GREECE, THE GUEST COUNTRY OF HONOUR AT THE GRAND PAVOIS LA ROCHELLE 2021
So why has Greece, a country of born sailors, not been guest country of honour at the Grand Pavois La Rochelle before now? This matter will be settled from Tuesday 28 September to Sunday 3 October, when this country, which has no point on land further than 100 kilometres from the coast, will be in the spotlight at the reference show for enthusiasts. It has to be said that the sea is everywhere, whether the Ionian Sea or the Aegean Sea. An amazing maritime area since there are estimated to be 6,000 large and small islands filled with a variety of colours and fragrances, villages with lime-washed walls, bewitching historic remains, and churches with vivid blue roofs. And what about the country’s amazing maritime history, the tribulations of Ulysses, Greece’s supremacy over the entire Mediterranean region as a thalassocracy or a true political power founded on the domination of the sea, not to mention Thalassa, the daughter of Aether and Hemera, a divinity who embodied the sea and more specifically the Mediterranean. Yes, Greece is truly blessed by the Gods, all the Gods!
And in addition to the sea and the sun, Greece is a cultural and political melting pot, a place where ideas, customs, languages, knowledge and people from South-eastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean have come together since Antiquity. There is also its music, songs, costumes and customs, not to mention its gastronomy, with a history spanning almost 4,000 years that owes its special characteristics to the pure and unique quality products from its land. Yes, the Grand Pavois La Rochelle is delighted to welcome Greece, its treasures, its culture, its gastronomy, its sunshine, its turquoise waters and its eternal blue sky. Thank you for being here with us, thank you for presenting your country to us where time has a different meaning, where the world is infinitely blue!
Dimitris Fragakis, Secretary General of the Greek National Tourist Office:
“It is a great pleasure for Greece to be the guest country of honour at the Grand Pavois La Rochelle 2021. The inseparable relationship between Greece and the sea is reflected in our long and glorious history, our traditions, and also our modern way of life. Throughout the show, the Greek National Tourist Office will propose a rich programme of events for young people and all our visitors, and will present the different themes of Greek maritime tourism and some new unexplored destinations. Because all you want is Greece!”
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80,000 VISITORS AT THE GRAND PAVOIS LA ROCHELLE 2021
2021 will remain forever engraved in the memory of Grand Pavois Organisation!
After being cancelled in 2020 due to the global pandemic and the introduction of the health pass in 2021, the Grand Pavois La Rochelle believed it would potentially see a 20 to 30% drop in visitor numbers for this edition organised in the unusual context of a health crisis. However, this year’s event contradicts and counters all forecasts since 80,000 visitors (editor’s note, 79,916 visitors) were present on the pontoons and alleys of the international in-water boat show, namely a 5% increase in relation to the previous edition in 2019.
DES TEMPS FORTS POUR TOUTES LES PASSIONS !
Invité d’honneur, bateaux de courses, bateaux événementiels, innovations, job dating, foils …
NIKOS ALIAGAS AT THE GRAND PAVOIS LA ROCHELLE TO SHARE MEMORIES THROUGH HIS PHOTOGRAPHS INSPIRED BY “GREECE AND THE SEA”
Greece, guest of honor at the Grand Pavois La Rochelle 2021, will be presenting the exhibition “Greece and the Sea” by Nikos Aliagas.
10 UNMISSABLE EVENTS AT THE GRAND PAVOIS LA ROCHELLE 2021.
Discover ten unmissable events from this year’s edition!
OLIVIA PIANA, THREE TIMES SUP WORLD CHAMPION, PATRON OF THE APRIL MARINE PADDLE JAM, THE GRAND PAVOIS LA ROCHELLE’S PADDLE GATHERING
JOIN US ON SATURDAY 2 OCTOBER 2021 FOR A UNIQUE SUP GATHERING!
THE GRAND PAVOIS ORGANISATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS CONFIRMS THAT THE GRAND PAVOIS LA ROCHELLE 2021 WILL TAKE PLACE.
Following the Board Meeting on Wednesday 25 August, the Grand Pavois Organisation Board of Directors confirmed that the international in-water boat show, the Grand Pavois La Rochelle 2021 will be held.
THE “HANDI CAP’ACCES” POLE FAVOURS PARTICIPATION BY ALL.
The “Handi Cap’Acces” Pole will celebrate its 11th edition this year at the Grand Pavois La Rochelle.
AN ECO-RESPONSIBLE APPROACH FOR ALL
The Grand Pavois La Rochelle adheres to the Charter for eco-responsible events in La Rochelle.
THE APRIL MARINE PADDLE JAM, THE GRAND PAVOIS’ SUP GATHERING.
Join us on Saturday 2 Octobre 2021 for a unique SUP gathering.
“A SHOW AS MUCH AWAITED BY WATER SPORT PROFEESSIONALS AS BY OUR ENTHUSIASTIC VISITORS”
MAKE A NOTE OF THE DATES FOR THE GRAND PAVOIS LA ROCHELLE FROM TUESDAY 28 SEPTEMBER TO SUNDAY 3 OCTOBER 2021
A COMPLETELY FOIL AND PADDLE YEAR!
Three Foil highlights will be on the programme at the Grand Pavois. An exceptional edition that will clearly be placed under the sign of Foil since three national level events will be on the programme on the weekend of the Atlantic show.
“SUSTAINABLE SAILING AND THE PORT OF THE FUTURE WITH EDF” AT THE GRAND PAVOIS LA ROCHELLE.
The Grand Pavois La Rochelle is focusing on the theme of “Sustainable Sailing and the Port of the future with EDF”.
YANNICK BESTAVEN,PATRON OF THE GRAND PAVOIS LA ROCHELLE 2021
Yannick Bestaven, the magnificent winner of the 2020/21 Vendée Globe on Maître CoQ IV, will be the patron of the 40th edition of the Grand Pavois La Rochelle.