Act 7 - Nice, France
2nd - 5th October
Nice, on the French Riviera will be the final European stop of 2014 and Host Venue for the penultimate Act of the year.
The fleet will battle for supremacy on the Bay of Angels in front of thousands spectators who flock to the Promenade des Anglais to watch the racing each time the Extreme 40s are in town.
SAP Extreme Sailing Team race on the Bay of Angels in 2013 © Lloyd Images
A diverse international city rooted in history but looking towards the future, Nice is the capital of the Cote d’Azur nestled between Cannes and Monaco in the heart of the French Riviera. The city is enjoying a new dynamism under the direction of its Mayor Christian Estrosi, with the fifth largest population in France and the second most popular tourist destination with more than 4.5 million visitors a year who travel to Nice to enjoy the exceptional climate of this Mediterranean city.
Nice is no stranger to hosting world-class international sporting events, an achievement which was recognized when the city was granted status as the European City of Sport in 2011. The Extreme Sailing Series is held alongside 289 other international events hosted in the city including the French Riviera Marathon (Nice-Cannes), the arrival of the Haute Route Alps (also organised by OC Sport), the IronMan, the Nice Cote d’Azur ATP Tennis Open and most recently: the Francophone Games and the Tour de France in 2013. Other upcoming events are the European Masters Games in 2015 and the Euro 2016 – all events, which Mayor Christian Estrosi says, are important to the development of sport in Nice and the recognition of the city on the international sporting stage. “Sport has been a major focus of our policy since 2008 and is at the heart of the international aspect of Nice Côte d’Azur. The city boasts a unique location, at the crossroads between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea which is attractive, innovative, open to the world and ideally positioned to welcome international sporting events such as the Extreme Sailing Series”.
The City of Nice has invested a lot since 2008 in building and renovating sports facilities, such as sport centres, swimming pools and an equestrian complex. On 22nd September 2013 the Allianz Riviera, a new sport centre with capacity for 35,000 spectators that will host the National Museum of Sport opened. Nice is promoting the practice of sports amongst the public of all ages under their motto: “Nice, sport for all in all areas”.
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