Valencia will be the first stage of a race that will tour Europe in June promoting regional food products. To mark the start of the race, from 5 to 9 June a full programme of entertainment and gourmet activities open to the public will combine the best of sea and land.
The Route des Princes consists of four stages of oceanic navigation joining Valencia, Lisbon, Dublin, Plymouth and the Bay of Morlaix (France). The race features fast multihulls, a type of ocean-going vessel virtually unprecedented in Spain. The vessels are in three categories-MULTI 50 participants (15.24 meters long), MOD 70 (21.20 meters in length) and Giants (free Dimensions).
From Wednesday June 5th to Sunday 9th, the Marina Real Juan Carlos I will host a full programme of activities among which a school programme specially designed for youngsters will combine several workshops with visits to ships featured in the race. It also features a culinary programme headed by Michelin-star chef Ricard Camarena. In addition, the public can enjoy many leisure activities related to promoting indigenous food products.
The sports schedule includes two inshore displays on Friday 7th and Saturday 8, designed to be seen from the beach at Malvarrosa. They will consist of two simple, short runs, located very near the shore, in order to bring the show to the public.
Sunday 9th will see the Route des Princes start, the first stage of Valencia to Lisbon. After crossing the start line, the boats sail to Benicarlo, before heading to the Strait of Gibraltar and then from the Mediterranean into the Atlantic.