Coronavirus, update on events postponed, cancelled or maintained

The health crisis linked to Covid-19 in France forced the organisers to postpone their events. Shows and regattas are either cancelled or postponed. On the eve of the deconfinement, it is time to take stock of the events you may or may not be able to attend this year.

The presence of COVID-19 and the prefectoral decisions to contain it have forced event organizers to reduce sail area. Due to the ban on gatherings and the transfer of all sporting activities, boat shows, regattas and offshore races are the most affected. The following is a list of events that have been postponed or cancelled.

Nautical events postponed


The SNIM (International Mediterranean Nautical Week) is organizing its 55th edition. This regatta, which welcomes 150 yachts initially scheduled from April 10 to 13, 2020 (Easter weekend), is finally postponed from September 18 to 20, 2020 in the harbor of Marseille. This is the second postponement, after the initial date of 14 July.

Spinnaker West France

The Spi Ouest France, a regatta organised from 9th to 13th April 2020 (Easter weekend) which brings together more than 400 boats is postponed from 25th to 27th September 2020. It will be the 42nd edition.

The Massilia Cup

The Massilia Cup was to open the Mediterranean season in Marseille from 27th to 29th March 2020. It is finally,postponed from 25 to 28 September 2020 September. The race will therefore be held at the same time as the Duo Sails regattas, the last event of the double IRC Mediterranean Championship.

This 39th edition is open to solo sailors and crews in IRC and OSIRIS, and also welcomes Monotypes and Sportboats: J70, SB20 and Grand Surprise.

The Solo Master Rooster

The Figaro 3 regatta that was supposed to open the season has finally been postponed. The 2020 edition, which was due to take place from 13th to 22nd March at the start in Les Sables d'olonnes, will be raced later. In spite of the few starters (27 solo sailors), which probably wouldn't have moved the crowds, the race organisation has decided to follow the FFV's recommendations not to organise any events. The race took place virtually on the specialised Virtual Regatta website.

The Championship of the world of 470

The 470 World Championship that was scheduled to take place in Palma from March 13 to 21, 2020 will not take place. The organization announces a postponement but for the moment no date has been announced. The French women's team represented by Camille Lecointre and Aloïse Retornaz has decided to return to France.

Corsica Med

The first edition of the Corsica Med - an extended program of the Mini Med, a race open to Mini 6.50 - originally scheduled from 4 to 10 May 2020 is rescheduled around 1 May 2021.

JEC Salon

The international trade fair for composite materials, JEC World, scheduled for March 3-5, 2020, has been postponed to May 12-14, 2021. This international exhibition takes place in Paris (Parc des expositions de Villepinte).

Wind Challenge

The Wind Challenge event, which was scheduled to celebrate its 20th anniversary from May 20 to 24, has been postponed for one year. The 1500 participants are now expected on the starting line from May 13 to 16, 2021 in Gruissan.

Kite Challenge

The event which was supposed to gather a record number of kites from May 15 to 17 is postponed for one year. The 500 kites are now expected on the start line from May 7 to 9, 2021 in Gruissan.

Défi Kite 2019 © Défi Kite / Jean Souville

Duo Max

Scheduled for June 17-28, the 14th edition of the Duo Max is also deferred to 2021.

The Olympic Games

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have been postponed for the first time in their history. The Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will now be held on 23 July 2021.

Brest 2020 International Maritime Festival

The four-yearly event, which was scheduled to take place from 10 to 16 July, has been postponed but no new dates have yet been communicated.

The Sunshine Islands Rally

The 4th edition of the Rallye des Iles du Soleil which was due to start at the end of October 2020 is postponed to 2021. The start will be given on Sunday, November 7, 2021 from the Marina la Palma (Santa Cruz de La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain) to Mindelo on the island of Sao Vicente in Cape Verde, the first stage of this 4th edition.

The College Nautical Challenge

The 2020 edition of the Challenge nautique des collèges du Finistère, which was due to take place on 17th June in Fouesnant, will not be able to take place due to the health constraints imposed on Covid-19.

The Tour of Finistère by Sail

Co-organised by Finistère 360° and the Comité Départemental de Voile, the 35th edition of the Tour du Finistère à la Voile was to be held from 25 July to 1 August. The Tourduf brings together around 80 boats and 450 to 500 participants each year.

