Nautic de Paris - Red carpet at the Nautic !

This Friday, at the Nautic, in addition to the Stand Up Paddle, windsurfing, kayaking and boating, visitors were able to enjoy beginners’ sessions in wakeboarding and waterskiing in the presence of the sport’s major champions, tying sailor knots, First Aid in a remote location, systems for locating a man overboard, use of digital tooling for customised upholstery and a host of other enjoyable activities.

However, the highlight of today’s Nautic experience was the prize-giving for the Nautic Start-Up Contest, that took place this afternoon, and that of this evening’s Nautic Design Awards in the presence of their prestigious juries. 

Nautic Start-Up Contest 

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For the second year running, Reed Expositions France – the French leader of show organisation and the organiser of the Nautic – has decided to give a professional boost to the start-ups involved in boating, by enabling them to quickly and efficiently make themselves known to the public audience as well as the industry’s professionals through the Nautic Start-Up Contest. In partnership with the French Marine Industry Federation, Windreport’, NUMA, NINA, KissKissBankBank et Sellsy, 41 young and dynamic start-ups from the marine sector signed up for the competition this year. Eight of them were pre-selected by the jury. They went on to receive invitations for the Nautic where they exhibited their projects on stage this Friday, between 14:00 and 15:30 GMT. This presentation was organised in two phases: three minutes to convince, three minutes of Q&A with the jury comprising Alain Pichavant, Commissioner General of the Nautic, Eric Mabo, Assistant Secretary General of the French Marine Industry Federation, Yannick Perrigot from Windreport, Marie-Vogan Le Barzic from Numa, Gérard Lachkar from AGL Marine, David Leray from GO Capital, Guillaume Dupont from Caphorn Invest and Jean-Luc Van den Heede, skipper. The best two dossiers, Be Boats and Wezr in order, were offered a free stand at the Nautic 2016. The winner, a valuator and distributor of charter boats on coastlines right around the world, will also benefit from a Kiss Kiss Bank Bank campaign and participation in the French Start-up Cup in September 2016. “Our objective is to facilitate the search for a charter boat as well as access to sailing pleasure craft. To achieve this, we don’t have a fleet of boats per se, but we offer clients those that belong to all our French and international partners. The good news is that we’ve just managed to raise a million Euros through our investment fund, Sailing Invest, so we’ll really be able to go for it now!” stated Isabelle Duval, President of Be Boats, after the prize-giving. For his part, Yannick Perrigot is delighted at the success of this 2nd edition of the Nautic Start-Up Contest: “It’s a small idea which is about to become a big one. It shows that there are a lot of ideas around and a great deal of creativity. I hope it gives the major groups some ideas and reminds them of the appeal of intrapreneurship”. 

Marine activities accessible to those with reduced mobility 

Created in 2003 by the Ministry of Sports, the Pôle Ressources National Sport et Handicaps, whose aim is to support protagonists working on the development and promotion of physical and sporting activities for the less able bodied, was in attendance on the Nautic Stage this Friday 11 December. Two hours of exchanges gave visitors an insight into the accessibility of marine activities for the less able bodied. Representatives from the organisation notably presented the new Guide on the accessibility of watersports bases, as well as the approach launched by France Station Nautique to improve facilities so as to better accommodate its less mobile visitors. 

When ecology rhymes with performance 

Navigating the seas in an environmentally friendly, autonomous, quiet manner, without once filling up with fuel or recharging your boat is a possibility and numerous products presented at this year’s Nautic testify to this. Examples? The range of autonomous solar-powered SunSeaRider boats, which makes the latest technologies accessible to all, whether they are less able bodied or of reduced mobility, individual or professionals. “It enables the limiting of energy consumption whilst retaining solid performances. Furthermore, its manufacturing involves a great deal of recyclable materials, notably in its light alloy structure”, explains the team at PolyCreatis. As far as Nanni is concerned, the current hybrid range (comprising some 24 products) integrates thermal propulsion units up to 350hp, and is designed for increasingly diversified applications. Its hybrid system is suitable for dayboats and cruising yachts, offshore cruisers and boats for transporting passengers. It’s a very similar scenario at Torqueedo. This company is notably offering the Deep Blue Hybrid, which is the first system on the market to be fully integrated with a hybrid boat engine and comprehensive on-board power management. For its part, ePropulsion is unveiling engines souped-up to the equivalent of 4 and 10hp, which are completely silent and stretch the range to over fifteen hours. The Elan yard, famed for its high performance cruising yachts, is exhibiting the fully electric Elan E4 at the Nautic. The latter, measuring 10.30m in length, is equipped with an Ocean Volt engine boasting the equivalent power of a 20hp diesel engine, and it is equipped with a hydrogenerator function that enables the boat’s batteries to be recharged under sail. In another section, Meto&Co is showcasing its latest major success, the M300 Speed. A step across from innovative antifouling, the latter does not have a biocide action, rather it simply aims to assist surfboards, windsurf boards and SUPs glide through the water better… In this way, being autonomous and environmentally friendly is a good thing, especially when everyone gets to reap the benefits! 

