Being a serial pioneer of nautical events, eager to innovate and energize the Sailing community as well as our Vendée territory, the 'Sports Nautiques Sablais' yacht Club has the immense pleasure of welcoming the J 80 World Championship from the 7th to the 18th July 2018 in the very home port of the 'Vendée Globe Challenge'.
It is a great privilege for us to host a hundred or so boats crewed by more than 500 sailors, gathering thirteen nations who will be racing for 5 days in the bay of Sables d'Olonne. It is also an exciting challenge to receive more than 1,000 visitors or accompanying persons during this same period.
I am delighted and thankful to Ludovic Gilet, Chairman of the French J / 80 Class, and his board for having accepted our candidacy and for their trust in our capacity to match their expectations.
I would also like to thank all those who support us in this adventure: Word Sailing and the French Sailing Federation (FFV), our institutional and corporate partners. I cannot fail to mention the organizing committee, led by Bernard DEVY, our honorary president and friend.
I know that the staff of the Harbor Master of Port Olona and our many volunteers will show their usual dedication and know-how, they deserve our gratitude.
I will conclude, of course, by welcoming all those who will gratify us with their participation in this great event.
And … let the best win!