The DRHEAM-CUP and the Yacht Club de France in partnership

Jacques Civilise, founder and organiser of the DRHEAM-CUP, Philippe Héral, president of the Yacht Club de France, and Jean-Philippe Cau, president of the UNCL, signed on Monday in Paris an agreement to jointly organise the third edition of the DRHEAM-CUP (18th-27th July 2020), with the Yacht Club de France becoming the new supporting club.

After two editions in 2016 and 2018 which were a resounding sporting and popular success, the third DRHEAM-CUP will be held in 2020, following the same formula: a major OPEN offshore race, open to amateurs and professionals alike, to all boats and all formats (single-handed, doubles, crewed), which is based on the triad competing-sharing-celebrating and focuses on the development of human relations, on young people and on women.

The same formula does not mean, however, that all will be the same and the 2020 edition will be marked by some major changes driven by the founder and organiser, Jacques Civilise: the course will be in the opposite direction to the DRHEAM-CUP 2018, that is to say from Cherbourg-en-Cotentin to La Trinité-sur-Mer, still with two routes, one of 736 miles via the Fastnet, the other of 428 via the Isles of Scilly. The dates have also changed: as the Cowes-Dinard will be held later in 2020 (17th of July), the DRHEAM-CUP will take place from the 18th to the 27th of July, with a start of the big race scheduled for Wednesday the 22nd of July, in order to allow boats having competed in the Cowes-Dinard and wishing to race in the DRHEAM-CUP to arrive on time in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin.

Another major and even historical change: the Yacht Club de France is becoming the supporting club of the DRHEAM-CUP: “As part of the step-up of the DRHEAM-CUP, I wanted to bring together all the driving forces of sailing and associate the Yacht Club de France, of which I am a member, to the DRHEAM-CUP. The UNCL, of which I am also a member, remains closely associated to the race as sporting partner,” said Jacques Civilise, who also relies for the nautical organisation of the DRHEAM-CUP on the Yacht Club de Cherbourg and Société Nautique of La Trinité-sur-Mer.

The joint organisation agreement between Drheam Promotion, the organising company, the Yacht Club de France and the UNCL, was officially signed late Monday afternoon during a press conference held at the Paris office of the Yacht Club de France. Philippe Héral, president of the latter, was delighted to see the institution established in 1867, which was bestowed Royal Patronage by Napoleon III, associated with an event already recognised as a French reference in the field of major international OPEN offshore races: “This initiative reflects the Yacht Club de France’s reaffirmed commitment to greater involvement in offshore racing. I have no doubt that with the organisers of the DRHEAM-CUP, the French Sailing Federation, the National Union for Offshore Racing, the Cherbourg Yacht Club and the Société Nautique de La Trinité, we will be able to generate a momentum to make this race even more attractive and appreciated by the world of offshore racing.”

For his part, Jean-Philippe Cau, president of the UNCL, said: “The UNCL, stakeholder in offshore racing, is delighted to partner with the Yacht Club de France to make the DRHEAM-CUP a wonderful event that, held biennially on even years, has ample space to follow the course traced across the Channel by the Rolex Fastnet Race, bringing together amateurs and professionals, headed by Jacques Civilise, who puts all his energy into the organisation.” Next meeting for the DRHEAM-CUP at the Paris Boat Show (7th-15th December) for the official opening of registrations for the third edition.