An international reputation

An ideal location

Thanks to the islands of Ré and Oléron, La Rochelle’s protected waters are an essential natural asset, a haven known since antiquity. Since the very early days of sailing, many major sailing events have taken place here.
Last but not least, the annual sunlight on the coast is the highest of the French Atlantic Coast, comparable to that of the Mediterranean Sea.
The superyacht harbour, as well as the Atlantic Port Rochelle, offer both shelter and ideal conditions for calls of any size of yachts.

Great Names of the Marine Industries

Famous companies located in La Rochelle and its area:

  • Shipyards: Amel, Gamelin, Fountaine-Pajot, Dufour, RM Yachts…,…
  • Naval Architects and Designers: Philippe Harlé, Philippe Briand, Jean Berret and Olivier Racoupeau, Michel Joubert et Bernard Nivelt, Marc Lombard, Alain Mortain, Axel de Beaufort, le CRAIN…
  • Renowned Sailors: Philippe Poupon, Isabelle Autissier, Christine Briand, Marc Thiercelin, Pascal Rambaud, Dominique Wavre, Loïc Bestaven, Antoine Albeau,…
  • Manufacturers and retailers: Lewmar, Brookes and Gatehouse, Sparcraft, Harken, Elvström, Z Diffusion, Goiot, JP3…

The reputation of La Rochelle has attracted the greatest sailing races in the world: Volvo (ex Whitbread) Ocean Race, Global Challenge…

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