The 8th extreme yatch race: Vendée Globe has ended few months ago. In Les Sables-d’Olonne, this epic race has gathered an emblematic channel and more than a million of visitors passionate about dreams and ultimate performances.

As a matter of fact, I would like to remind that 92 TV channels from all over the world have broadcast many images of this oceanic and human adventure.

We are now pleased to welcome the J/80 World Championship, a reputed race which will be followed by all the sailing lovers worldwide. Sailing being a passion open to challenges within a mutual respect between the sea and sailors.

I have noted, and am glad to mention, that the model of the boat competing for this J/80 class race has been manufactured in our territory where the maritimization of the economy has become a flourishing reality bringing employments and wealth.

The organisers of this prestigious competition are our friends from Water Sports Sablais who, for this occasion, move forward in full crew! They have made sure to guarantee the cooperation of the International J/80 class association, the French Sailing Federation, numerous other partners and of course the City of Les Sables-d’Olonne.

Loyal to their high welcoming reputation, the city and its residents are ready to host with dignity international competitors who will make the most of an exceptional bay favourable to sea sports tactics.

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Didier GALLOT,

Mayor of Les Sables-d'Olonne