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Centre d'entrainement Course au Large Douarnenez

Place: Douarnenez (29-FRA)

Douarnenez Courses is developping a training and incubation center for sports projects linked to offshore racing, in Mini - Figaro Bénéteau - IRC and Class40, based on an ecosystem of skills and knowledge. 
The navigation and training area in Iroise Sea offers various and safe sailing conditions. 




Requirements for access: 

  • Have a 3-year offshore racing project
  • Be present at more than 50% of the trainings 
  • Up-to-date FFVoile license  



Period 1: January to March
Weekend training: "We prepare the races for the season"
7 scheduled weekends + theoretical training
    Rate:  around 800 euros

Period 2: April to September
Strategic support for races + specific training : "It's regatta time"
   Rate: variable, depending on the program

Period 3: October to November
Weekebd training + theoretical training sessions :"We consolidate the basics, substantive work"
3-4 weekends of training + theoretical training
   Rate: around 400 euros




Boat storage facilities: The boats can have a berth in Treboul harbour from January to April and from September to December at the 2023 indicative price: 
  - January - February - March - October - November - December: 121.60 euros/month - 2 paying months out of 3
   - April and September: 185.34/month
   - No berth in May, June, July and August due to races and nautical events. 
Onland secure storage possibility in Douarnenez via Marine Service (inside: 4€/m²/month - outside: 3€/m²/month).

Crane service: the cranes are managed by the marina - appointment to be made directly with the port (landing/launching : 22 euros).

Equipment storage: Possibility of sails and small equipment storage available on quotation.


Address & Contact


Address: Douarnenez Courses - Quai de l'Yser 29100 Douarnenez

Contact: Kévin Bloch - +336.

e-mail :

Pôle Mini 6,50 YCCA

Place: Le Crouesty (56-FRA)



Number of spots: 10

Requirements for access: being member of the club / having a siling licing at the club / present a races' schedule

Cost and services details: €300/year - Access to the club (briefing / debreifing), traineur with a rib - Formations and technical tutos (weather, electronics, performances, rigging, qualification formalities, rules, routages,tactiques, boat and rig's maintenance, ….)




Traning season: all year

Training frequency/Nb of days per year: every fortnight except in the season and during races

Trainer: Hugo Lauras

Programm dedicated for protos/production boats: programm according to skippers' requests




Boat sorage facilities: on land in the Crouesty harbour / Mini 6,50' area /Personal trailer

Crane service: free access

Equipment storage: GARAGE  / YCCA LOCAL

Contact: Yacht Club du Crouesty -Arzon - +33 297 53 78 07

Miscellaneous: the YCCA mini pole is integrated into the life of the club which is affiliated to the FFVoile. Members of the pole benefit from the service agreements and prices offered by the club's partners, local autorities and from the support of infrastructures and volunteers. The bay of Quiberon and its environment favorable permits the Mini 6,50 to sail in the besta sea and weather conditions.

Centre entraînement Les Sables Vendée Course au Large

Place: Les Sables d'Olonne (85-FRA)


Number of spots: nc

Requirements for access: Have a sailing license at Les Sables d'Olonne Vendée Course au Large club + be a member of the association + Have a boat based in Les Sables + Have a defined Mini racing program

Costs and services details: Berth in Port Olona at the rate of 1 418,25€/year in 2024 - mandatory booking before April 30, 204. Annual membership of the association: 200€. Package 10 training sessions + weather forecast training & briefing: 500€


Training season: From February to August

Training frequency / Nb of days per year: 10 training sessions before races + possibility of additionnal courses

Coach: Charlie Thirode

Programme dedicated for proto/production boats: No dedicated programme

Theoretical classes: yes


Boat storage facilities: afloat or on land (in hall 4 of the Village Nautique for 100€/month)

Crane service: Contact Port Olona office

Equipment storage: Yes in a shared container

Technical hall: Yes

Languages spoken: nc

Location and contact details 

Address: CF métiers de la mer - Allée du frère Maximin 85100 Les Sables d'Olonne - - +337 69 10 81 14
Charlie Thirode: - +337 67 40 54 27


e-mail :
LSOVCL website
Download : [pdf] Mini skipper contract (242,70 ko)

Centre d'Entrainement Mini Roscoff

Place: Roscoff (29-FRA)



Number of spots: 15

Requirements for access: Have a Mini project and a races programme + Be FFVoile member. 

