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Tour de France à la voile is an annual yachting race around the coast of France. Inaugurated in 1978, it links the English Channel to the French Riviera and is held in July.

Famous skippers have taken part in the race, including Loïck Peyron and the four time America's Cup winner Russell Coutts. The race is, however, not reserved for professionals, and it also attracts amateurs and students thanks to three distinct rankings.

The race visits around ten harbours along the French coast. It includes one or two day coastal stages - that vary from year to year - as well as intensive regattas at the various ports. The boats are transported by road (trucks) midway through the race from stages held in the Atlantic Ocean to those in the Mediterranean Sea.


Every team sails on the same type of boat so that only the sailing skills of the teams are judged and not the boat engineering. The boats are about 10 m long and are designed for racing with a crew of 3 sailors. Different boats have been used since the creation of the race:

Period Boat type
1978 Écume de mer
1979–1981 First 30
1982–1983 Rush Royale
1984–1991 Sélection
1992–1998 JOD 35
1999–2010 Mumm 30/Farr 30
2011–2014 M34
2015– Diam 24

List of previous winnersEdit

Year Boat Type Boat Name Skipper
1978 - Marseille François Paillou
1979 - Dunkerque Joé Setten
1980 - Dunkerque Damien Savatier
1981 - Dunkerque Damien Savatier
1982 - Marseille Jean-Paul Mouren
1983 - Lanvéoc-Navale Benoît Caignaert
1984 - Europe Philippe Hanin et Dominique d’Andrimont
1985 - Côtes du Nord Yannick Dupetit
1986 - Le Havre Benoît Caignaert
1987 - Sète-Languedoc-Roussillon Pierre Mas et Bertrand Pacé
1988 - Sète-Languedoc-Roussillon Pierre Mas et Bertrand Pacé
1989 - Ronic Saône-et-Loire Richard Sautieux
1990 - Wasquehal Hans Bousholte et Philippe Delhumeau
1991 - La Ciotat Laurent Delage
1992 - Sodifac-Roubaix Jimmy Pahun et Jean-Pierre Dick
1993 - Saint-Quentin-en Yvelines Thierry Péponnet
1994 - Saint-Pierre et Miquelon Alain Fédensieu
1995 - Baume & Mercier – Force EDC-Paris Bernard Mallaret et Vincent Portugal
1996 - Edouard Leclerc – Région SCASO Vincent Fertin
1997 - CSC - Sun Microsystems Bertrand Pacé et Philippe Guigné
1998 - Nantes & Saint-Nazaire - Bouygues Telecom Luc Pillot
1999 Farr 30 Kateie Luc Dewulf
2000 Farr 30 Barlo Plastics Adrian Stead
2001 Farr 30 Virbac - St Raphaël - Générali Jean-Pierre Dick
2002 Farr 30 Nantes St Nazaire Pierre-Loïc Bethet
2003 Farr 30 CapSport Xavier Lecœur et Bernard Mallaret
2004 Farr 30 Bouygues Telecom Pierre Loïc Berthet
2005 Farr 30 Toulon Provence Méditerranée COYCHyères Fabien Henry
2006 Farr 30 Région Île de France Jean-Pierre Nicol
2007 Farr 30 Toulon Provence Méditerranée COYCHyères Fabien Henry
2008 Farr 30 Courrier Dunkerque Daniel Souben
2009 Farr 30 Courrier Dunkerque Daniel Souben
2010 Farr 30 Nouvelle-Calédonie Bertrand Pacé et Vincent Portugal
2011 M34 Sud de France/Languedoc-Roussillon Bertrand Pacé et Vincent Portugal
2012 M34 Toulon Provence Méditerranée COYCHyères Fabien Henry
2013 M34 Groupama 34 Franck Cammas

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