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  • CAPITEN and the health crisis: the impacts - 07/01/2021
    Partners remain on course ! The CAPITEN project should have come to an end on 30 November 2020… But that was before the COVID-19 health crisis hit! In order to allow projects to postpone the actions planned during the spring lockdown periods, the Managing Authority of the Atlantic Area programme granted an automatic six-month extension, …
  • Explore Donegal Virtually ! - 07/01/2021
      Donegal is located on Ireland’s famous Wild Atlantic Way and has the longest section of coastline on the driving route spanning 1,135km. Donegal is lucky to have three of the major, iconic attractions on Wild Atlantic Way located within the county. Starting at Ireland’s most northerly point Malin Head on the Inishowen Peninsula it …
  • Mini cabotage on the Erdre river in Pays de la Loire - 07/01/2021
    (Re)discover the Erdre, “the most beautiful river in France” according to François I. In addition to the great maritime sailing itinerary, our rivers are an important element in the development of local water sports in our local area.Last July, the Pays de la Loire Regional Olympic and Sports Committee organised two workshops with eight organisations …
  • Marina of tomorrow - 07/01/2021
    Launch of the prospective study on the Marina of Tomorrow in St Vaast-la-Hougue (pilot port) in partnership with Normandie Maritime Objectives:   –             Spread the message on the importance of changing the management paradigm, especially among port staff and local nautical stakeholders –             Identify the drivers of growth and diversification for the port, particularly in …
  • PIRATE FROM BRITTANY, A beach club to learn about the sea - 05/01/2021
    The “Pirate of Brittany” project was rolled out across four beaches in Brittany (Lorient, Fouesnant, Sarzeau and Pléneuf-Val-André) in order to meet several objectives: Providing easy access for children to water sports, with no time commitment, no booking required. Developing young people’s water skills Breaking cultural codes by using the beach, a place accessible and …
  • A closer look at innovative products in the Pays de la Loire…. - 05/01/2021
    After the summer of 2019, which provided an opportunity to test the seven innovative nautical ideas, the emphasis this year has been placed on communication about these products. –          A radio advertising campaign on the sailing offers for families “Vogue&Vague”:  1671 spots on two regional stations. –          A leaflet promoting the five innovations disseminated to …
  • Resounding success for the two 2020 cabotage routes on the west coast of the Cotentin peninsula - 04/01/2021
    A beach club to learn about the sea From 25 July to 7 August 2020, SVP des Ports de la Manche and SVP Nautisme organised two cabotage tours on the west coast of the Cotentin peninsula.             One, on the coast of Les Havres, departing from Port-bail-sur-Mer, via the harbour …
  • Cabotage on the Viking Coast july 20-26, 2019 - 04/01/2021
    From 20 to 26 July 2019, the Manche departmental council and SPL des Ports de la Manche held the inaugural coastal navigation event along the east coast of the Channel, from Carentan-les-Marais to Barfleur, via Morsalines Bay, Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, (favourite village of the French people in 2019), Tatihou and Îles Saint-Marcouf.  
  • CAPITEN, a key tool for developing new nautical products - 04/01/2021
    The Pays de la Loire Region has teamed up with Solutions&Co, the Pays de la Loire economic development agency and the Pays de la Loire Olympic and Sports Regional Committee (CROS) to develop new concepts for water-based products and services. Solutions&Co has developed five new water-based concepts for families, accessible to beginners: Water-based experiences to …
  • Products of Région Pays de la Loire - 17/12/2019
    The Pays de la Loire Region has teamed up with Solutions&Co, the Pays de la Loire economic development agency and the Pays de la Loire Olympic and Sports Regional Committee (CROS) to develop new concepts for water-based products and services. Solutions&Co has developed five new water-based concepts for families, accessible to beginners: Water-based experiences to …

The Capiten project

CAPITEN (Atlantic Cluster for Technological and Economic Innovation in the Nautical Sector) is a European collaborative project that brings together 16 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.
Information on events and training sessions will also be posted and shared in biannual newsletters. Sign up to stay updated on the project’s achievements.

Atlantic Area
2014-2020 program

3 innovation clusters

The 16 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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