La Grande Parade Maritime Brest-Douarnenez

The Great Maritime Parade planned for July 16 was to bring together about 1000 crews, for 5000 people at sea and about 30,000 spectators on land. It was the link between the maritime celebrations in Brest and Temps Fête in Douarnenez.

Sail GP

Season 2 of SailGP is postponed to 2021. Of the four impacted events, two have already been rescheduled for 2021 - San Francisco on April 17-18 and New York on June 4-5. SailGP also plans to return to the UK and Denmark in this rescheduled Season 2, replacing events that were scheduled for August 14-15 and September 11-12 this year.

Season 2 will be extended from five to a minimum of seven events over a period beginning in April 2021 and lasting until the first months of 2022. The results of Sydney SailGP 2020, this year's first and only event, have been declared null and void.

The Transquadra

The Transquadra - the single-handed and double-handed transatlantic race reserved for amateurs over 40 years of age - set off from Marseille on 14 July 2020 for the first time in its history. The start will finally be given on 13th August 2021 in Marseilles, for a Mediterranean fleet estimated at 25 competitors, and on 18th August 2021 in Lorient for around 75 competitors based in the English Channel or the Atlantic, with the two fleets due to meet in Funchal (Madeira) at the end of the first leg. The last leg will be run by all participants in February 2022, between Funchal and Le Marin (Martinique).

Cancelled nautical events

The Nauticales of La Ciotat

Salon de la Ciotat annumé suite au Coronavirus

The 2020 edition of the afloat boat show "Les Nauticales", which was to be held in La Ciotat from 14 to 22 March is cancelled. No date has yet been announced for the next edition. This cancellation was announced on 10 March (i.e. 4 days before the opening), by decision of the prefecture. A hard blow for this show whose infrastructure (tents, pontoons...) was already in place.

The Aix-les-Bains Boat Show

The 25th edition of the Aix-les-Bains Boat Show was to be held from 3 to 5 April 2020 on the Lac du Bourget. This boat show will therefore not be held this year in order to respect the ministerial order regulating the holding of events and gatherings until 15 April 2020, and in accordance with the press release of the Prefect of Savoie of 10/03/2020.

Stopover in Sète

The Mediterranean Sea Traditions Festival - which this year celebrated its 10th anniversary from 7 to 13 April 2020 - will not be held.

The Nautics of Port Camargue

For 26 years, the Easter weekend has marked the beginning of the season in Port Camargue. This fair, which welcomes around 45,000 people each year, has been cancelled. Scheduled from 10 to 13 April 2020, the prefecture has banned the event.

Mondial du Vent

The Mondial du Vent, which was scheduled from 11th to 16th April 2020 is cancelled.

B-Tower 2020

The B-Tour (Bénéteau's new fishing event, replacing the Barracuda Tour) was due to take place from 15th to 24th May in several towns along the French coast.

The Transat CIC

The next major multi-class transatlantic race on the calendar, The Transat CIC was to celebrate its 60th anniversary with a departure from Brest on May 10 and a village opening on April 30. The organizer, the CIC and the city of Brest are now looking forward with confidence to the 2024 edition of The Transat CIC, so that the history of this great transatlantic race can live on.

The Multihull Boat Show

The International Multihull Show in La Grande Motte, which was due to take place this year for the 11th time from Wednesday 15th to Sunday 19th April in the marina of La Grande Motte, will finally not have taken place.

Maintained events

The Cannes Yachting Festival

The first Salon d'Automne is scheduled to take place from 8 to 13 September and the organisation has not yet mentioned any postponement or cancellation.

The Grand Pavois of La Rochelle

The Salon Rochelais will be held from September 29th to October 4th, but the organisation concedes to have studied the possibility of a delay at the beginning or end of October. The decision will be taken at the end of June.

The Vendée Globe

The start of the biggest French nautical event, which every four years attracts millions of visitors to the pontoons of Les Sables d'Olonne, will be given on November 4th. This leaves little time for the skippers to prepare for this great round the world race on their 60-foot monohull. While some are in favour, others would like to delay the deadline. The organisers will decide on 15th June on the final organisation of the event.

The Nautic de Paris

The Paris show will open later this year, from December 5 to 13, 2020. While the organisation explains that it will be difficult to postpone the event, it is giving itself until 15 September to make its decision.

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