For the sailing events, Paris 2024 will be heading to the Mediterranean. Through its location, the city of Marseille is naturally focused on the sea, with exceptional sailing conditions. Thanks to Marseille’s internationally renowned expertise in hosting and organising boat-related events, the city and its Marina offer an ideal venue for the sailing competitions with the Paris 2024 Games.
For the Games, the Roucas-Blanc Marina, a point of departure for boats, will be adapted for staging a competition on the scale of the Olympic Games. The programme includes plans for around 7,000 sqm of buildings and the reorganisation of 17,000 sqm of outdoor spaces, as well as the redevelopment of the basin itself, transforming it into an outstanding competition venue.
The existing site’s strong potential, with its exceptional exposure to Marseille’s La Corniche, will enable the thousands of spectators who make the trip in 2024 to follow the events from up close. The quality of the water conditions off the coast of Marseille, with relatively constant winds and a coastal configuration that is correctly oriented in relation to the dominant winds, without any currents or tides, will ensure ideal tactical and strategic conditions for the competitors.
The city of Marseille will also be hosting some of the Olympic football matches at the Stade Vélodrome.
Capacity: 12,262 people, with 2,262 seated and 10,000 standing
What sport for Paris 2024?
Women’s: One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial, Skiff – 49er FX, Windsurfer – iQFoil.
Men’s: One Person Dinghy – Laser, Skiff – 49er, Windsurfer – iQFoil.
Mixed: Mixed Multihull – Nacra 17 Foiling, Mixed Two Person Dinghy – 470, Mixed Kiteboarding, Mixed Event (TBD).
Where is it located?
Department: Bouches du Rhône
City: Marseille, 660km from Paris
Access: 3h10 by train from Paris, airport 30 minutes from the city centre
Games venues located nearby: Stade Vélodrome
Tourist attractions located nearby: Old Port, Château d’If, Îles du Frioul Archipelago, Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica, MUCEM Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, Les Calanques National Park, Provence Region, surrounding coastline.
With the rescaling work before and after the Games, the Roucas Blanc Nautical Stadium will offer ideal training conditions for athletes from France’s Marseille sailing hub, as well as training facilities that have been completely rethought for people with all skill levels.