YANNICK BESTAVEN,PATRON OF THE GRAND PAVOIS LA ROCHELLE 2021
Yannick, the winner of an exemplary solo round-the-world race without any stopovers or any assistance, completed his circumnavigation in 80 days, 03 hours, 44 minutes and 46 seconds.
Yannick is a loyal and habitual visitor to the La Rochelle international in-water boat show. An essential event in the water sports calendar which he has attended as a competitor, as an exhibitor with his company Watt&Sea, and also as someone who loves the sea, boats and great stories.
Yannick Bestaven, the patron of the Grand Pavois La Rochelle 2021: “Le Grand Pavois? We were born practically at the same time. The event in 73 and me in 72. It has been part of my world for a long time. The Grand Pavois has a special place in my mind since its organisers were also the coordinators of the Mini Transat I won in 2001. Such wonderful memories with the entire team! Today, when you hear about the Grand Pavois, you think about one of the largest boat shows in the world, the one that marks the start of the year after the holidays. A professional team at the service of water sport professionals and all that based in La Rochelle. It attracts people from all over the world, both foreign and local exhibitors. It offers new encounters and new business. It is a vector of dynamism. I am extremely honoured to be the patron this year and wish the 2021 edition every success.”
A look back…
In competitive terms, Yannick has a packed list of ocean-racing prizes with victories in Imoca 60, including the 2020/21 Vendée Globe, Mini 6.50 with La Transat 6.50 Charente-Maritime/Bahia 2001 (editor’s note, Mini Transat), not to mention a double victory in the Transat Jacques Vabre in Class40 in 2011 and 2015.
Remember that at the start of his 2008 Vendée Globe, which sadly ended prematurely, on the former “Aquitaine Innovations” owned by his friend Yves Parlier, Yannick took up the challenge of using only renewable energies (sun, wind, water, etc..) to produce the electricity needed for the vessel’s proper functioning. It was a first that led to the creation of the company Watt&Sea in 2009 and the concept of the hydro-generator which Yannick and Matthieu Michou designed, manufactured and marketed. The aim was to enable racing and leisure boats to supply their own electricity to meet their on-board energy needs. A feat he succeeded since Watt&Sea hydro-generators have revolutionised electricity management, minimising dependency on combustion engines. A true revolution for long-distance yachts and racing boats!
2001, a look back at a long history with Grand Pavois Organisation!
A look back… 2001 will remain a memorable year in more respects than one for Yannick and Grand Pavois Organisation. Thar GPO (editor’s note, for Grand Pavois Organisation) organised its at first edition of La Transat 6.50 Charente-Maritime/Bahia (namely the Mini Transat, the first one to depart from La Rochelle on its way to Brazil via Puerto Calero in the Canary Islands), Yannick built his Mini 6.50 prototype with his own hands, the same as Arnaud Boissières who also built his one alongside him. Both of them set sail on their prototypes flying the colours of “Aquarelle.com”, both built according to Magnen-Nivelt plans. At the helm of the Mini 6.50 number 304, Yannick completed the route in 30 days, 00 hours and 23 minutes, winning the two stages and also the first edition of this Transat 6.50 Charente-Maritime/Bahia organised by GPO. Alongside him, Arnaud came 3rd at the helm of number 303. For the record, the name of Yannick’s Mini 6.50 was Satanas, while Arnaud’s was Diabolo… What a surprise!
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.
GREECE, THE GUEST COUNTRY OF HONOUR AT THE GRAND PAVOIS LA ROCHELLE 2021
A leading tourist destination, Greece is renowned for its stunning mountain landscapes, its natural wonders, its infinite coastline and its large and small islands, famous around the world for their unequalled beauty.
“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”.