Costs and services details: Pontoon/catway mooring at Bloscon port at public price - 25%. Water/electricity
Training 300€/day + rib fuel shared between the skippers present at training.



Training season: From the beginning of October to the end of February.

Training frequency / Nb of days per year: 8 week-ends (2 days) + 2 4-day trainings i.e 24 training sessions.

Coach: Damien Cloarec

Programme dedicated for proto/production boats: No dedicated programme for proto/production boats. 

Theoretical classes: Yes



Boat storage facilities:

Crane service: one free crane service per month. 

Equipment storage: Yes (container VBM)

Technical hall: Yes if needed (VBM)

Languages spoken: Training in French but English spoken skippers welcomed


Location and contact details


Address: Port de Bloscon 29680 Roscoff

Contact: Jacques Le Guern - +33(0)6 80 56 84 65

Various information 


The Pôle Mini Roscoff is supported by Voile Baie de Morlaix Association. The coordination Skippers/Voile Baie de Morlaix/CCIMBO is ensured by a VBM referent.
Created last year with 4 regular skippers, there have been already 6 skippers at the start at the season and will be growing with the arrival of 2 new boats in mid-November and 5 more skippers in early January.

The training conditions in the magnificient and demanding Bay of Morlaix and under the leadership of Damien Cloarec are a guarantee of rapid development.

On the training program: weather forecast, seamanship, electricity / electronics, performance analysis, preparation of road books for the season's races.

e-mail :
Voile Baie de Morlaix

Centre Excellence Voile La Rochelle

Place: La Rochelle (17-FRA)


Number of spots: 25

Requirements for access: Selection based on application (dossier), performance project = competitive boat + diligent skipper, team spirit 

Costs and services details: Coaching navigations, manoeuvres, boat tuning, sails development, strategy. debrieifng with video analysis. Brieifing before costal or offshore + experience sharing with the group. Track debriefing with Ocean Tracking beacons (end of 2023).
Preparation of navigation,roadbook and race routings.
1 physical preparation coaching per week. 

1623€TTC per skipper // Acceptanceof the file gives access to the sea commission of La Rochelle Marina, i.e 50% of the public price. 


Training season: From January to December

Training frequency / Nb of days per year: Thursday to Sunday, twice a month from January to March and September to October // Specific programme according to the races of the season between March and August. More than 50 days/year. 

Coaches: François Husson (Olympic experience) / Etienne Saiz (offshore racing caoch + Olympic experience) + external speakers depending on the course topics covered. 

Programme dedicated for proto/production boats: Protos and production boats

Theoretical classes: Creation of Mini project (legal and financial), sleep management (specilist doctor), nutrition, physical training, mast climbing in solitary, rigging, stratification, meteo and strategy lessons...


Boat storage facilities: afloat and on land

Crane service: Self service crane (authorization to validate, training duration: 1/2 day, price 60€, validity 5 years)

Equipment storage: 2 secure containers availabe (included)

Technical hall: No

Languages spoken: French and English

Location and contact details

Address: la Rochelle - port des Minimes

Contact(s): - Julien Pulvé : +336 61 33 64 48
Facebook page Pôle Mini 6.50 La Rochelle 

Various information 

Access to the premises of the Pôle France Voile La Rochelle : meeting rooms, fitness room, on-site doctor, high level access.

e-mail :

Pôle Mini Ouistreham

Place: Ouistreham (14-FRA)


Number of spots: 12

Requirements for access: Be a member of the Société des Régates de Caen-Ouistreham + Signature of a contract with a project and a race programme + Be a FFVoile member

Costs and services details: Association membership : 100€ / Berth and training : 900€


Training season: From Fébruary to October

Training frequency / Nb of days per year: 12 days + Offshore trainings

Coaches: Roland Ventura

Programme dedicated for proto/production boats: No dedicated programme for proto/production boats

Theoretical classes: Yes


Boat storage facilities: 

Crane service: available nearby 

Equipment storage: Yes

Technical hall: Yes

Languages spoken: French, English, Italian

Location and contact details

Address: Quai Eric Tabarly 14150 Ouistreham

Contact(s): Guy Beaudouin +336 76 15 17 89


Various information 

The Pôle Mini de Ouistreham is the only training center located in the English Channel, it is the closest from Paris and offers ttraining crossing the Channel and near the English coasts. 

