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America's Cup

The countdown has begun for the Formula 1s of the sea

An unprecedented event in Toulon's habor, on February 19th the America's Cup was the subject of a press conference gathering actors, organizers and partners. It was the opportunity to measure the scope of a meeting combining technical feats, international sensations, teamwork and a deliberately popular show.

It will be an outstanding show! From September 9th till September 11th, the most beautiful European natural harbour will welcome the only French stopover of Louis Vuitton America Cup's World Series, the preliminary circuit featuring six competitors. Franck Cammas, the iconic captain of  "Groupama Team France", did not fail to announce his enthusiasm, his desire to win this race of multihulls which fly above the water at 25 … even 40 knots and to take part in this world championship in Toulon which will become the San Francisco of Europe.

"The harbour is going to sing!"

Mayor Hubert Falco was anxious to thank all the partners involved in the project as well as the French Navy "without whom nothing would be possible in Toulon". He also specified that an event of such magnitude can only be conceived thanks to "our assets, our will, the confidence granted to our territory and the team spirit. For the occasion, the sport venue will not be Mayol stadium. The stands, natural this time, will be the beaches! And if, thanks to the RCT, we are already the European rugby champions, in September we will deal with world championships. Then, just like Besagne neighborhood, the natural harbour is going to sing to support our team!".

A free yet profitable event

Chances are high that the public will come in droves to attend such a popular event. "In 2015 in Portsmouth, we counted about 250,000 paying spectators", stated Franck Cammas. Yet, everything will be free in Toulon. And the regattas will not be the only meetings of the rich and varied program of activities which will also be proposed for these three days.

 

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A unique show on the water

They are the fastest boats of the world and the best navigators and managers will compete. 6 crews will race onboard their flying catamarans off le Mourillon beaches. The fleet of AC45s, powerful monotype hydrofoiled catamarans, propelled by a stiff wing, promises spectacular and fast races which the public will be able to enjoy from the beaches (which is rather rare).

A great and free event

Besides the races which will take place from 1:30 pm till 3:30 pm (and which will be broadcast on large screens), numerous sporting and cultural activities will be proposed onshore and offshore. Over three days, the whole city is going to vibrate at the rate the event: on beaches, in the le Mourillon district where "the village" will be installed, but also in the city center. It will also be the opportunity to promote the local know-how.

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