After two successful editions, the DRHEAM-CUP will take it to the next level in 2020, with the first OPEN DE FRANCE DE COURSE AU LARGE, bringing the organiser, DRHEAM-PROMOTION, one step closer to making this event open to all. With this in mind, a third course, the DREAM-CUP 1100 will be organised for Ultime trimarans.
Created in 2016, the race will celebrate its third edition in 2020 with LA DRHEAM-CUP CHERBOURG-LA TRINITÉ, on a course that will take participants in the opposite direction to 2018. It will start in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin and finish in La Trinité-sur-Mer (18-27 July). This third edition, remaining true to that « competition, sharing, celebration » motto at the root of the success of the two previous editions, will be marked by one major innovation, since it will be the first OPEN DE FRANCE DE COURSE AU LARGE. 


« Since its creation, la DRHEAM-CUP has considered itself a major « OPEN » offshore race, open to all boats, from Mini 6.50s to large multihulls, all formats, solo sailors, double-handed teams and crews, and all publics, amateurs and professionals. This founding principle, which I am very attached to, is strengthened by the OPEN DE FRANCE de COURSE AU LARGE label”, explains Jacques Civilise, creator and organiser of the race.

The organiser of la DRHEAM-CUP CHERBOURG-LA TRINITÉ, in addition to rewarding winners by class, will present three OPEN DE FRANCE de COURSE AU LARGE special trophies: to the first monohull and first multihull in the DREAM-CUP 700 (740 nautical mile course), the first boat in the DRHEAM-CUP 400 (430 nautical mile course) and the first multihull in the DRHEAM-CUP 1100. A new and very technical 1100 nautical mile course will pass Wolf Rock, the Isle of Man and the Fastnet, for Ultime trimarans, an illustration of the « OPEN » spirit of the DRHEAM-CUP-LA TRINITÉ.

The exemplary collaboration between the four major Yacht Clubs organising the race also testifies to this open spirit: the Yacht Club de France, the new Organising Sporting Authority, the UNCL-Union Nationale pour la Course au Large, sporting partner, the Yacht Club de Cherbourg and Société Nautique de La Trinité-sur-Mer, overseen by the Fédération Française de Voile. « I wish to warmly thank them all, as my « DRHEAM », from the very beginning, has been to organise a major event, the result of a real synergy between the driving forces of sailing in France.”

Philippe Héral, President of the Yacht Club de France adds: »For over 152 years, the Yacht Club de France has remained true to the mission that underpins its success: the development of yachting in all its guises; whether cruising or racing, it defends and promotes our values, those of all sea goers: solidarity, courtesy and moral elegance.

In supporting this event, the Yacht Club de France shows its commitment to greater involvement in offshore racing. There is no doubt in my mind that with its natural partners, the Yacht Club de France, through its authority, experience and the shared passion of its members, will create a dynamic that will make this race even more attractive and appreciated by the offshore racing world and all yachting enthusiasts.”

« An event such as this one could not happen without the strong commitment of major partners, who I wish to warmly thank », continues Jacques Civilise.

First, the City of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, and its mayor, Benoit Arrivé, who has stated: « Major race organisers do not choose Cherbourg-en-Cotentin by chance. Port Chantereyne is the largest deep water port in the Manche area, protected by one of the largest artificial outer harbours in the world, in an exceptional location for sailing, opening on the Channel Islands… Our city has unrivalled advantages for sailors, with structured nautical and naval services and a welcome appreciated by all, which we promote through this type of event”. An international status, recognised by the RORC – Royal Ocean Racing Club, which has chosen Cherbourg-en-Cotentin as the finish port of the mythical ROLEX FASTNET RACE.

A choice confirmed by Jean-Louis Valentin, Chairman of the Urban Committee of Cotentin which « also intends to actively participate in the influence of the area by supporting events that increase its attractiveness. La DRHEAM-CUP is a great example of this and fully reveals that advantages of our City.”

The event is also supported by the Manche County Council and its Chairman Marc Lefèvre, who adds: The « Manche attitude » perfectly summarises this: a county that knows how to welcome visitors, is adventurous and loves the open air! Also, through our Plan Nautisme (Watersports plan), we are proud to welcome very high quality watersports events, such as La DRHEAM-CUP, which reveals other aspects of the Manche county. «  

Similarly, « The Normandy Region supports all watersports events, which greatly increase the attractiveness of our area. We are delighted to support this event that will bring together amateur and professional crews », declares the Chairman, Hervé Morin. 

« The DRHEAM-CUP spirit is to bring together People and Regions » explains Jacques Civilise. A well-received person-focused dynamic, as François Goulard, Chairman of the Morbihan County Council, explains: « Located in South Brittany, Morbihan has unique natural advantages for watersports and sailing. The County is delighted that this fantastic location is promoted through offshore races such as the DRHEAM-CUP. This race combines performance and solidarity, human and maritime adventure and brings together amateurs and professionals in a port famed for its competitions and regattas: La Trinité-sur-Mer.” 

« We wish to thank all our private and media partners whose contribution is essential to the success of the event » adds the organiser.


Sylvie Viant will not be available next summer, Hervé Gautier will therefore take over as Race Manager for the DRHEAM-CUP CHERBOURG-LA TRINITÉ: « I was delighted to accept Jacques Civilise’s offer to take over from Sylvie Viant. First, because managing such a major race will be a great step up in my career. And second because as a sailor, I love the format. I have taken part in many similar events, such as the Fastnet, the Middle Sea Race, the Bermuda Race and the Caribbean 600. It is both a sprint and an endurance test, typically the type of race in which very good amateurs can rival professionals. The courses organised during the DRHEAM-CUP CHERBOURG-LA TRINITÉ are very complete, in the Channel, along the British coast, the Irish sea and the tip of Brittany, a playground well known to semi-offshore racers, which offers varied conditions and multiple twists to the finish line. »


Diary dates for the DRHEAM-CUP CHERBOURG-LA TRINITÉ 2020: – Saturday 18 July: Opening of the race village in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin
– Monday 20 July: DRHEAM-TROPHY (prologue)
– Wednesday 22 July: Start of the DRHEAM-CUP CHERBOURG-LA TRINITÉ
– Friday 24 July: Arrival of the first boats
– Monday 27 July: Prizegiving