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  • Tourism Meetings - 23/05/2019

    The 2nd April 2019, the Brittany Regional Council organized its second tourism meeting in Fouesnant. The day was punctuated by several conferences on the themes of boating and digital, followed by the general meeting of the Regional Council in charge of tourism. The CAPITEN project was presented there and attracted the interest of many tourism professionals.

  • Gliding Barnacles Event A Great Success - 01/02/2019

    From 28th August until 2nd September 2018, surf and Atlantic lovers met near the city of Figueira da Foz, in Portugal, for an event dedicated to surfing, and more broadly to boating. The CAPITEN project was presented and promoted there, and was a great success.

  • Partnership meeting in Viana (POR) - 25/06/2018

    The partnership’s most recent meetings, held in Viana do Castelo on 20 and 21 June, were a time full of exchange and discovery. The 18 partners took stock of the progress of the project’s achievements and, despite a tight schedule, managed to fit in a nautical infrastructure visit to Caminha, at the border between Portugal’s Norte region and Galicia in Spain.

  • The art of innovation - 02/04/2018

    At its General Assembly on 30 March 2018, Nautisme en Bretagne presented a lecture on “the art of innovation”. Cyril de Sousa, lecturer and president of the Innovation Commando association, demonstrated to the attending marine leisure stakeholders that the processes related to innovation are accessible to all. Inspiring words for CAPITEN in particular, which aims to reach new audiences through the development of new or reinvented nautical products.

  • Launching of the CAPITEN project - 11/11/2017

    The CAPITEN project was officially launched in Rennes on Friday 10 November 2017 after its approval last May. To mark the occasion, some fifty people were invited to the hotel de Courcy for a presentation of the project’s activities, which will be carried out until 2020 via various operational areas.

The Capiten project

CAPITEN (Atlantic Cluster for Technological and Economic Innovation in the Nautical Sector) is a European collaborative project that brings together 18 partners from Scotland, Ireland, France, Portugal and Spain.

Supported by the INTERREG Atlantic Area regional development programme, it aims to promote the tourism economy, promote a sustainable approach in the nautical industry and create jobs in the various sectors of the industry.

The Brittany Region is committed to steering this project during its three operational years from 2017 to 2020.

This information website will be regularly updated with studies, product descriptions, tutorial videos and other downloadable technical documents for stakeholders and professionals.
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Atlantic Area
2014-2020 program

3 innovation clusters

The 18 partners behind the project


“With its 1677 miles of coastline and 372 miles of canals, the Brittany Region is delighted to be taking the lead in the CAPITEN Atlantic Cluster. This collaborative project will allow us to highlight the economic potential of the European marine leisure industry”

Anne Gallo
Vice President for Tourism, Heritage and Waterways at the Brittany Regional Council


“Job creation aside, if I had to pick out just one of the CAPITEN programme’s objectives, it would definitely be the strengthening of maritime acculturation in our fellow citizens!”

Jean Kerhoas
President of Nautisme en Bretagne


“In the Canary Islands, marine leisure is a key sector for the Blue Growth of our archipelago”

José Luis Guersi Sauret
President of the Centre Technologique de Sciences Marines. Intermediary Centre Supporting Innovation and Internationalisation in the Marine and Maritime Sector


“The CAPITEN project seeks to enhance, support and grow maritime events in partner regions including Donegal and these events will provide a platform for businesses in the marine tourism sector to showcase new and innovative maritime sports and activities”

Seamus Neely
Chief Executive Donegal County Council


“The Pays de la Loire Region boasts an exceptional coastline and a vast network of navigable rivers that are ideal for the development of marine leisure activities. The exchanges and thought processes planned as part of the CAPITEN project will allow us to further develop our offerings and the volume of people practising those activities.”

Franck Louvrier
Vice President of the Regional Council in charge of Tourism


We want Scotland to be a marine tourism destination of first choice for high quality, value for money and memorable customer experience delivered by skilled and passionate people. The CAPITEN Atlantic Cluster will help us deliver our ambitions.”

Anna Miller
Head of Tourism, Highlands & Islands Enterprise


“Mid & East Antrim Borough Council are delighted to be partners in this transnational project. One of our key corporate objectives, is to increase our tourism provision and  the CAPITEN project is a vital component in making that a reality. We look forward to sharing our own experiences and learning from our partners; especially in regard to, working with the private sector to develop new tourism offerings across the Borough”

Anne Donaghy 
Chief Executive, Mid & East Antrim



“The coimbra area has a wide littoral, several dams and pipelines scattered throughout the territory, allowing the practice of nautical activities throughout the year. The CAPITEN project is an important contribution to the development of this sector.”

Antonio Santos
President of the council, Ad Elo


“Manche Department offers plenty of maritime assets. The departemental council wants to be recognised for its “Ports & Boating” excellence, by developing a unique pool of marinas, where visitors are made to feel welcomed with a range of services offered in marinas and along defined cabotage routes. These priorities are part of an action plan adopted by the local authotity in June 2017 in its sailing plan.”

Marc Lefèvre
President of the Conseil départemental de la Manche

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