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!

The Tour Voile has been part of the Urban Community of Dunkirk’s DNA for many years. The stopover of the Tour Voile in the city of the corsair Jean Bart remains a highlight of the seaside and tourist season and is a fabulous opportunity to discover the trimarans. An adventure to live for three days, rhythmed by a village located Place du Centenaire near the shops of the dam of Malo les Bains and the East pier which offers a perfect view on the nautical stadium.

In 2018, in addition to the music festival that will launch the summer season, the agglomeration offers all summer long numerous activities related to the sea and many facilities to visit (Port Museum, LAAC, FRAC, CIAC, Learning Center on Sustainable city, Palace of the Universe and Sciences, Zoological Park, museum of the print, ...).


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