Over thirty boats entered for the Tour de France à la Voile 2015

Sports — By on December 5, 2014 at 8:06 PM
A view from the Tour de France a la Voile in 2013

A view from the Tour de France a la Voile in 2013

In brief :
– Over thirty teams will compete in the Tour de France à la Voile 2015
– The 38th edition will take place from 3rd to 26th July
– A new race format : stadium racing and coastal expedition races
– 9 Acts between Dunkirk and Nice

It’s been four months since the finish of the last edition in Nice and the annoucement of the Tour
de France à la Voile new boat, the Diam 24. And the trimaran builder, Vianney Ancelin, has had his
order book full. Furthermore, the entry list for the 2015 edition has been filled in just a few hours. A
big success for Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O) which aimed to gather a large fleet with this
new Diam 24 trimaran. The 31 entries have been revealed today at the Nautic (Paris Boat Show)
and the race director Jean-Baptiste Durier has announced the line-up and the venues of what is
set to be an remarkable edition.

An historical line-up
It has been more than seven years (July 2007) since the Tour de France à la Voile has had such a large
line-up. « This enthusiasm is reflected by the amazing momentum following the announcement of the new
format », says Jean-Baptiste Durier. They will be 31 teams to take part in this first edition on a Diam 24.
Beyou, Cammas, Guichard, Lemonchois, Riou, Rogues, Seguin, Stamm and Tabarly are amongst the
skippers who didn’t want to miss out. The title holder Daniel Souben, will also be back, with Thomas
Coville. Aside those renowned skippers, there will be some female sailors like Anne-Claire Le Berre and
Laure Caucanas, some other classes specialists (Bérenger, Moriceau, Rogues) and some enthusiastic
Corinthians. Damien Seguin will lead a disabled sailing project. Whilst the reflexions on the change of boat
were still in their early stages, A.S.O was already aiming for a varied line-up. In 2015, the whole family of
sailing will be gathered together in this Tour, and it goes even beyond with the double world freeride skiing
champion Aurélien Ducroz.

A show for the general public, on land and on the water
The spectators will enjoy some high level racing on the water, as all these sailors want to write their name
in the history book of the race. And the public will be closer from the action than ever. The Diam 24 will
« take the spectacle closer to the shore, and therefore to the public », said Jean-Etienne Amaury,
president of A.S.O during the announcement today. The stadium racing will be set right in front of the
beach or in front of the pier to offer a perfect grandstand. The cities where the Tour de France à la Voile
will stop are very enthusiastic about the race format revolution. The idea is to make the show more
accessible to the general public. In each town, one day will be dedicated to the short and spectacular
stadium racing, with live commentary and music. And the other day will see some coastal expedition races
to showcase some iconic parts of the French coast. On land, the Tour de France à la Voile will offer more
entertainement than ever throughout the Race Village and beyond, with concerts, beach attractions, and
event-branded cars full of goodies. Over the 9 Acts of the 2015 edition, the Diam 24 will be either berthed

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