Projects supported

Since 2005, the Foundation has supported 21 projects.

The three initiatives supported by the Foundation in 2016-17 are:

Team Vendée

Launched based on findings that the Vendée region did not offer any training programs for competition sailors and did not have any structures with the equipment needed for training, the Team Vendée association wants to offer opportunities for young French talents to get trained up on the various professions involved with offshore racing.

More than just a training center, this association teaches young sailors to manage all aspects of race projects: contact with partners, logistics, communications, technical aspects, rules or boat preparations are just some of the skills needed to become a professional sailor.

It offers training in particular for preparation team members, whereas no specific training was previously available for this profession.

By supporting the Team Vendée association for €50,000, the Foundation is actively engaged in promoting offshore racing professions.

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Lady Valentine

After entrusting the renovation of the hybrid yacht “Lady Valentine” to Beneteau’s training center, the Foundation decided to devote this boat to training with a view to encouraging and promoting professions relating to the sea. It renovated the yacht so that it could sail again and offer opportunities for Groupe Beneteau employees to be introduced to sailing. The “sailing culture” training course was also created: over one day, it notably makes it possible to get to know the boat (four hours of training in dock) and put trainees in critical or risky situations (three hours at sea).

In 2016, 266 staff from SPBI (Groupe Beneteau boatbuilding company) were able to benefit from this training.

Grand Largue operation:

In 2017, supported by the Foundation, Lady Valentine and her crew linked up with the charity Grand Largue, sponsored by Jacqueline Tabarly and supporting young people under administrative or judicial protection measures. Thanks to this initiative, three 15-year-olds were able to complete a crossing from Les Sables d’Olonne to Ile d’Yeu to introduce them to sailing and respect for the marine environment.

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Since 2015, through its strong commitment to safeguarding naval heritage, the Foundation has supported and funded the AACSM Award for safeguarding lifeboats.

Given out for the second time in 2016, this award recognized the renovation of a lifeboat built in 1952 by the Lemaistre de Fécamp boatyard: the “Onésime Fribourg” lifeboat. The Foundation gave a cheque for €10,000 to the president of the Onésime Fribourg association to support this renovation.