After a record edition in 2018, the third DRHEAM-CUP will be held from 11 to 19 July 2020. There will be two courses once again, and one significant new feature: this time the competitors will set sail from Cherbourg-en-Cotentin bound for La Trinité-sur-Mer.
One year on from the second record edition, which gathered together 81 boats measuring 6 to 18 metres in length and crowned such prestigious sailors as Samantha Davies (Imoca), Thibault Vauchel-Camus (Multi50), Yoann Richomme (Veedol) and Charlie Capelle (Acapella-Soréal-Proludic), Jacques Civilise, Race Organiser, presented the broad outlines of the third DRHEAM–CUP on Tuesday 2 July in city hall in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin. In attendance were the city mayor, Benoît Arrivé, and representatives of the greater administrative district council of the Cotentin, the Manche department and the Normandy Region, the event’s partners.
This third edition, the dates for which have been officially announced as 11 to 19 July 2020, will naturally retain the event’s DNA which its creator is particularly attached to, namely an Open course, open to all boats and all formats (singlehanded, double-handed, crewed) and coloured by the triptych of competition-sharing-festivity. “The concept is based on the desire to connect people and regions: we want to create a link between the land and the sea, as well as between generations, notably via the Rêves de Large operation”, explains Jacques Civilise. The Rêves de Large operation consists of getting children and adolescents from rural inland communities involved in the race prologue aboard competing boats so as to open up new horizons to them.
Also keen to move the goalposts, the organiser of the event created in 2016 has rightly decided to introduce something new to the 2020 edition. Indeed, contrary to the previous edition, this time the sailors will set off from Cherbourg-en-Cotentin and finish in La Trinité-sur-Mer, sailing the two courses in the opposite direction: the DRHEAM–CUP 400 (428 miles) will pass through Shambles West, in southern England, Wolf Rock, the Scilly Isles and Ushant, whilst the DRHEAM–CUP 700 (736 miles), reserved for the faster boats, will add the Fastnet off southern Ireland to the programme.
Before setting sail across the English Channel, the Celtic Sea, the Iroise Sea and the Atlantic, the competitors, offshore racing professionals and amateurs, will be entitled to share some great moments in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, where a great wealth of festive entertainment is scheduled from 11 to 15 July (including the grand firework display on 14 July). A year ago, this event gathered together over 60,000 people in and around the streets of the large Norman marina. Suffice to say then that this 2020 edition of the DRHEAM–CUP is already gearing up to be a most auspicious occasion and Jacques Civilise is hoping for an abundant participation.
Jacques Civilise, organiser of the DRHEAM CUP: “I’m very happy to be able to officially announce the dates for the third edition of the DRHEAM–CUP here in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, a town of which I’m particularly fond. I’d especially like to thank the City of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, the greater administrative district council of the Cotentin, the Manche department and the Normandy Region for their support,all of whom are keen to make the DRHEAM–CUP a great event that is here to stay, together with the Morbihan department, the Auray Quiberon Terre Atlantique district planning authority and the Town of La Trinité-sur-Mer. I’d also like to thank the Port Chantereyne and Ports de Normandie, who provided a fantastic welcome in 2018, and the Compagnie des Ports du Morbihan and the Port of La Trinité-sur-Mer for all the effort they put in to accommodating us at the height of the summer, as well as the watersports clubs who help to create the DRHEAM–CUP, the Yacht Club de Cherbourg, the Société Nautique de La Trinité-sur-Mer, the UNCL and the Yacht Club de France, not to mention the French Sailing Federation (FFV).”
Benoit Arrivé, Mayor of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin: “In 2018, the hosting of the Drheam–Cup fleet at the heart of the city created a new dynamic around the basins and livened up the dockside. We’ve set up a new race in our region, an event which we want to be a wonderful nautical, touristic and festive occasion. Through these major nautical events we host on a regular basis, each year we are gaining even more of a foothold for our city and our port in the landscape of French and British boating. Showing that we’re a great marine venue and an exceptional basin for sailing is important”.