53 sailboats and 85 sailors from all over the world
On Saturday 3rd June, 53 inflatable dinghies lined up for the 4th edition of the TIWAL Cup in the Gulf of Morbihan (France) – an annual event for fans. Participants came from the United States, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malta, Sweden and all over Europe to take part in this fun and sporting challenge.
TIWAL Cup, gathering of an international community
Saturday 3rd June, 53 TIWALs met in the Golfe du Morbihan for the 4th edition of the TIWAL Cup. Participants came from the United States, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malta, Sweden, Germany and all over France to take part in this fun, sporting challenge! In 4 years, the number of participants has multiplied five-fold, making the TIWAL Cup an unmissable event in the Gulf of Morbihan, where this innovation was born.
A fun, original and international nautical challenge
10am, port of Arradon. The bags are lined up on the beach. 53 TIWALs are ready for the assembly challenge.The designer and co-founder of TIWAL Marion Excoffon, starts the clock. They’re off! Double and single-handed, 85 people get down to work: opening bags, inflating the hulls, assembling and setting the sails. 6 minutes 28, Mélanie and Grégory beat the double-handed assembly world record. 10 minutes 41 single-handed for Gilles.
The 53 boats set off for a morning of quiet navigation between the islands in the Golfe du Morbihan in almost no wind. During a friendly, sun-filled lunch on the island of Arz, Vincent gives the start for the TIWAL Kid’s Cup: “For this 4th edition, we wanted to include the children more and offer them their mini competition.” This is a serious business for the 10 to 16-year-olds. Following the victory of Marine and Salomé, the wind picks up and the TIWAL Cup gets underway again in sportier conditions. “We had a slight wind in the morning, but conditions in the afternoon were a little sportier. With all of its islands and currents, the Gulf is a very interesting venue and a wonderful stretch of water!”comments Mélinda from New Zealand.
On returning to the port, the TIWALs are packed up and loaded into car boots. The day ends with a prize-giving ceremony and drinks, an opportunity to discuss the day’s sailing.
Single-handed category: Jérôme Vici
Double-handed category: Michel and Alix Luong
Children’s category: Marine and Salomé Giblet
TIWAL, an innovation sold in more than 40 countries
TIWAL is a family company that designs and manufactures cheeky little inflatable dinghies! These high-quality boats can be used on the sea or on mountain lakes. TIWAL was invented by the bold industrial designer, Marion Excoffon. Her determination and desire to allow everyone enjoy the pleasures of sailing led her to design the TIWAL dinghy. This new-generation sailing boat can be assembled in 20 minutes, and transported in a small car, even a Fiat 500! It comes in two bags for carrying by adults and children alike.
Today, there are almost 700 TIWALs sailing throughout the world, at sea, on high mountain lakes, on rivers...The boat has received awards in the United States (Boat of the year by Sailing World), South Korea (Boat of the year), Japan (Good Design award) Germany (prestigious Red Dot Award Best of the Best prize) and France (BFM Académie company creator award).