CROISIERE LOIRE is a sport and tourism rally-cruise
which is intended for small sail and oar craft. This yearly event aims
at restoring and promoting environmental and leasure sailing on the
Organised by the Croisière Loire Association
which is composed of sailors of small craft as well as the inhabitants
of the Loire Valley.
This event invites participants from all over
Europe will take place July 3-8. 2005.
The itinerary covers a distance of about 150
Km. Participants will sail and row up from Bréhémont (Langeais)
to Oudon. The flotilla will be limited to about 20 boats with 60 participants.
Admission is by selective entry in order to
endow an international nature of the event. Early applications receive
PROGRAM AND ROUTE
Every day the rally cruise is split in two
legs, (two half days) with a lunch stop. The route for each day will
be at a daily skipper's briefing. The stages maybe raced either by only
sailing or only rowing, or by both.
At this time of the year is marked with beacons
From Candies to Nantes. The Loire estuary begins in Nantes.
The total route is divided into 6 stages:
03/: Brehemont-Chouzé sur Loire; 04:
Chouzé-Montsorreau-Saumur; 05: Saumur-Cunault-La Ménitré;
06:: La Ménitré-Les Ponts de Cée-Béhuard;
07: Béhuard-Montjean-Saint-Florent Le Vieil ;08: Saint-Florent
CROISIERE LOIRE is a water sports and touristic
event. Due to the nature of the river and the beauty of the area, it
is not a race. Therefore races with sail and oar will be organised at
the scalls in order to ensure a friendly classification at arrival.
Each participant will be informed of the racing
sail and oar rules.
All participants will be committed to safety
rules, crews will be notified of rules applied for the Loire navigation
at crew's briefings. Each boat skipper will have to sign up an attendance
sheet with a full description of its crew before each leg.
Several safety motorboats will ensure the
safety of the participants all along the course. On the fourth stage
piloting will be organized at "Les Punts de Cée", the
only spot with small difficulty.
At any time and following the decision of
the safety committee participants will have to submit to towage.
All participants enter CROISIERE LOIRE under
their sole responsibility. Skippers and crew on board are fully responsible
for damage to a third party. Owners and skippers are expected to cover
those and their own civil liabilities by a proper insurance contract.
They are expected to present an insurance certificate.
Each crew has to supply a medical certificate.
ACCOMODATION AND CATERING
All participants are responsible for their
accommodation and charges. Yet CROISIERE LOIRE will ensure the booking
according to the requests of the participants (which have to be expressed
as soon as possible) bearing on mind the constraints due to the summer
holiday season. Overnight stops will be located on the riverside in
camping sights or on river's islands. Participants will have to provide
all necessary equipment needed for these conditions (tents +sleeping
CROISIERE LOIRE will provide catering for
all participants on the basis of three meals/a day. Particular attention
will be given to the choice of food and drink during the rally-cruise.
CROISIERE LOIRE aims at offering a great opportunity
to visit the Loire Valley renowned throughout the world for its landscapes,
its architecture, its vineyards and its gastronomy. Crew members will
be able to discover old charming villages, Loire Valley's châteaux,
cave dwellings and more...Each stage will be the occasion to visit remarkable
sites and to experience the local hospitality.