A tour of Martinique in four rounds

From Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 February, Martinique will once again host the Round Martinique Regatta from marina of “L’Étang Z’abricot” in Fort de France, and the new location for the official race village is well known to sailors and spectators.

The 21 participants registered in the 2020 edition of The Round Martinique Regatta will hoist sails for three days of racing along the coast of the ‘island of flowers’. As of Thursday, participants will meet in the marina of ‘Étang Z’abricot’ in Fort de France.

The first day dedicated to welcoming the sailors, registration procedures, measurement checks and the essential skippers briefing and drinks party for the crews.

Opening of the official village is a special moment, as it allows spectators and sailors to meet and mingle before the fleet sets off on Friday for the Round Martinique via the north.

The first round, called the Round Raid, is the main event, with an 80 mile race between Fort de France and the Marin.

This course will alternate between sailing upwind, downwind or reaching, on a sea protected by the coast or on the exposed Atlantic shores. For the other participants, the Round Rally will take them on a leg of about 20 miles between Fort de France and Le Marin.

On Saturday, all the competitors will head back to Fort de France and the marina of l’Étang Z’abricot for the Round Rock Race, around the Rocher du Diamant. Finally, on Sunday, the Round Bay will bring to a close the 2020 edition of the race.

Organised by the Yacht Club of Martinique (YCM) under the auspices of the Sailing League, in partnership with the Club Nautique Neptune (CNN), the Club Nautique du Marina (CNM), the Association Ven Dan Vwèl 972 (VDV972) and the Association Open The Barre (OTB), the Round Martinique Regatta 2020 is the major sailing event in Martinique.

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