Initiation à la voile sur Optimists, à la sortie du port de plaisance du Havre

Sailing and watersports

5 reasons why choosing Le Havre

Regatta in Le Havre

First-class watersports hub just two hours from Paris

  • Le Havre: more than 1,300 berths, in a city of 250,000 residents
  • One of the only ports able to berth boats 24/7
  • Nearly 12,000 visitor boats a year, mainly from France, the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium  

  • Creation of a new pontoon with 25 moorings (2018)

  • The French city with the largest number of French Sailing Federation licence-holders

  • Fécamp: more than 800 pontoon berths, including 75 reserved for visitors, and 180 in dry port

  • 10% of French pleasure boats are in Normandy, i.e. nearly 100,000 boats

Professional areas close to marinas

  • L’Escaut : a new business park dedicated to yachting service companies in Le Havre (2018)
    • A quayside location, with easy access to the marinas
    • Very close to a specific careening area of 7 ha, with 2 lifting devices, and 2 wintering areas
    • Phase 1: 4,500 sqm including 3,000 sqm of buildings
    • Workshops, offices and from storage yards for rent from 100 sqm
  •  Le Havre, 1st French port for container export, and adapted sites for ship export preparation
  • Fécamp: warehouses available close to the marina
Escaut careening area
All mer cup 2016

The flagship site of competitive sailing on the Channel coast

  • Joint organisation and starting point of Transat Jacques Vabre, transatlantic monohull and multihull race (Class40, Multi50, Imoca and Ultime) held every 2 years
  • National sports competitions: Les Voiles Etudiantes, (regatta of leading French and international universities and top graduate schools), Le Havre AllMer Cup, (Championnat de France solo offshore racing competition), Normandie Cup (major gathering of Channel regattas)
  • Normandy Elite Team, specific support for high-level Normandy sailors from Ligue de Voile de Normandie (Normandy Sailing League)

A dynamic ecosystem of businesses involved in watersports and sailing

  • Repair mechanic for leisure marine specific training at AFPA (Fécamp)

  • Seine Estuaire CCI Club Nautic Pro, 15 watersports and sailing service companies, including

    • S2F Network, designer of tailor-made wireless networks for marinas with its R-marina solution
    • Albâtre Plaisance, boat sales and hire, sail-making, training boats and events
    • HDS, B2B trading of special paints for boats
    • Accastimer, maintenance and repair, crimping, installation of equipment, sales of boats and engines, etc
    • Voilerie Manche Innovation, member of the All Purpose network
    • Solutions Océanes Services, upkeep and maintenance of sailing boats
    • Le Havre Nautic, fittings, Mercury agent, dealer for Sunway, Jeanneau, Yamaha, Zodiac, etc
    • Fécamp Nautic, specialist in Ocqueteau, Guymarine, Suzuki, Sélection Plaisance, 3D Tender, etc
  • Potential partners for R&D in materials
    • Safran Nacelles, design centre for composite materials

    • Fimalin, dedicated to technical applications of flax

    • LOMC, Le Havre University laboratory for Waves in Complex Media, including a wave basin
Regatta in Le Havre
port of Le Havre

Significant public investment to develop sailing and watersports

  • Harbour plan: €20 million between 2008 and 2018 (City of Le Havre– Le Havre Seine Metropole Urban Community)

  • Improvement of pontoons and new services in the historic marina

  • Development of Port Vauban, a marina in Le Havre city centre  

  • Creation of the L’Escaut business park in Le Havre

  • Fécamp: construction of a slipway with capacity of 250 tonnes and renovation of pontoons and facilities in 2016
Normandie Maritime

Normandie Maritime


L’économie maritime représente 46 500 emplois en Normandie, soit 3,6% de l’emploi total. Une proportion doublée par rapport au reste de la France, montrant le poids de la mer dans le développement économique régional. L'association Normandie Maritime a pour objectif de fédérer les acteurs et de créer des synergies dans ce vaste secteur, de renforcer la compétitivité et d’accroitre la visibilité des entreprises normandes de l’économie maritime, particulièrement dans les domaines à fort potentiel et qui ne sont pas couverts par des filières existantes.


L’association est composée de 3 pôles : Construction – réparation – refit -  démantèlement ; Services maritimes ; Plaisance.


They have chosen Le Havre

Le Havre Nautic – Solutions Océanes Services – Albâtre Plaisance – Voilerie Manche Innovation – S2F Network – All Mer – Fécamp Nautic – Accastimer – HDS - Boatin'France



Key figures


  • Le Havre: more than 1,300 berths
  • Fécamp: more than 800 pontoon berths and 180 in dry port

  • €20 million public investment in Le Havre

  • Nearly 100,000 boats in Normandy

  • Nearly 12,000 visitor boats a year in Le Havre

  • The French city with the largest number of French Sailing Federation licence-holders

  • Nearly 100,000 boats in Normandy


Your contact



Charlotte Cardon

Business Developer

+33 (0)2 76 40 23 20