Cool pictures of La Solidaire du Chocolat 2012 festivities

La Solidaire du Chocolat transatlantic race started 10 days ago after many festivities in the area surrounding the port of Saint Nazaire in France.

As an official supplier, we are lucky to receive exclusive pictures from the organisers.

In these, you will feel the warm reception from the public of the numerous concerts, parades and other activities; enjoy the particular atmosphere brought by mexican dancers, chefs and artists; and the gorgeous pics of the Port and the race start:

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Courrier Dunkerque won the 2012 Sailing Arabia -The Tour

Congratulations! What a great victory for the french team Courrier Dunkerque after winning 5 out of 6 legs of the 2012 Sailing Arabia race.

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The professional crew on Courrier Dunkerque, winner of the 2010 World Farr 30 Championship, boasts an impressive list of achievements. Skippered by Daniel Souben, from an Olympic background, the team counts an abundant ‘on-the-water’ curriculum vitae among its crew. This includes several titles as French champions in crewed offshore racing, world champion titles, participation in some of the most renowned races like the Transat Jacques Vabre and the Route du Rhum, as well as victories in the Mini Transat. With solid backgrounds on all manner of boats, the Courrier Dunkerque team has gained maturity, confidence and experience, enabling it to pull off some very fine performances.

Courrier Dunkerque is supported in its annual programme by the Urban Community of Dunkirk and Veolia Environnement. Sirius Evénements, the company behind the project with Daniel Souben, is supporting the team with the communication and marketing elements. Various partners with a presence in the Middle East joined the team for the event: Air France KLM, the hotels Novotel Al Dana Resort in Bahrain, Mercure Grand Hotel Doha and Ibis Muscat, as well as MaxSea International, which provided all the project’s digital cartography via the MaxSea Time Zero Navigator software.

MaxSea International was one of the official suppliers of Courrier Dunkerque. Follow us on Facebook if you are interested in more information about our partnerships and corporate news.

MaxSea, official supplier of La Solidaire du Chocolat 2012

MaxSea is glad to support the second edition of La Solidaire du Chocolat 2012, a transatlantic race between France and Mexico. Starting on March 11th from the French port of Saint Nazaire and ending 26 days later at the fishing port of Progreso, in the Yucatán Peninsula (by April 6th).

La Solidaire du Chocolat Route

The race, exclusively conceived for Class40 boats, will be preceded by a music festival in Nantes from 1st to 3rd March and other cultural activities like a big parade on the Loire River between Nantes and Saint Nazaire.

La Solidaire du Chocolat Class40 competitors

After 9.260 km, the sailors expect overseas a colorful and warmful welcoming committee in the Mayan territory, with traditional dances and music to celebrate the accomplishment of this transatlantic race that helped raise 500.000 euros in its first edition.

La Solidaire du Chocolat - Fishing port of Progreso
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MaxSea thanks the organization of La Solidaire du Chocolat for letting us participate to this great solidarity event in support of the people of Yucatán once again.

La Solidaire du Chocolat poster

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MaxSea teams up with french maritime photographer and sailor Jacques Vapillon

Jacques Vapillon - maritime photographer and sailor teams up with MaxSeaThe very talented and well-known maritime photographer Jacques Vapillon, famous for his sailing events and races worldwide coverage, will share some of his amazing pictures with our fans within our Facebook corporate page on a daily basis.

We’ll post the pictures here every week as well and soon, Jacques will also write a very special monthly chronicle about his own trips and adventures for us.

Welcome aboard Jacques!

Jacques Vapillon Bio

See Jacques Vapillon’s great pictures at: and Sea & Co

Some pointers …

1957 born in Annemasse, Haute-Savoie

1959-78 living in the south of France and Tunisia

1979 moved to Plymouth (UK) – College of Art & Design – photography section

1983 starts as a freelance photographer in La Trinite-sur-Mer.

1988 beginning of collaboration with DPPI Press Agency

1993 opening of his exhibition gallery at La Trinité-sur-Mer.

2004 began a sailing tour of the Mediterranean

2011 becomes a member of the maritime photographers group Sea & Co

Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Sailing Arabia – The Tour

Even thought the start of the race has been posponed due to the weather conditions, the opening ceremony took place as planned on Sunday, in the presence of His Highness the King of Barhain Hamad II.

Let’s take a look at this video,  recorded yesterday by our partner Courrier Dunkerque during the event:

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Nine teams from six different nations were scheduled to set sail yesterday, but due to strong winds, the race start has been delayed to 0700 hours local time today, February 13. The teams will race over 14 days visiting 7 stopovers, and covering 1.408 kilometres on their way.

Here are some pictures of Team Courrier Dunkerque:

Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad al Khalifa, President of Bahrain Olympics committee and Shaikh Khalifa bin Abdulla al Khalifa, Supreme Council for Youth and Sports and President of Bahrain Maritime Sports Association, were among those who joined Oman Sail CEO David Graham at the ceremony, to officially inaugurate the 2012 edition of the race.

