After a two-year hiatus for health reasons, the Nautiques, 28th season, are back in Port-Camargue from April 15 to 18, sponsored by navigator Yves Parlier. This year, the great nautical festival is placed under the sign of ecology.
More than 40,000 visitors are expected at the largest new and second-hand boat show in the Mediterranean during this great celebration of pleasure boating. 250 exhibitors representing all sectors of the boating industry are spread over four tent villages. Dinghy sailing, water sports, habitable sailboats, speedboats, day fishing, motor yachts, paddleboarding, the choice is huge and the price range very wide.
Nauticals are climatic
The sponsor of this Easter weekend, Yves Parlier, a talented sailor-engineer with an impressive track record, has designed an original way of pulling ships that replaces sails and spinnaker with a kite-surf sail.
“I have always looked for how best to use the wind on boats, yesterday to win races, today to save our fossil fuels”he explains. The old sea dog will speak, during two conferences, of the LibertyKite which is a clever technique aimed at reducing the carbon impact of maritime traffic. He imagined this sail which allows you to sail without a mast when he has dismasted during a Vendée Globe. His dream is for the merchant navy to reclaim the wind.
The show will also give an important place to marine ecology with the Grau-du-Roi Seaquarium and the Marine Institute which will present their actions for eco-responsible yachting. Two films will also be projected on a giant screen by the Institut Marin: “The Ring of Fire adventure in the Mediterranean” on last September’s mission from Port-Camargue to the Stromboli, Vulcano and Etna volcanoes. The second screening “Beyond the Horizon” will be devoted to a documentary on the graulen navigator Kito de Pavant.
The enthusiasm of the French for nautical activities was not denied last summer. The return of foreign customers was partially hampered by the resumption of the epidemic and restrictions on international travel. Despite this, and although slightly shortened by the 3rd national confinement in April, the 2021 season was good for boating players.
Jean-Romain Brunet, the port director, concerned about respecting the marine environment, is behind a major blue economy project worth one billion euros, which has benefited all the ports and all the players in the nautical industry and the world of the Peach. Its priority project for Port-Camargue is the reconquest of berths with four main axes: the creation of 30 berths in the outer harbour, the creation of 28 berths for large catamarans along the southern breakwater, the development of a space for 100 dry boats and the allocation of scrapping bonuses for the oldest boats.
Anxious to promote land and nautical activities, he wishes to develop the role of the Maison du nautisme located in the heart of the port and which will be inaugurated in its new facilities during the Easter weekend. Also planned is the creation of a place for training in boating professions in the technical area and on the sporting side the creation, with the help of Kito de Pavant, of a Class 40 flotilla for training and preparations for offshore racing. Projects that will always take into account the ecological aspect and good integration into the marine environment.
Nauticals are exotic
Among the novelties to discover, the Waveboat, an original concept of boat propelled by a jet-ski. Delphia 13.50, a luxury yacht with a mixed sea and river programme.
Brig Eagle 8, a semi-rigid with sleek lines is presented in a T-Top version, powered by a 350CV Suzuki engine. Adventure 5.80 fishing, top-of-the-range semi-rigid, comfortable and welcoming, offers real navigation safety. Quicksilver 705 Pilothouse, for fishing as a lifestyle. Dufour 470, designed to offer strong performance, the design of its hull and the fluidity of its deck plan already make it an emblematic luxury sailboat. Bavaria C38, the latest addition to the Bavaria shipyard which is the progression of the “Bavaria C-line” designed by Maurizio Cossutti. Oceanis 34.1, more slender, lighter, more canvas, more spacious forward for the benefit of the owner’s cabin than its predecessor. Delher 38 SG, a race-cruiser sloop with elegant lines and a sporty look. Pilotsaloon 42, one of the latest additions to the range of transoceanic sailboats from the Wauquiez shipyard, which has a unique approach that meets all modern navigation programs by offering light, comfort and sailing pleasure.
Nauticals are wonderful
Several daily appointments on the podium at the microphone of Thierry Lefranc are scheduled. Among the highlights, two conferences by navigator Yves Parlier on his passion for ocean racing and his Libertykite invention for low-carbon navigation on Saturday April 16 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. “Eco-responsible yachting” at the Institut Marin du Grau-du-Roi on Friday April 15 at 3 p.m., the screening of the film “The ring of fire adventure in the Mediterranean” on Saturday April 16 at 3 p.m. The discovery of new water sports is planned, such as new sports practices and particularly paddle, whether physical or electrically powered. Also on the program are visits to the port and marinas by electric shuttle, every day, introduction to big game fishing with a simulator, competitions organized by the clubs and in particular a big game fishing competition which will take place in Port-Camargue. August 22-25. A visit to the SNSM lifeboat and the patrol boat of the National Gendarmerie Nautical Brigade with the percussion of a life raft is an unmissable event.
Also children’s stories by Elsa Schellhase-Monteiro, writer and biographer passionate about local history and heritage. It is by giving voice to marine animals that she also explains to children that protecting the environment concerns them because they are the adults of tomorrow. She will be present at the show to present and sign her books.