GROUPAMA RACE, 25 September
The start of the 5th Round New Caledonia yacht race is on September 25, 2016. Big difference this year: the race is now open to multi-hulls. A 1500 Kms course. This event is physical and tough. Weather strategy and the crews’ physical condition will are the key to victory.
Night, day, hug the coast, keep out to sea: The wind is ever changing. When to gybe? When to tack? Which sails to set? Tack inshore? Head offshore? These are the questions our crews will be asking themselves …
The Tour of New Caledonia is thus a race against the clock. It is an ocean race worthy of a Sydney-Hobart; four days racing, choosing the right weather options, never letting up: a technical and tactical contest where victory is the prize!
FILM FESTIVAL OF LA FOA, 1-8 Juillet
The combination of the Foa film festival informs you that the 2016 prize entries will begin on March 1, 2016.
The devices offered this year are:
- New Caledonia 1st contest of short films
- Société Générale Young Talents Contest
- Concours Sacenc de clips
- Race against time ! Sponsored by the Southern Province
- Concours MobiliSMARTphone !
Youth World Championships Match Race
The Notice of Race for the 2016 World Sailing Youth Match Racing World Championship set to be held in Noumea, New Caledonia from 14 - 18 June 2016 has been released.
Organised by the Cercle Nautique Calédonien in conjunction with World Sailing, this Grade W event will welcome 16 skippers racing in Elliott 6m boats.
In its third year following the successful 2014 and 2015 editions, the World Championship is open to competitors under 23 years old on 31 December 2016.
World Sailing Member National Authorities may apply for an invitation for a skipper of their nationality by sending a completed entry form to World Sailing no later than 15 February 2016. World Sailing will inform MNAs and skippers if they will be issued with an invitation no later than 1 March 2016.
TRAIL DES CAGOUS - 15 May
Always at the Pentecost weekend, the Ultra Trail of Cagous will take place on Sunday, May 15, 2016.
- Ultra Trail Vale: 80kms (finishers will get 2 points UTMB)
- Trail la SFAC: 38kms
- Foulees Kalenji: 20kms
- Rando Milo: 10kms
The Amateur GolfWorld Cup, 23 to 27 May
LeClub Golf is offering an innovative worldwide competition to its golfers by creating the Amateur Golf World Cup!
Taking place in April 2016, LeClub Golf are organizing the first edition of the Amateur Golf World Cup, a worldwide competition open to all amateur golfers taking place in 12 different countries all around the globe.
The international competition will be held at the prestigious course designed by Pete Dye in New Caledonia, which is located at the luxurious 5* Sheraton New Caledonia Déva Resort & Spa
INTERNATIONAL MARATHON OF NEW CALEDONIA - 21 August 2016
This event has become a key event in the annual sporting calendar and attracts around 150 competitors each year, of which half travel from overseas.
The picturesque circuit which borders the turquoise waters of the lagoon waterfront is as much a drawcard for international competitors as it is for the local spectators.
BOURAIL FAIR - 15 and 16 August
The agricultural and craft fair of Bourail, a small town on the West Coast of New Caledonia, is held each year during the weekend around 15 August.
This annual event is an occasion to check out the colourful booths and the local Caledonian products, meet the cattle farmers who present their most beautiful specimens, but also the stockmen, real cowboys of the Caledonian brousse, participating in a colourful rodeo.
BASTILLE DAY - 14 July 2016
French National Day (or Bastille Day) on the 14 July in commemoration of the storming of the Bastille, a symbolic and historical end to totalitarianism, is celebrated in New Caledonia each year by the traditional lantern procession.
More than 3,500 paper lanterns are distributed for the procession which begins at the American Memorial and finishes at Coconut Square.
Every year between 8,000 and 10,000 people take part in this celebration closing with a magnificent fireworks display.
Celebrations are marked with a military parade, music, dancing, and fireworks.
TRANSCALEDONIENNE - 2 and 3 July 2016
This two day endurance event traverses this year New Caledonia’s South mountain chain. Teams are made up of three people and must cover around 65km during the week-end.
This is a wonderful opportunity for the athletes to meet and exchange with the inhabitants of Melanesian tribes while discovering New Caledonia’s stunning landscapes.
NEW CALEDONIA TRIATHLON - 24 April 2016
Nouméa is set to host the 31st International Triathlon on Sunday 24 April.
It’s one of New Caledonia's premier annual sporting events and a day of fun and excitement is guaranteed for one and all! Around 400 participants are expected to take part, with local champs battling for victory against fierce competition from Australian, New Zealand and Japanese triathletes.
A superb course
The lagoon at Anse Vata is the venue for the start, with 1.5 km swim lap, followed by a 40 km bike lap up to Sainte Marie Bay and a 10 km run lap along Anse Vata Bay. Spectators are, as ever, welcome to come and cheer on the competitors throughout the race!
You can compete as an individual or as part of a team.
Registrations are open until Sunday 17 April at midnight.
FRENCH CHEESE FESTIVAL - From 2nd to 13rd June
Enjoy a great taste of France!
This event celebrates the rural French tradition and is an annual rendez-vous where New Caledonia’s gourmet community and visitors alike can discover and enjoy a collection of no less than 130 varieties of cheese.
Selected by Maitre Poulard, the cheeses would not normally be available anywhere but in France. A selection of wines, including a variety of famous vintages, will be available to compliment each cheese tasting.
Come taste excellent French products and discover why Nouméa is the best spot in the South Pacific to experience French culture and its world famous gastronomy.
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