Sailing Valley, the fast-growing hub for offshore sailing in Europe, is unfurling in southern brittany. The 150 km strip of atlantic coast is fast becoming one of the busiest centres for international sailing.
"Eighty per cent of the technical and human skills in ocean racing in France is found in Sailing Valley" says Christophe Baudry, director of Lorient Grand Large, an association formed to promote the economic appeal of the area. "One of the drivers of our development is our amazing local network of companies, our infrastructure, support and financing for sailing and racing" he adds. This geographic area - straddling the two Breton departments of Morbihan and Finistère - is home to the most successful names in ocean racing, such as naval architects VPLP and Finot-Conq, yards Multiplast and CDK Technologies, equipment-makers Nautix, NKE, Plastimo, sail and mast manufacturers North Sails and Lorima; and more importantly, the leading skippers ans team who appreciate Vannes and Lorient, together with La Trinité-sur-Mer and Port-La Forêt, for ideal economic and geographic conditions to train for the most challenging internatioanl sailing races - the Route du Rhum, the Vendée Globe and the Volvo Ocean Race.