The big nautical events in La Manche

Regattas, boardsports festivals and open water swimming: dive into La Manche!
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Photo, © Jerome Houyvet

With its 360 km of coasts, La Manche is the ideal playground for watersports enthusiasts. Events organisers have understood this, and a number of famous events and qualifiers for national championships are held in the department in the summer season. Ocean yacht races, open water swimming competitions and boardsports festivals: come and challenge yourself or cheer on the competitors.

In july

Tour du Roc à la nage

For more than 55 years, this summer open water swimming competition has been an important sporting and festive event in Granville. Several races are held over the weekend to suit serious competitors but also amateurs and even children. The flagship event, the 5 km race, has been a stage in the French Open water swimming championships since 2001. The swimmers start from the outer harbour, swim around the Roc headland and finish the race at Plat Gousset beach. Are you ready to take the plunge and brave the strong currents in this sea swimming race?

Tour du Roc à la nage

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Photo, © Guillaume Godier

Le Tour des Ports de la Manche

6 to 12 july 2024

With its fantastic route, this is one of the most important regattas on the French coast, as well as a lively nautical festival. The race stops in all the main yachting harbours of La Manche and the Channel Islands, with around 100 boats expected for the six days of races.

In the evening, the return to the host port is the opportunity for the 700 or so sailors and spectators to enjoy a festive atmosphere, with different events organised.

Le tour des ports de la Manche

La Tatihougue

Do you fancy working up a sweat while you discover some magnificent landscapes? Then sign up for the Tatihougue race! Prepare to challenge yourself as you run and swim in the magical setting of the Bay of Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue. You can choose from the three different distances proposed for this race, and you can compete either alone or tied to a partner.

La Tatihougue

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Photo, © Cyril Crespeau - Tatihougue

La Drheam Cup, the French ocean racing Grand Prix

15 july 2024

This relatively new competition in the nautical world has already made a name for itself, on a par with events like the Fastnet Race or the Sydney Hobart. Organised every two years, the Drheam Cup is the opportunity for amateurs to test themselves against professionals. A qualifier for the Route du Rhum, it involves around 100 boats that compete to the delight of yacht racing enthusiasts.

In 2024, the race will begin in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin on 15 July and finish on 17 July in La Trinité-sur-Mer. From 11 July, the Drheam Cup village will be open to visitors for several days of fun in Cherbourg: exhibitions; boat trips and parades, concerts, and more.

La Drheam Cup

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Photo, © David Daguier - CD50

The Gliss'Festival

For two days, Barneville-Carteret resembles a Californian beach for a weekend dedicated to boardsports. The Gliss'Festival is a unique event that combines public participation and demonstrations of boardsports on roads, ramps and the sea. The best riders in the world put on a show to delight all fans. If you fancy having a go, you can try one of the different boardsports, with lots of activities also accessible to children.

To try: kites, rollerblades, long skates, scooters; BMX bikes and freestyle bikes, or if you want to hit the waves, skimboards, kitesurfs, surfboards and paddle boards. A fun festival for all the family!

The Gliss'Festival

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Photo, © Estelle Hertault

Rolex Fastnet

The world’s biggest offshore yacht race will celebrate its 50th edition in 2023. Starting in Cowes (Isle of Wight), the race will head through the choppy waters of the Channel before a festive arrival in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin.

The event involves more than 400 boats belonging to professional and amateur sailors, including some stunning yachts like the Vendée Globe IMOCA or the Class40. Cherbourg is already preparing to ensure this major event is a lively nautical festival.

Rolex Fastnet

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Photo, © David Daguier - CD50
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    Photo, © Jean-Michel Enault

    Drheam Cup

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    Photo, © David Daguier - CD50

    Rolex Fastnet

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    Photo, © David Daguier - CD50

    Gliss'Festival

In august

Eau libre en baie

This event held in Granville is a challenge that brings together novice and professional swimmers who all share the same passion: sea swimming. Several races are held over the course of the weekend: 1 km, 3 km and a 3 x 250 metre relay. The dream of the association that organises the event is to propose an open water race from Mont Saint-Michel to the Chausey Islands.

Eau libre en baie

In september

Rad’eau libre

In the heart of the exceptional setting of the artificial harbour in Cherbourg, this race has three different distance events to suit all swimmers: 500, 1 500 and 5 000 metres, with the latter being a stage in the French open water swimming championships. Why not take the plunge and take part in this race for an unforgettable experience?

Rad’eau libre

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