La Turballe Course au Large

Place: La Turballe (44-FRA)


Number of spots: 23

Requirements for access: Having a serious project and a Mini Transat goal. Willing to participate in training sessions and in the association's life.

Costs and services details: Skipper's membership : 300€/year
Training pack (training sessions, follow up during navigations and qualifications, race preparation & routages) : 1250€/year
Sport coaching (2 sessions/week in person or online) : 60€/month


Training season: All year long

Training frequency / Nb of days per year: Around 50 days/year

Coaches: Hervé Aubry (experiences in Mini 6.50 & Figaro)

Programme dedicated for proto/production boats: Training sessions adpated to all levels

Theoretical classes: Meteorology, strategy and routing, tactics, sleep management, electronics, composite, rigging, sailmaking, medicine



Boat storage facilities: shipyard (rolling cradle or trailer)

Crane service: Self service crane 7/7 24h

Equipment storage: Available soon

Technical hall: No

Languages spoken: French and English


Location and contact details

Address: La Turballe Course au Large - Port de Plaisance - 44420 La Turballe

Contact(s): +336 41 67 53 08 /



 Various information 

This training center is an association administered and managed by its members  to whom we ask for an implication (responsibility within the board or one-shot missions, type maintenance of the semi-rigid or communication). 

Everyone's skills, experience and know-how are shared. The fisrt objective is to create a united group capable of progressing together. Training takes place on weekends with occasional 4-5 day boatcamps. 

La Turballe Course au Large is an affiliated entity of FFVoile. 
The center has forged strong links with the harbour of La Turballe, allowing skippers to have good infrastructure. We have technical partnerships with ships, riggers/sailors, welders, NKE/B&G engineers and sailmakers. 

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Centre d'entrainement Mini 6.50 de Concarneau

Place: Concarneau (FRA)


Number of spots: 15

Requirements for access: Minimum 1000NM in races per year including at least one 500NM race + Being 100% autonomous + Attendance at trainings

Costs and services details: 1000€ per year


Training season: January to April

Training frequency / Nb of days per year: 1 day/weekend + 2 6-day clinics in March and April

Coaches: François Jambou

Programme dedicated for proto/production boats: Production boats - Open to prototypes if more 3 boats

Theoretical classes: Yes


Boat storage facilities: Berth included. Yard/Land storage not included (Port la Forêt or Concarneau 100€/month)

Crane service: 60€ each handling

Equipment storage: Possible (40€/month)

Technical hall: No

Languages spoken: Training sessions in French but open to English speakers

Location and contact details

Address: Concarneau harbour


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Base Mini Barcelona - FNOB

Place: Barcelona (ESP)


Number of spots: 16

Requirements for access: Partipation to 1 race per year minimum + 70% attendance at trainings + Boat with equipment for C-level races minimum

Costs and services details: membership - 250€/year + 100€/month for boat cradle spot (taxes not included)


Training season: September to March

Training frequency / Nb of days per year: 2 weekends per month

Coaches: Anna Corbella, Oriol Pujol, others

Programme dedicated for proto/production boats: Production boats & prototypes

Theoretical training: Yes


Boat storage facilities: Land-storage (cradle) included, in the water for 7€/day

Crane service: Private crane available to members

Equipment storage: container (1 to share)

Technical hall: Yes

Languages spoken: Spanish, Catalan

Location and contact details

Address: Moll de levant 1, 08039 Barcelona

Contact(s): Anne Corbella / Oriol Pujol
+34 935 57 97 00

e-mail :
Website Base Mini Barcelona FNOB