By Iminza Keboge and eTurboNews
Published December 14, 2017
A sailing competition designed to take place in a relaxed atmosphere in the Indian Ocean returns May 27 – June 3, 2018.
The Seychelles Regatta competition, that shall set sail from the Eden Island Marina, is planned to begin when the southeast trade winds kick in.
The sporting event was first launched in 2009, and held for three consecutive years until 2011 when it took a break for what Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, the
island country’s Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine Affairs, describes as ‘various reasons.’
Ambassador Loustau-Lalanne says the sailing event ‘goes well with the Seychelles image’ and that the country will ‘try and do this annually.’
The event is organised by Publi Voile, a France-based company, with the support of the Seychelles authorities including the Ministry of Tourism and
Seychelles Tourism Board.
The aim of the Seychelles Regatta, the organisers say, is ‘to offer a balance of a rigorous sailing competition and tourism by encouraging a discovery of the
With 10 international skippers being targeted the event aims to attract male and female professional international skippers, five — Michel Desjoyeaux,
Samantha Davies, François Gabart, Loick Peyron, and Roland Jourdain — of who have already confirmed their participation.
The Seychelles Tourism Board, which is coordinating the event locally, with the support of the Seychelles Yachting Association, invites local sponsors to
support the event and local sailors to also register for the competition.
“We are targeting 20 boats in total, each carrying a crew of six to eight sailors, so we still have space for more participants to come in. Having local
participants will help showcase the local flavour considering the competition is set to attract international press,” says Sherin Francis, Chief Executive
Officer of Seychelles Tourism Board.
Interested participants have until the end of January 2018 to register. Details of the event are online at theseychellesregatta.com/.