Why Sète is the Ideal Base for Superyachts and Sports Fans in 2024

25 Mar 2024

Perfectly positioned port for the Olympic Games and America’s Cup.

World-leading marina for in-water superyacht maintenance and servicing.

Private transfers to your destination of choice.

With the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and the Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup Barcelona fast-approaching, IGY Sète Marina in the South of France is the ideal spot to drop anchor this summer.

 The luxury marina is renowned for its enviable position between Marseille and Barcelona, where some of this summer’s biggest sports events will take place.

And with its superb in-water shipyard marina, equipped to handle the world’s largest yachts, IGY Sète Marina is a fantastic choice for maintenance and repair of vessels before, during and after the big events.

See the Olympic torch and Paris 2024

 The Paris 2024 Olympic Games take place in France between July 26 and August 11, and all eyes will be on Sète on May 13 when the Olympic torch passes through the port’s colourful, atmospheric streets on the way to Paris.

When the Games get under way, much of the water-based action and football will take place in Marseille, just a two-hour private transfer or 73 nautical-miles east from IGY Sète Marina.

Marseille, a dramatic city at any time of year, with its stunning Vieux Port, popular city beaches and spectacular calanques, will host sailing, windsurfing and kiteboarding events just off the coast, as well as men’s and women’s football at the iconic Stade de Marseille.

Cruise to the America’s Cup

Sète is equally well placed for the Paralympic Games being held in France from August 28 to September 8, as well as the hotly anticipated America’s Cup, which takes place just down the coast in Port Vell, Barcelona, from August 22 to October 27.

The 37th America’s Cup is billed as one of the most intense in the event’s 174-year history. The official opening ceremony on August 22 will be followed by the preliminary regatta, Louis Vuitton Cup (Challenger Selection Series) and youth and women’s America’s Cups. The match race final will be held from October 12 to 27.

IGY Sète Marina is only 155 nautical miles from in Port Vell and has good rail and air links, with Montpellier airport just 30 minutes away.

Make savings and be in control

The attraction of IGY Sète Marina is not only accessibility. The marina’s in-water shipyard facility provides a quick, cost-effective way to service and repair superyachts while enjoying luxury services.

IGY’s Shipyard Program allows complete flexibility to control works, aided by a dedicated project coordinator, who can assist with everything from partnering the best contractors and making cost savings to organising private VIP transportation and arranging deliveries and storage.

And with a remote work office, crew lounge, fitness centre, rooftop terrace, and designated parking spaces, you don’t even have to leave the marina while the works are completed.

For more information visit IGY Shipyard Services and IGY Sète Marina.