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The Patrouille de France will perform for the arrival of the Rolex Fastnet Race in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin

The Patrouille de France will perform for the arrival of the Rolex Fastnet Race in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin

On August 13, 2021 starting at 5 p.m., the land/sea show promises thrills! The best skippers in the world in the Rolex Fastnet Race will be escorted by the elite pilots for a show of high aerobatics on the bay of Cherbourg and Collignon beach in Tourlaville.

Summer 2021: the Cotentin in the spotlight

The Patrol has already caused a sensation in the Cotentin: it performed the show during the last anniversary of the D-day landings on June 6 and celebrated the start of the Tour de France by flying over Utah Beach in 2016. But their new 30-minute performance is a first for the city of Cherbourg: "This is a great opportunity for the territory and the arrival of the race in the festive and popular dimension that we were looking for with the partner communities" rejoices Jean-Louis Valentin, president of the association Arrivée Fastnet Cherbourg. At the heart of summer, it is an essential tourist added value for the summer period and economic benefits for the whole territory.

The Patrouille de France: technical and aesthetic prowess

There Patrouille de France, also called PAF (Patrouille Acrobatique de France or Acrobatic Patrol of France) is a unit of the Air Force Presentation Teams (EQPAA). It represents the French armed forces in a broad sense: land, sea, air and space. Aerial demonstrations are part of a positive dynamic that weaves a close bond between the military and the public. It must be admitted that with their blue, white and red colors and their nose headlight, the alphajets look sharp! The smoke container fixed under the belly will deploy the famous tricolor plume that thrills the public and awakens patriotic impulses.  

The Fastnet, legendary race

Double success for Cherbourg which was chosen to host the arrival of the 49th edition of the famous English race (as well as in 2023). It will triumphantly welcome the 450 ships representing 31 nations that left the Isle of Wight on 8 August. Professionals, amateurs and the public will be able to celebrate together the end of this offshore race running a course of 695 nautical miles. Everyone will be on deck to celebrate in blue, white and red the event of the year!

SMARTAPPART, the housing solution in the city of Cherbourg

The SMARTAPPART residential hotel is a budget alternative to hotels in the city of Cherbourg. Rates are discounted starting from two nights. Its furnished and connected apartments are suitable for any type of stay, business trip or family getaway. Emergency health measures have been taken to secure facilities and minimize contact. With its innovative concept of online booking and payment and its minimal staff, SMARTAPPART makes every effort to guarantee your autonomy and the tranquility of your stay.

(c) Patrouille de France/ EPAA/ Air and Space Force


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