Prize-giving for the Nautic Design Awards 2015 

This evening at 19:00pm local time, at the Jeep® Lounge, the names of the two winners of the Nautic Design Awards were revealed. Each year this prestigious prize rewards the marine industry’s finest productions, an industry in which France is the international leader. Nominated by the public, Internet users and a jury made up of designers, journalists and professionals from the marine domain, the winners are split into two main categories, those of the Dayboats and those of the Cruisers. The five nominees per category adhere to some strict criteria: they must be produced and distributed as production boats and come onto the market during the Nautic year. This year, the finalists were : 

  • “Dayboat” category
    • Chris Craft 25 Capri : This 8m boat, a great favourite, is a contemporary, luxurious interpretation of the American runabout of the thirties. And surprisingly, the designer of the Capri 25 is not American but Italian, as it is penned by Vittorio Garroni.
    • Quicksilver Activ 755 Sundeck : This modern open top with its centre console combines on-board space and a sporty style. The yard is American but the boat is produced in Poland exclusively for the European market.
    • Boston Whaler 320 Vantage : Boston is the American leader of the top of the range open top hull. In contrast to others, Boston never calls upon the services of exterior designers. To be specific in this case, it’s the in-house designer, Charlie Foss and his team, who created the exterior style and deck layout, which makes it such a unique model.
    • XO Boats 270 RS : A perfect example of the Finnish label, it has an ultra-contemporary, sharp style that you now find among other Scandinavian yards. It features a narrow hull and cabin and a sharp, angled bow, which has proven its efficiency in very heavy seas.
    • Lomac 10.5 Gran Turismo : This has to be the best representative of the Italian school of thoroughbred, sporty ribs. It boasts an exclusive style characterised by slender floats, a perfectly aerodynamic centre console and a shallow cockpit.
  • "Cruiser" category
    • Jeanneau Leader 46 : A new launch penned by Italian father and son team, Garroni, who have worked closely with the Vendée-based yard for over 20 years. The idea is to find an understated, functional and consensual design, whose versatility speaks to a wide range of clients, from fans of open launches to enthusiasts of enclosed wheelhouses.
    • Bénéteau Gran Turismo 40 : Here we have another launch made in France with an Italian design, but this time it’s the Venetian designers Carlo Nuvolari and Dan Lenard in operation. These two stars of the design are more familiar with the yachting environment. Since 2010, they have also been behind the whole range of Bénéteau Monte Carlos and Monte Carlo Yachts.
    • Bayliner 842 Cuddy : The 842 Cuddy is the largest of this range of small cabin cruisers, typically American in its styling it has a great deal to offer for short weekend cruises.
    • Fountaine-Pajot MY 37 : Fountaine Pajot is the undisputed power catamaran champion in Europe. Naval architect Daniel Andrieu designed the hull. However, it was the young designers from Nantes, David Comy and David Bougdour, who worked on the internal structure. Way back in 2011 they won the competition “design the boat of tomorrow”.
    • Galeon 380 Fly : The hugely prolific Polish builder is one of the European leaders in the cruising launch segment. British naval architect, Tony Castro, has been working with the brand for the past ten years. He’s succeeded in creating a powerful signature thanks to a sophisticated design, embellished by some highly innovative fit-out solutions.

And the winners are… 

In the end, with over a thousand votes, and long deliberation by the jury presided over by the designer-architect Odile Decq, the 2015 prizewinners are: 

  • “Dayboat” category : Chris Craft 25 Capri
  • "Cruiser" category : Jeanneau Leader 46

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