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Toulon Bay welcomes Formula 1 back to France

After a 10-year absence from France, Toulon Bay is welcoming Formula 1 racing back to Provence by opening up berthing opportunities during the 2018 French Grand Prix.

Returning to the legendary Paul-Ricard circuit in Le Castellet after a 28-year hiatus, the Toulon Port Authority has announced that it will privatise three zones in the port and La Seyne during qualifying and the race to accommodate yachts of any size and draught.

1,600-metres of quayside berthing will be made available in La Seyne-sur-Mer, and seven berths in downtown Toulon, located some 30km from the track.

In a recent release, Toulon Port Authority, said, “After a 10-year absence from France, Formula 1 racing is back at the Le Castellet circuit, which hasn’t hosted the race since its transfer to the Nièvre 28 years ago.

“In the heart of Provence, between mountains and the sea, the mythical track, where the great names of automobile racing have gone head to head, is close to large transport infrastructures and the Port of Toulon in particular.”

Speaking to Yachting Pages Media Group, Robert Cavanna, vice president, said, “Toulon Bay is certainly not as close to the track as in Monaco, but we think that we have a card to play when it comes to welcoming yachts during this period, especially as we will not increase our mooring rates”.

Berthing reservations must be made via the Toulon harbour master’s office, and will be dealt with on a first-come-first-serve basis.

The event takes place between 21st and 24th June 2018. 

For more information, visit Toulon Bay.

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