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Fédération Française de Voile

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[Flag of FFV]

Flag of the FFV - Images by Ivan Sache, 31 July 2016


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Presentation of the FFV

The organization of yachting started in France on 15 June 1867 with the creation of the Société d'Encouragement pour la Navigation de Plaisance, placed under the patronage of Emperor Napoléon III and renamed short after Yacht Club de France (YCF). The YCF remained the sole authority in charge of sailing and motor yachting until the Second World War. The "Sports Chart" issued on 20 December 1940 by the Vichy Government totally reorganized sports in France on the Italian and German models; the sports federations were placed under the direct control of the state, which appointed their leaders. Following the abrogation of the "Sports Chart" by the Gaullist government on 2 October 1943, new national federations were set up after the liberation.

The Fédération de Yachting à Voile was founded in 1946 but was officially recognized by the Ministry of Sports only in 1976, having been renamed Fédération Française de Voile (FFV) in 1975.
The duties of the FFV are the promotion, encouragement, development, management, teaching, organization, and regulation of sport yachting in its broader sense, including competition, leisure, educational and social activities, and tourism.
In 2009, the 28 regional leagues of the FFV encompassed 1,049 affiliated clubs. The top five clubs by their membership are the Société des Régates du Havre (2,006), the Société Nautique de la Trinité-sur-Mer (1,549), the Yacht Club d'Antibes (1,099), the Société Nautique de Marseille (924) and the Centre Nautique Paul Vatine [Le Havre] (811).

Ivan Sache, 5 November 2009


Flag of the FFV

The flag pf the FFV (photo), which is widely used , on land, by the affiliated clubs, is white with the federation's logo.
The FFV unveiled on 7 December 2012 (press release) its new "visual identity", designed by the Leroy Tremblot agency. The new logo uses the colours of the French national flag, shaped like two interlaced sails forming the "V" of "Voile" (Sailing). The sails do not represent a specific boat, recalling that the federation represents "sailing, all kinds of sailing".

The graphical charter of the federation gives detailed colour specifications, with two shades of dark blue for the letters "FF", three shades of light blue for the first sail and the letters "oile", and two shades of red for the second sail.
On the flag, "direct shades" are used, that is, without shade gradient, prescribed as follows:

Colour		Pantone
Dark blue	 2747C
Light blue	  299C
Red		 1795C

Ivan Sache,31 July 2016


Écoles françaises de Voile

[Flag of FFV]

Flag of EFVoile - Image by Ivan Sache, 31 July 2016

Écoles françaises de Voile (EFvoile; presentation) is one of the labels granted by the FFV, as prescribed by the official rules of the federation (text) and Appendix No. 1 (text), specific to sailing schools. "Écoles françaises de Voile" is a registered trademark (No. 852145, 23 April 1987), recognized as a label by the Ministry of Youth and Sports. The 480 sailing schools affiliated to the label have signed a charter, which includes the following commitments:
- appropriate reception;
- modern and diversified equipment;
- personalized supervizing;
- training towards autonomy;
- appropriate safety measures.

The official rules of the federation prescribe "the use of the specific flag, in good state, of the Écoles françaises de Voile". The flag (photo) is dark blue with the logo of the Écoles françaises de Voile, similar to the logo of the federation, with "EF" instead of "FF" and colours appropriate to the background.

Ivan Sache, 31 July 2016


Former flag of the FFV

[Flag of FFV]         [Flag of FFV]

Former flag of the FFV, two versions - Images by Ivan Sache, 31 July 2016

The former flag of the FFV was white with the logo of the federation in the middle.
The logo of the FFV is made of the writing "FF (white outlined in blue) Voile" (blue) with two blue and red stripes behind "FF".
The flag was also used, quite unfrequently, with a blue background and the logo countercoloured (photo) - that is, with blue and white parts swapped.

Ivan Sache,31 July 2016


Flag of clubs affiliated with the FFV

[Flag of FFV clubs]

Flag of the FFV-affiliated club - Photo taken in Marseilles by Ivan Sache, 28 April 2009

The clubs affiliated with the FFV are granted a triangular blue flag with the logo of the FFV (with blue and white colours counterchanged) and "Club" in red letters on the left of the logo.

Ivan Sache, 24 September 2009


Flags of the regional sailing leagues

The French Sailing Federation tutors leagues organized in each administrative Region; the regional leagues have local competences, especially in competition management and yachting training.


Alpes-Provence Sailing League

[Flag of the Alpes-Provence League]

Flag of the Alpes-Provence Sailing League - Image by Ivan Sache, 15 October 2010

The Alpes-Provence Sailing League (Ligue Alpes-Provence de Voile, website) is in charge of sailing in the Departments of Alpes-de-Haute- Provence, Hautes-Alpes, Bouches-du-Rhône and Vaucluse, that is the "Provence-Alpes" component of Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. The league encompasses 52 clubs and nearly 16,000 members.

