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That festival feeling 

That festival feeling 

Boat christening, crossing the Bassin Paul Vatine by zip line, introductions to traditional Brazilian sports, concerts, the Escape Game! The race village of the 2019 Transat Jacques Vabre Normandy Le Havre is offering a multitude of free entertainment for all; young and old. This festive and friendly atmosphere, much appreciated by the skippers, is part of the DNA of the Route du Café which should host more than 500,000 visitors this year around the pontoons. A tour of the activities whilst looking at the futuristic racing boats should not be missed.

For sensation seekers

The organisers wanted the activities in the village to be an invitation to experience, to share and to discover. Thus, the Escape Game organised in the magnificent Bateau-feu (a lightship), built in 1935 and now classified as a historical monument, leads the public into a pre-storm atmosphere in the middle of the ocean: the game is to successfully open a cryptex to find the map and escape giant waves and violent winds. Another adventure awaits those that brave the zip line! Charal, partner of one of the favourites to win the IMOCA class in his gleaming new boat, Jérémie Beyou, is causing a sensation with queues forming to enjoy this unique experience of flying above the Bassin Paul Vatine. Guaranteed thrills with a breathtaking view of the 60 moored boats.

For sport lovers 

There is permanent sense of cultural exchange between Le Havre and Salvador de Bahia, the race finish, in the village. The public are immersed in Brazilian dancing to rhythm of batucada every late afternoon. Every day, the city of Le Havre offers introductions to Brazilian sports, which are practiced on the beach or in the streets of Salvador de Bahia, such as CapoeiraFrescobolor Peteca. There is also an immersion into the world of sailing thanks to the Normandy League of Sailing, which is organising introductions to sailing. And on Wednesday, runners are invited to Skip'on runningfor a jog with the skippers.

For the artists

In order to raise public awareness about ocean conservation, there are activities which enable visitors to discover the environment and the marine animal and plant life, through games, writing workshops, and the “A bottle in the sea”contest. There you can learn to write a beautiful poem, which will go to sea, if selected, aboard one of the 60 boats. There is also a chance to engage with the ocean and make your mark on the mural made by the street artist Teuthis.

Festive and popular, the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandy Le Havre race village is accessible and free to all, as are the many activities on offer.

You can see the schedule for all of the activities here: