La Rochelle

La Rochelle: Departure City


La Rochelle was the starting point for the 40th Mini-Transat in October 2017. It will be in September 2019 and it’s not due to chance. Resolutely oriented towards the ocean, the territory has a constellation of professions, skills and activities related to the ocean that gives it a solidly anchored maritime identity.

La Rochelle is regularly chosen as the starting, stopover or arrival city for major races. It is also the host, preparation and training port for many skippers and sailing champions who work here in the heart of a unique nautical ecosystem. With its marina, which is one of the largest in the world with nearly 5,000 floating berths, and an exceptional concentration of nautical companies, La Rochelle is now a reference in the field of maritime economics.

La Rochelle is the cradle of the Grand Pavois, one of the largest international exhibitions in the world. The departure of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère on 22 September, at the very moment when this major nautical event will be held, is already shaping up as a highlight, both on land and at sea.

"It remains for me to wish the 84 sailors involved a great race. And to warmly thank Charline Picon for agreeing to be the godmother of this La Rochelle’s edition of the Mini. Thank you to this great champion from the Pôle France Voile of La Rochelle, whose simplicity and commitment are a source of inspiration for all sailors".
Jean-François Fountaine
Presidente of the Communauté d’Agglomération
Mayor of La Rochelle


Throughout the year, the Atlantic Pole 6.50 in La Rochelle welcomes around twenty skippers. Among them, Julien Pulvé from La Rochelle was twice world champion in Open 5.70 in 2009 and 2010 before taking the start of the Mini in 2013. In 2015, he finished 2nd in the overall ranking, breaking the record for the number of miles covered in 24 hours alone on a Mini series. In June 2017, he reached the top of the "bizuths" ranking for his first participation in the Solitaire of Figaro. Marta Guemes, from the Canary Islands, entered the race and joined the La Rochelle Training Centre in early 2017. Valentin Massu, form La Rochelle, has been selected by the association "Challenge Espoir Mini-Transat" to benefit for two years from the provision of a Mini and be supported in his project. Hope of the Société des Régates Rochelaises in Open 5.70, MBA student at Sup de Co La Rochelle and founder of the Sup Sailing Cup in 2017.