers. The views of the general public, both online and at the show itself, take up half the votes, whilst the professional jury’s views count for the other half. This jury is presided over by Odile Decq, an icon of contemporary architecture, supported by Philippe Starck, one of the most famous designers in the world and a boat enthusiast to boot. Accompanying these masters of design, the journalists from Moteur Boat, Neptune, Sport&Style and the overseas press brought their specialist experience to the mix having trialled each of the competitors’ designs. With over a thousand votes and a great deal of deliberation by the jury, the 2014 prize-winners were revealed in Hall 4 of the Nautic:
Dayboat category: Frauscher 747 Mirage: presented by Stephan Frauscher himself, this boat was created by the famous designer Gerald Siska (who was responsible for the radical design of the KTMs for example) and steers away from the norm by offering an object devoted entirely to the pleasure of driving a boat. Boasting a fabulous hull below the waterline, really sporty in behaviour, with a stripped back deck layout and streamlined air intakes, this uncompromising design appealed to nearly 40% of the general public! The Frauscher was also voted favourite by Sport&Style magazine published by L’Equipe.
Cruiser category: Prestige 420 Fly: Accommodating a family and hence featuring cabins and a comprehensive fit-out for long cruises in a single hull whilst remaining harmonious is a mission and a half. The competition in the cruiser category has been fierce to say the least, the top two tied on points. The jury’s vote prevailing in the event of such a tie, it’s the Prestige 420 that has taken the win, designed by the trio, J&J Design, JP Concepts and Garroni Design. This particular cruiser offers a tough compromise that really catches you out in that it features a classic outline, bright, family-sized spaces, a great finish and overall charm.
The Nautic, though, is also a unique Christmas showcase with a plethora of World Firsts. At Bénéteau, there are the new Flyer Sundecks, which complement this new range designed by Style&Design, that was presented last year and is characterized by a very high performance Airstep hull, optimised by one of France’s leading sailors and coaches, Tanguy Le Bihan. A lot more imposing, the Monte Carlo 4S, a little sister to the MC5, made it through to the finals in the Nautic Design Award and was neck and neck with the Prestige 420 Fly. At Jeanneau, the Merry Fisher 695 and the Velasco F are a more classic example of what was presented by the group last year. Another great surprise is the original and stunning Sealine 330S, which sits imposingly beside the 380 that was nominated for the Nautic Design Awards. We mustn’t forget the Parker 610S, the new Quicksilver and the novel Rhéa 30, a more cosy version of this day fishing boat with a traditional outline. Recently relaunched, the colourful White Shark range features a new 270 this year. Also 100% made in France and shouting 100% quality are the new Ocqueteau Ostrea 600s and the T-Top is also proving popular after the brand won the title of Motor Boat of the Year. This year also marks an important turning point in the history of motorboat racing with the acquisition by the Bénéteau group of REC Boats, one of the main protagonists on the American market, with famous brands like the Glastron, Four Winns, Scarab and WellCraft. All of them are exhibiting their latest models at the Nautic and really packing a punch with their strong identity. Not far away, the boardsports specialists Malibu, Nautique, Axis and Chaparral are unveiling their latest models of boat specifically designed to create the perfect wave…
The French, still leading the rib market
Enjoying a prime spot in hall 1 of the Nautic, the average-size inflatable craft are largely represented by the French brands of Bombard, ProMarine, Zeppelin and Zodiac. The recently restructured Zodiac group, into which the main shareholder Open Gate has just injected nearly 5 million Euros, is really creating a stir at the Nautic with the presentation of four attractive new models. At Zodiac, the Medline 660 takes lounging around to a whole new level with a deck layout largely devoted to sunbathing from prow to stern! Meantime its cousin Bombard is showcasing a sumptuous 690 Explorer, as well as an outstanding little Bombster 500. Completing an existing range, the Explorer 690 is characterized by a hull below the waterline that is marked by a deep V ensuring its handling is very safe. In this way, the craft is suited to sports practice and family use thanks in part to its hypalon tubes and a variety of à la carte fit-outs. The new Bombster 500 is especially striking due to an ultra-competitive introductory price. Coming in at less than €10,000 ready to launch, equipped with a 50hp outboard engine, it is a stand-out competitor against the craft available on the secondhand market. Finally, for professionals and those that get around a bit, the Zodiac Milpro is now an independent brand, which is showcasing some impressive machines at the Nautic. 100% French, these craft by Zeppelin have a very strong presence, with its latest models on display, including the XVPRO 6.99, and Promarine with the latest addition to its range, the 550 Manta. A particularly versatile rib thanks to its wide deck layout, it also incorporates the very technical characteristics unique to the Breton brand: wave-piercing hull below the waterline, speed and safety.
The Gomones rule
In the most extensive and most top of the range market we have the “Gomones”. These ribs boast all the comfort of a cruiser with a WC cubicle and a stand-by bunk, and the latest models are available in XL. Measuring over thirteen metres, the Prince 43 CC is a more reasonable size and the level of finish is just as polished for the unique 30-footer revealed at the Nautic. Another newcomer is the Lomac Adrenalina 7.5, which joins a highly aesthetic range, just like the Capelli, whose Tempest 800 made the finals of the Nautic Design Awards. The other Italians which are making their presence felt in Hall 1 and 2.2 and have a stunning level of finish are the ZAR, the BSC, the BWA and the Joker...
Motorisation, the calculator age
To get these beautiful craft safely back to port, the motorboat fraternity really do care for their products and continue to surprise us. This is evidenced by the brand new range of 2-stroke outboard engines, the Evinrude E-Tec, which barely requires any maintenance. Indeed it features an innovative technology, which is hidden behind fairly revolutionary fairing, boosting the engine blocks, that are now capable of running for 500 hours without an overhaul. Another latest innovation is that of Helm Master developed by Yamaha, which enables 9 to 13 metre craft to do a 360° turn with a simple flick of a joystick and without having to resort to installing a bow thruster. The technology relies on a calculator, which will independently steers the craft’s two or three outboard engines, enabling it to make headway sideways or turn on a sixpence. In conjunction with this innovation, which comes in response to the offensive from Mercury Marine, Yamaha is presenting at the Nautic, a new 4-stroke 130hp injection engine, which is now par for the course for propelling ribs and small day fishing boats.