MARSEILLE MEDCUP MAGNIFIQUE
While the crews of the 11 TP52 Series yachts and the 6 GP42 Series yachts continue their preparations and training in the perfect weather, the Audi MedCup Circuit race village in the centre of Marseille continues to be very busy.
At the weekend the dockside walks around the City’s Vieux Port are teeming with visitors, enjoying the ambience and taking in the historic landmarks and sights.
But the focal point at the moment is Audi MedCup race village and the interactive Expo with the grinding competition, the information centre which reveals details about the boats, crew and the Circuit as well as the Cinema and the Audi driving games.
After visiting the EXPO Marie Rubio, a local visitor who lives in Marseille, said: “It’s a fantastic organisation and we are learning a lot. “
Massimo, an Italian visiting Marseille from a cruise liner docked here said: “This is very nice. We just arrived today on a cruise, and so this was a big surprise!”
The Audi MedCup Village will be open daily until Sunday 14.
The sun is shining, the weather is warm and it is “Le Weekend”.
The Audi MedCup village, which nestles beside Le Mairie, the town hall, and the dockside in the heart of Marseille, is buzzing with visitors taking a promenade through the bustling area.
For the spectators who are enjoying the sights there are the boats which will compete next week, including the new Cristabella (GBR) (ex Desafio) and the Audi MedCup Circuit TP52 leader Matador (ARG).
The regatta village is open already and vistors are enjoying the Audi MedCup Cinema experience, the Audi Le Mans video racing game and the Audi MedCup Experience, the interactive displays.
All the key components are in place to try and improve on the outstanding success that last season’s regatta proved.
The regatta village has been under construction, over 120 tonnes of specialist equipment decanted from the six trucks and four containers which tour the essential infrastructure around to the Audi MedCup Circuit host cities.
The 1,200 square metre regatta area includes the luxurious two-story Audi Race Village centre as well as the new Audi MedCup Expo which features a host of informative and interactive displays.
Once again on shore, and live on www.medcup.org, there will be live real time tracking of the fleets, complemented by live comments from the water in French and English.
The big question is if the renowned Mistral winds will return to provide some fast spectacular racing among these high-tech, Grand Prix yachts.