As far as sailing is concerned, the start of the 26th sailing Tour de France will take place once again in Dunkerque, from the 29th of June to the 3rd of July 2012. Over 20 new M34 yachts, together with their crews, are expected to take to the water in the home town of the privateer Jean Bart for the start of this great sailing race along the French coasts.
During this long weekend, the Dunkerque authorities and their partners will be providing events and entertainment in a tour village set up along the Quai des Hollandais, where a host of activities including model-making and introduction to sailing for beginners are planned.
As a bonus, along with the 29th June start of the race, there is the free “Citadelle en Bordées” festival to enjoy, where you can watch, listen and sing along with 21 groups on 11 different stages: sea shanties, French chanson, fiesta, blues, rock, folk and more besides.
For landlubbers, Greater Lille is determined not to be left out with its “Quinzaine de l’Entorse”, a festival of arts, sport and games from the 6th of April to the 24th of June.
The festival’s exhibitions, live performances, teaching workshops and great events to join in with feature games as a key link between the arts and sport and are aimed at people of all ages and interests. I’d especially urge you not to miss the “Sports Factory” exhibition which runs from the 11th of May to the 12th of August at the Gare Saint Sauveur in Lille, where the children can rock-climb up some incredible art installations!