- August 3, 2016 at 2:46 pm #498
The bid from the Paris 2018 hosts has the sailing taking place at l’Île de Loisirs de Jablines-Annet – a watersports centre with a large lake approximately 1hr NE of the centre of Paris using Hobie and Dart beach catamarans.
Initially it was suggested that the sailing facility used for the event would supply the boats but this is now in doubt, hence registration has not opened. http://www.paris2018.com/sports/sailing/
The feedback from those sailing in Cleveland, and from submissions from GLORY, was that many of those who have participated in previous Gay Games regattas would not want to participate in the regatta using catamarans and at that location.
It has been suggested a better solution would be to have the regatta on the coast (e.g. La Rochelle) using keelboats over a long weekend before the Gay Games start so that participants can enjoy the regatta using boats they are more familiar with (that would allow a wider range of sailors to take part) and then transfer to Paris to enjoy the Gay Games experience.
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