MaxSea International wishes the best of luck to our partner Courrier Dunkerque!

MaxSea official supplier of Normandy Sailing Week 2012

Once again, MaxSea International is happy to be one of the official suppliers of the 2012 edition of Normandy Sailing Week 2012.

Normandy Sailing Week 2011 - Boat

For this 7th edition, that is going to take place in Le Havre from June 8th to 10th, MaxSea provided the event with MaxSea TimeZero maritime navigation software, charts and a Routing module, to be used by the race direction.

Normandy Sailing Week 2011 - Le Havre

Last year, the event featured 4 days of races, 112 participants, 106 yachts ranked, 89 races launched across 11 series, 3 race zones in a single day, split between 4 different fleets, harbor courses, one long coastal course around the Seine Bay and one offshore course for the M34s.

Normandy Sailing Week 2011 - Competitors

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MaxSea official supplier of Courrier Dunkerque at the 2012 edition of Sailing Arabia – The Tour

MaxSea official supplier of Courrier Dunkerque at the SATT 2012MaxSea is proud to become the official supplier of Courrier Dunkerque at this year’s edition of Sailing Arabia – The Tour (SATT). This is the only team not representing an Arab nation, sailing under the French flag, in a race in which a total of nine teams will take part, compared to six in the events inaugural year, including four Omani and four from the region.

With Daniel Souben as Skipper, one of France most experienced sailors, Courrier Dunkerque team won both the 2008 and 2009 editions of the Tour de France à la Voile, as well as the Farr 30 World Championships in 2010.

The race, aiming to promote sailing in the region, starts on February 12th and ends on February 27th with the following teams:

1 – Courrier Dunkerque

2 – Team Muscat 2012

3 – Team Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

4 – Al Thuraya BankMuscat

5 – Team Renaissance

6 – Team Commercialbank Group

7 – BAE Systems

8 – Team Ras Al Khaimah

9 – Team Bahrain

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La Solitaire du Figaro 2011 : Jérémie Beyou wins in Dieppe and is crowned king of the Solitaire du Figaro 2011

Today, Wednesday at 12:49:01 Jérémie Beyou crossed the line first to win the fourth and final leg from Les Sables d’Olonne to Dieppe. By finishing in Dieppe ahead of the rest of the fleet, and scoring his third consecutive victory, BPI’s skipper Jérémie Beyou was crowned overall winner of the 2011 Solitaire du Figaro, an edition he dominated from the outset. This win means he joins the exclusive club of double winners of the event.

The BPI skipper covered the 437 miles in 72 hours, 37 minutes and 1 second. It was one of the closest finishes ever for the race, with four boats flying past the line in a little more than 30 seconds. Second place went to Paul Meilhat (Macif 2011) just 12 seconds later, third to Fabien Delahaye (Port de Caen Ouistreham) 28 seconds after the winner and fourth to Erwan Tabarly (Nacarat) at within 35 seconds. Continue reading

La Solitaire du Figaro 2011 : Jérémie Beyou winner and overall leader in Dún Laoghaire

The 2005 Solitaire du Figaro champion crossed the finish line Dún Laoghaire not only to win the second leg but take the overall lead in the four-stage sailing race. Nicolas Lunven, the 2009 champion was second with Adrien Hardy, who won the stage to Ireland in 2010, third. Morgan Lagravière, was top rookie in 6th. The first of the four British sailors, Phil Sharp, was 23rd, just over an hour behind the leader.

The pewter grey skies cleared briefly to let some bright sun through to spotlight the first Figaro on the horizon and reveal the breakaway leader of the 46 solo sailors competing on the second of four legs that make up La Solitaire du Figaro race. The second leg, 440 miles from Caen to Dún Laoghaire close to Dublin on the East coast of Ireland, set off last Sunday and took just over 65 hours for the winner to complete. Jérémie Beyou (BPI), blew his spinnaker in the shifty breeze just a couple of miles from the finish, but had been surfing downwind at a blistering average of 14 knots, whilst keeping a close eye on his pursuers as he helmed his boat to victory at 10:15 in the morning. The successful and experienced French solo sailor, averaged 6.7 knots over the 65 hours and 25 minutes and 16 seconds. He was both jubilant and exhausted upon arrival. Continue reading

La Solitaire du Figaro 2011 : Perros-Guirec bursting with activity

The picture perfect town of Perros-Guirec in Northern Brittany has been a hive of activity since the Solitaire du Figaro race village opened and boats arrived last Saturday. The marina is full with the skippers making final preparations to their boats and the Race Village is bursting with activity. Final security and measurement checks are being made, moments of rest and concentration for others as they plan ahead to the Eric Bompard Cachemire Prologue race, scheduled for Friday 28th at 17:30. Continue reading