For its 40th anniversary, Fountaine Pajot met up with owners of Sailing Catamarans and Motor Yachts to mark this special occasion. This exceptional event took place from May 19 to 22, 2016, on the islands of Porquerolles and Porc Cros in the Mediterranean.
In all, 30 catamarans joined them in response to this invitation. Among them were 20 sailing catamarans, including some of the shipyard’s historical models, such as the Marquises 56 and the Belize 43, but also more recent models such as the Hélia 44, the Lipari 41, Hélia 44 Evolution and, of course, the Lucia 40, the most recent member of the Sailing Catamaran line.
As for the Motor Yachts, more than ten were present at the event. Models such as the Maryland 37, the Summerland 40, the Cumberland MY 47 and the new MY37, joined the Motor Yacht fleet for this 2016 rendezvous.
The 145 owners and their crews enjoyed magnificent anchorages in the limpid sea off the islands of Porquerolles and Port Cros.
Les 145 propriétaires et leurs équipages ont profité des superbes mouillages aux eaux translucides qu’offrent les îles de Porquerolles et de Port Cros.
Cruising around Port Cros Island with the Motor Yacht fleet
The 11 boats of the Fountaine Pajot Motor Yacht fleet set sail for the magnificent island of Port Cros and its surroundings, after a group photo on the well-known Notre Dame beach. In collaboration with the Neptune yachting magazine team, the crews approached the well-known Cap des Mèdes on this beautiful sunny day.
These majestic rocks, also boast rocky depths and clear waters, making them a paradise for amateur divers.
2.30 pm: The crews arrived at Port Cros for a lunch at anchor, or for some in “Le Manoir” Hotel-Restaurant, in an area of outstanding beauty.
Together with their friends and families, the owners admired the variety of landscapes on the protected island of Port Cros.
“A bit of Rainbow Wrasse” fishing competition and anchorage at the Argent beach.
On this second day, the crews took part in the fishing competition organized in collaboration with Neptune yachting magazine. They set a course for the Giens Peninsula in the hope of a good catch – and the fish were there to meet them! With on average 12 fish per crew, the owners were delighted, as were the fish, since as it was a no-kill competition they were released.
2.30 pm: Departure for the Argent beach for a fleet photograph, at a stunning anchorage where a turquoise colored sea meets white sand.
The crews lunched together at the anchorage or at the Plage d’Argent Restaurant.
The Neptune and Fountaine Pajot teams on site welcomed the Neptune readers, who were invited to join in this owner weekend for the occasion.
On this great day, the owners took part in the best sea photo competition organized by Ports Toulon Provence, as well as the Haiku and drawing competition on the theme of the rainbow wrasse, organized by Neptune.
An evening full of surprises at the Mas du Langoustier and then the Domaine de l’île
The first day came to a close with a winetasting at the Domaine de l’île, at Le Mas du Langoustier Hotel-Restaurant, where the guests learned about citrus fruit and enjoyed verrines prepared by Julien Le Goff, a Michelin-starred chef as its high point. Then the rest of the evening took place at the heart of the same Domaine’s vineyard.
Our owners enjoyed a Mechoui (whole sheep cooked on a barbecue) in authentic surroundings, accompanied by the wonderful wine of the island’s Domaine, cooked by Sami Aburabi, the manager of the vineyard and cellar master, in the company of his entire team.
This evening was also an opportunity to hand out awards to the owners of the Fountaine Pajot Sailing Catamarans and Motor Yachts, with a prize-giving.
Prize-giving on the last day, place d’Armes, and final evening at the Alycastre Restaurant
The last evening of the owners’ weekend took place under the shipyard’s 40th anniversary symbol. It began with an Ayala Champagne reception for all the crews on Place d’Armes in Porquerolles.
To this can be added a few Ayala Champagne magnums, one of the event’s major partners, and for all the teams, a Serge Ferrari bag.
Then, after a moving speech by Claire Fountaine, President of the Board of Directors and Nicolas Gardies, chief executive officer, the evening continued at the Alycastre Restaurant.