In Dunkirk, the tides are very pronounced, so precision, vigilance and strategy will be the watchwords at the start of the competition. New in 2018, in Dunkirk the three days of competition will be entirely devoted to nautical stadium racing.

08h00 Opening of “La Base”
09h00 Briefing Skippers
09h15 Big Departure Protocol – Official Presentation of the Teams
10h15-11h15 Training Races
11h45 Starting signal of the Races in Nautical Stadium
12h00-15h00 Phases of Qualification (regular information on the races)
15h30-16h Finale of the day of Nautical Stadium
16h30 Winner Podium on “Le Spot”
19h00 Closing of “La Base”

*Due to weather and sporting conditions, this schedule can be subject to modifications.

Host city


The urban community of Dunkirk at the heart of boating!

The territory of Dunkirk, one of the largest cargo ports in France, is totally turned towards the sea. It has two major nautical stations: the Dunes of Flanders and Gravelines. With 15 kilometers of sea front, all nautical activities can be practiced: sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, sand yachting ...

Two large marinas are located in Gravelines and at the heart of the town of Dunkirk.

Sailing competition plays also an important role since young seasoned sailors can join "Voile Ambition Dunkerque", pole of excellence supported by the Dunkirk Urban Community, the French Sailing Federation, the Dunes of Flanders and the Nord-Pas-de-Calais Sailing League. Thus, a young crew 100% trained in Dunkirk will line up at the start of the Tour Voile which will be held at the urban community of Dunkirk, in front of Malo-les-Bains beach, for the 32nd time!

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