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Reunion Island celebrates 15th Sailing Festival

Reunion Island celebrates 15th Sailing Festival ( For the fifteenth consecutive year, on Sunday, July 6, 2014, boating will be celebrated in France, and so on Reunion Island as well. This day will be devoted entirely to sports and recreation in saltwater and freshwater. Water activities will await participants around the island, from diving to rowing and more.

Professional associations and Sailing Festival organizers will open their doors to the public to enable people to experiment with and discover water activities. Whether a seasoned observer, occasional joiner, or just starting out, there will be something for all tastes and all ages, providing a great day of water sports.


Reunion Association Dragon Boat (ARDB)

The Reunion Association Dragon Boat (ARDB), established in 2007, is a member of the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF). It has more than 76 members (countries and territories), including France, Reunion, and French Polynesia. The Dragon Boat Festival was inaugurated in 2009 to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list. As part of the Sailing Festival, the ARDB organizes a day of discovery and introduction to dragon boats on Sunday, July 6, at the site of the Base Nautique Mascarene Port.

9:00 am - Registration

9:30 am - Start of crew-briefing sessions (duration 30 minutes) per group of 11 people.

Content - The history and origin of dragon boats, the presentation of the dragon boat and paddle, the International Dragon Boat Federation, international competitions, safety, levels of command to run a boat dragon, investment in the dragon boat, and the role of each paddler.

10:00 am - Launching the dragon boat and navigation in the basin of Western Port. Repeat crew-briefing sessions for groups of 11 people.

2:30 pm - Regatta (200 meters).

4:30 pm - End of activities, cleaning and storage of equipment.

Club Nautique Portois

This yacht club will offer Portois excursions for about an hour on two boats - the First Class Sailfish and Europ Col'Vento First 38S5.
The audience is expected at the club between 10:00 am and 4:00 p,.

B'Leu Marine Meeting

The diving B'Leu Marine Meeting, with twenty years of experience, offers a festive day at sea:

- Discover the underwater environment of the West of Reunion Island (Saint-Gilles-les-Bains) via scuba diving.
- Boat trip to see the whales.

B'Leu Club Marine is located on the marina of Saint-Gilles-les-Bains in front of the dike.

Enjoy an exceptional 20% discount (booking advised). The offer is valid Sunday, July 6, 2014, and up to 2 months beyond the event (subject to conditions).

Watersports West

Base Nautique West boating party: Hobie Cat catamaran (type 15 to 18 feet) for everyone from 7 to 97 years! Come to Saint-Gilles-les-Bains AND share the pleasures of boating and sailing on this day of discovery and free beginners’ dinghy sailing!

Opening the site and launching boats at 10:00 am.

End of initiations to 5:00 pm.

Club Nautique de Saint-Paul

The Nautical Club of St. Paul offers an introduction to light sailing on a catamaran or dinghy for children and adults.

Reunion Rowing Club

Boat Day is an opportunity to learn and discover rowing on the Etang de Saint-Paul with the Reunion Rowing Club!

MEDIA CONTACT: Reunion Island Tourism Board, Tel: +33 810 160 000, Fax: +262 262 21 00 21, Web:

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