35th Tour Yoles Boat Race

The must-experience caribbean event of summer 2019

New York June 6, 2019

Martinique’s Annual ‘Carnival at Sea’ set for July 28th to August 4th

All eyes will be on the sea that week as island life will beat to the rhythms of the event. All Martinicans are excused from work and the coastline is lined with people gathering to admire the colorful boats or enjoy the various musical events that accompany the race. You can even follow in the wake of the race by boat and cheer on your team.

The festivities begin in the town of Le François on Saturday, July 27 . While the exact route is still being finalized, these are the expected stages. The race kicks off on July 28th from Francois to La Trinité. The second stage on July 29th runs along the northern tip of the island from La Trinité to Saint-Pierre. July 30th brings the race along the western coast from Saint-Pierre to the capital city of Fort-de-France. Stage four on July 31st traces the route from Fort-de-France to the coves of Les Anses d’Arlet. The fifth stage runs from Les Anses d’Arlet to Diamant on August 1st with stage six hugging the southern coast of the island from Diamant to Sainte-Anne. Stage seven on August 3rd goes from Sainte-Anne to Vauclin. The eighth and final stage will take place on Sunday, August 4th from Vauclin to Robert.

The “Yole Ronde” was created in the 1940s by a carpenter from le François, inspired by both the gomyé (or gommier) fishing boat and the European yole. At that time, the fishermen mainly used sail boats strictly for work. However, wild races were organized every Sunday and then with more frequency during the community celebrations in the towns of Le François, Robert, and Vauclin. The growing interest inspired the “Société des Yoles et Gommiers de la Martinique ” in 1972. In 1984 the gums separated from the yoles and ” La Societe des Yoles Rondes de La Martinique ” was born.

The Tour des Yoles week is a moment of intense communion of emotion and fun where all eyes are turned towards the horizon and our sails deployed.

For Americans wanting to experience this festive moment, American Airlines is providing daily and non-stop service to Fort-de- France, Martinique from Miami, starting June 7 and through September 3, 2019.

For more information on travel to Martinique, please visit us.martinique.org

For more detail about the race, please visit www.tourdesyoles.com

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