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Sailing tradition

The Morny pond was created to launch port economy, but sailing started to be important for Deauville in 1880. English nobles came here by sailing boats or steam yachts: Star of India, Sona, or Cutty Sark are the names of the most famous boats that were moored in the Morny pond at the time. The activity of the Deauville yacht Club (created in 1928) was in full progress, and “Blue and white” meals gathered many yachtsmen and their friends. Sailing stars of the time came here to sail: Franck Guillet with his 8 m J.I. Coq Gaulois, Virginie Hériot and her 6 m J.I. Petite Aile, Serge Paulmier and his cruiser Solveig II, Philippe de Rothschild and his Cupidon Fou or the Olympic winner Jacques Lebrun. This passion for sailing, suspended during the war, was resumed in 1947. On several occasions, Deauville hosted the “Championnat de France des Dragon”, “Championnat de France des Requin”, “Rallye Nautique International” of the Touring Club de France. In 1962 a great traditional competition was launched for the first time: the Cowes – Deauville regatta.

SEE ALSO THE PHOTOS OF THE BEGINNING OF THE CENTURY

 

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1250 moorings in the port

Situated in a strategical position in front of the Channel, Deauville is an essential step for people coming from Great Britain, the North Sea or Anglo-Normand islands. With 1,250 moorings in total, Deauville has a great reception capacity, and is considered the second port in Normandy after Cherbourg.

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A port in the town centre – the municipal port

The Municipal Port is situated at the heart of Deauville, 300 m from the Place Morny and in front of the SNCF train station. About 400 boats are moored here all-year-round. The Deauville Yacht Club organizes the program of regattas, including about ten regattas from April to October, and runs the only sailboat cruising school in Calvados.

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Port-Deauville – the 2nd port

Extended on a 10-ha area and delimited by a 770-m granite-block breakwater dyke, this deep-sea port is accessible 16 hours per day. The unusual architectural design was conceived in the 1970s and found its inspiration in the concept of marinas.

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The Presqu'île, a new sailing district
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The Deauville Yacht Club, sport club

The Deauville Yacht Club, responsible for the activities of the municipal port, organizes, in collaboration with the City of Deauville about fifteen regattas per year, taking place between April and October. The Club also occasionally hosts national or international competitions, for example the “Coupe de France des J80” in 2010, the “Coupe internationale des 505”, the king of sailing dinghies. In 2013, Deauville hosted one of the steps of the “Tour de France à la voile”. In 2016, the Deauville Yacht Club will welcome for the first time the Figaro Classic gathering several Figaro 1 boats for a 4-round competition.

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Open international de Dragon

Deauville hosts every year the Open International de Dragon. For 4 days, in June, some racers coming from England, Belgium, the Netherlands and France will compete in a windward-leeward itinerary, that is to say sailing upwind among moored buoys.

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The Cowes- Deauville, fifty-year-old regatta

Following the itineraries of international racers having been competing in the Channel in the last century, every year in June a regatta between Cowes and Deauville has been organized for the last 50 year. This regatta, organized by the Royal Southern Yacht Club, the Royal London Yacht Club, the Junior Offshore Group, the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Deauville Yacht Club, with the support of the City of Deauville, has been hosting about one hundred English and French teams since 1962. A challenge: crossing the Channel at night, from Cowes to Deauville.

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The Solitaire organized for three times in Deauville

The “Figaro” gives a special aura to a competition in which the same type of boat is used by racers, awarding the best sailors and strategists. This legendary competition was and will be organized in 2014, 2016 and 2018. It’s a new hurdle for the city, which is not only a culturally-interesting seaside resort, but also a sailing area. Another ambition for the city is being recognized as a maritime and sport reference on the West-Channel coast. It’s a home port and a port of call for worldwide sailors.

 

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A sailing area

12 yachting harbours and more than 4,000 moorings, 2 stations with the certification “France Station Nautique”, about one hundred sport activities’ providers, the Calvados is sailing department offering various services. For more information, download the sailing activities’ leaflet HERE and the sport leaflet HERE.