The Minimes Boating Port, the largest on France’s Atlantic Coast, can accommodate 3 500 boats and is equipped with three 120-metre jetties.
For more than a century, the city built up its port, above the ocean. From its creation, it attracted the world’s foremost sailing competitions.
La Rochelle’s climate will be very important in helping the athletes recover. With mild temperatures in the evenings, the athletes will be sure to awaken fully refreshed.
The site is set up and organised in such a way that the high influx of tourists during the summer will, by no means, prevent the Games from running smoothly.
Everything is already set for the Paralympic Games in La Rochelle, one of the few ports in Europe equipped with facilities for disabled crew.
La Rochelle boasts excellent weather conditions: regular seawinds guaranteeing steady, fair conditions.
La Rochelle holds the advantage of allowing fans to follow the regattas from on land. Viewing areas will be set up specially for this.
The Minimes venue will offer sailors a 3 300-hectare expanse of water, naturally protected by Ré and Oléron Islands.
Close quarters: under La Rochelle’s plans for the 2012 Games, there will be no more than 2 000 metres between the future Olympic Village, the sailing area and the heart of the city.