Normandie Maritime, the regional cluster for the blue economy created on the occasion of the merger of the two Normandy countries, takes over from Filière Nautique Normande (F2N) for the promotion of yachting. Naval architect Vincent Lebailly, his vice-president in charge of yachting, outlines the policy for the sector.
Normandie Maritime has just celebrated its first year. What are its main areas of work for pleasure boating?
There are 4 main axes. The first objective is to enable Normandy companies to communicate better with each other and to be better seen outside. It helps visibility, especially at trade fairs and with the stand at the Nautic.
The second goal is to bring them together and create a network and knowledge. The Wettoncraft project is a good example of this, where we are 4 Normandy companies, with the Shoreteam and AASM sites, and my architectural firm.
The 3rd axis is to carry out targeted actions on studies with our members. The current project is the Norman port of the future. We had previously worked on the sea base, a floating island.
Finally, we are also working on the support division. We created the first nautical nursery in Caen Norlanda 10 years ago, in 2008. I have benefited from it myself. This corresponds to our nautical economic fabric with many small structures.
What is the profile of Norman nautical companies?
We have an economic fabric very oriented towards specialized nuggets and top-of-the-range know-how. We see know-how being created on amphibious boats. We are also drawn to the travel boat by the important shipyards of Garcia and Allures.
What are the objectives of the Norman Port of the Future project?
The nautical offer and its attractiveness in Normandy must be renewed. We need to increase the turnover of boats and make them sail. In Normandy, 5 km from the coast, we forget that there is the sea! There are many suction cup boats and there is a lack of stopovers. The objective is to move yachting in Normandy, for example those who do not participate in the Stopover Passport, because those who suffer are the sellers of boats and equipment or service providers who are directly linked to the activity of marinas. On the port of the future, we work in partnership with Cherbourg and Ouistreham.