The flag of the League (photos, August 2008) is white with the logo of the League.
The logo of the League is made of a stylized blue pennant, "Voile" (Sailing) in blue letters, except the "V", bigger, in red, and a blue rectangle charged with the white writing "LIGUE / ALPES . PROVENCE", "LIGUE" being separated from the two other words by the base of the red "V".

Ivan Sache, 15 October 2010


Brittany Sailing League

[Flag of the Brittany League]

Flag of the Brittany Sailing League - Image by Ivan Sache, 12 October 2010

The Brittany Sailing League (Ligue Bretonne de Voile, website), based in Brest, represents some 30% of the members of the French Sailing Federation and more than 185 clubs.

The flag of the League (photo, 17 July 2009), is white with a blue saltire, charged on its ascending arm with the white writing "VOILE - BRETAGNE" and cantonned with the emblem of the League.
The emblem of the League is an elegant variation of the Breton ermine spot, whose lower part is shaped like a blue and red sailboat. The three lozenges of the ermine spot are blue on the emblem; however, on the flag, the upper lozenge is blue while the two other are red. The colors of the lozenges are confirmed by D. Kervella and M. Bodlore-Penlaez (Guide des drapeaux bretons et celtes)

Ivan Sache, 12 October 2010


Centre Sailing League

The Centre Sailing League (Ligue du Centre de Voile, website) encompasses 27 clubs located in the departments of Cher (2), Eure-et-Loir (5), Indre (3), Indre-et-Loire (5), Loir-et-Cher (4), and Loiret (8).

The flag of the league (photo, 26 August 2012) is white with the logo of the League.

Ivan Sache, 12 October 2010


Haute-Normandie Sailing League

[Flag of the Haute-Normandie League]

Flag of the Haute-Normandie Sailing League - Image by Ivan Sache, 12 October 2010

The Haute-Normandie Sailing League (Ligue de Voile de Haute-Normandie, website) encompasses 24 clubs and more than 9,500 members.

The flag of the League (photos, August 2010) is white with the logo of the League.
The logo of the League is similar to the logo of the Regional Council of Haute-Normandie, shaped as a sail, with the black writing "LIGUE DE VOILE" (Yachting League) along the upper edge of the sail and "HAUTE-NORMANDIE" below the sail.

Ivan Sache, 16 September 2012


Île-de-France Sailing League

The Île-de-France Sailing League (Ligue Île-de-France de Voile, website) encompasses 87 clubs located in the departments of Paris (15), Seine-et-Marne (11), Yvelines (18), Essonne (16), Hauts-de-Seine (7), Seine- Saint-Denis (3), Val-de-Marne (10), and Val-d'Oise (7).

The flag of the League (photo, 22 July 2011) is white with the logo of the League in the middle.

Ivan Sache, 16 September 2012


Lorraine Sailing League

The Lorraine Sailing League (Ligue Lorraine de Voile, website) encompasses 19 clubs located in the departments of Moselle (9), Meurthe-et-Moselle (6), Meuse (2), and Vosges (2).

The flag of the League (photo, 24 August 2012), is white with the writings "Ligue Lorraine de Voile" at the top and "Lorraine" at the bottom, in the middle the logos of the French Sailing Federation and of the Council General of Lorraine.

Ivan Sache, 16 September 2012


Nord / Pas-de-Calais Sailing League

The Nord / Pas-de-Calais Sailing League (Ligue Régionale de Voile Nord / Pas-de-Calais (website) encompasses 40 clubs and some 12,000 members.

The flag of the League (photo, 24 August 2012) is blue with the logo of the League, countercoloured, in the middle.

Ivan Sache, 16 September 2012


Pays de la Loire Sailing League

The Pays de la Loire Sailing League (Ligue Régionale de Voile des Pays de la Loire, website) encompasses 93 clubs located in the departments of Loire-Atlantique (40), Maine-et-Loire (7), Mayenne (5), Sarthe (4), and Vendée (37).

The flag of the League (photo, 9 July 2011) is white with the logo of the League.
The logo is mostly made of a red sail standing over a map of the Region Pays de la Loire. Note that the writing under the logo reads "Ligue de Voile des Pays de la Loire", while the official name of the league is "Ligue Régionale de Voile des Pays de la Loire".

Ivan Sache, 16 September 2012


Poitou-Charentes Sailing League

[Flag of the Poitou-Charentes League]

Flag of the Poitou-Charentes Sailing League - Image by Ivan Sache, 14 October 2010

The Poitou-Charentes Sailing League (Ligue Poitou-Charente de Voile, website) is based in La Rochelle.

The flag of the League (photos, August 2008) is white with the logo of the League.
The logo of the League is made of a rectangle horizontally divided light blue (sky) and blue (sea), with five white triangular sails, three small in the background and two bigger in the foreground, over the biggest sail a red diagonal curved stripe, probably alluding to the former Region's flag. The name of the League is written in blue letters on the right of the emblem, on three lines (LIGUE / POITOU-CHARENTES / DE VOILE).
On the flag, the light blue and blue fields are separated by a thin white line, which does not appear on the printed logo of the League.

Ivan Sache, 24 October 2010