Sport, but not just sport…


The Volvo Ocean Race village has been ramping up over the past few days. Since the arrival of the boats Thursday morning, the public has flocked increasingly to the quaysides of Lorient La Base. Visiting boats and partners’ stands, but also participating in debates that in their various guises are feeding reflection about offshore racing and its future.

Of course a stopover in the Volvo Ocean Race is a major sporting event. But it is also an opportunity to showcase the know-how of a region, to reveal to the general public new issues, foster debate about offshore racing; the values it conveys and what its contributes.



Economy and sharing


This morning, around fifty scientists, technicians and sailors gathers in the premises of IFREMER to debate the future of offshore racing and the revolutions that foils have brought in the design and piloting of yachts.  Discussed were the gains in performance, the new associated technologies, production costs and the need to mutualise studies, while not giving away anything confidential. This event was organised jointly by the University of Bretagne Sud, the general council of the Morbihan department, Eurolarge, the Chamber of Trades, Lorient Technopôle and Lorient Agglomération as part of the wider Sailing Valley Tour, a three-day circuit for professionals to discover the diversity and wealth of this leading-edge nautical cluster, extending from Vannes to Port-la-Forêt.



Girl power


The Lorient stopover is definitely for the girls. Following the fabulous win by Team SCA, something is changing in people’s perception of the world of offshore racing. Little by little, women are carving out their place in this originally masculine-dominated world. To discuss this, the SCA pavilion invited Sam Davies in the company of Ariane Pehrson of lyophilise.fr and Stéphanie Cotton, the marketing manager of SCA France. Under debate was the place of women in the company and relations with men as a manager: the example of the SCA crew could be a great opportunity to remove certain barriers imposed by a society that has not yet rid itself of some bad habits.

Tomorrow, it’s back to sailing. With the first Pro-Am races, the teams will be testing the waters around Lorient and the island of Groix before Sunday’s In-Port race, undoubtedly the highlight of the week. On the same day, seeing the seven best teams battling it out in waters known for their beauty followed by the Patrouille de France doing their fly-by over Lorient la Base, is a spectacle not to be missed.


Programme for Saturday 13th June:


Pro-Am races: around Groix at 12.30 and 1.30 pm. Races of about 30 minutes. To be watched live from the Pointe du Talud and on the giant screen in the Volvo Ocean Race village.



Color Me Rad: a festive and colourful run, 4500 participants registered. Starting from Lorient la Base at 4 pm. DJ animation on the return of the runners on the Grande Scène.


Pilates from 11 am to 12: Petite Scène.


Zumba from 12.30 – 1.30 pm: Petite Scène.


Kung Fu at 2.30 pm, 4 pm and 5.30 pm: Petite Scène.


Visit of Tara, scientific exploration yacht from 9 am to 11.30 am: pontoon Lorient la Base.


Concert Fuzeta then Miossec at 9 pm: Grande Scène.

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