In 1968, 3 Edhec’s students established the Course Croisière EDHEC. Jean-Luc Picot, Francis Prat et Pierre Jouanet aspired to make the sport they are passionate about more popular. The goal is quickly achieved: the Course Croisiere Edhec leaves its mark in the nautic world. Since 1970, it has been known as an European sport event welcoming all European great schools. Some competitors collected tens of thousands of euros to rent their boat or to be skipped by a professional.
Among those famous sailors that competed during the Course Croisière EDHEC, can be found Eric Tabarly, Alain Colas, Franck Cammas, Olivier de Kersauson, Vincent Riou, Jean Le Cam, Marc Thiercelin, Yves Parlier, Marc Pajot, Yann Eliès, Yvan Bourgnon, Jean-Luc Van Den Heede, ou encore Jimmy Pahun.
For its 10th anniversary in 1979, crews of the Course Croisière EDHEC stopped for the first time in a foreign country in Guernsey in England. During the following year competitors of the Sea Trophy sailed in a new path ie the
Cherbourg – Cowes – Cherbourg . They competed against each other while sailing across the English Channel. In 1975In 1975 the Organization changed its name
EDHEC Sailing Cup to
Course Croisière EDHEC 2 years later the French Federation of Sailing started to supervise the race, which helped gathering all competitors around the event. The record of participation in the Sea Trophy was reached in 1987 with 347 boats in competition.
For each new edition the event, Course Croisière EDHEC is sponsored by someone new, who has generally a sailing background. It allows us to introduce great names of sailing to many students, to democratize sailingSponsorship by sports personalities or politicians make it possible for the Organization to share its core values meaning boldness, ambition, commitment, self-improvement, and finally a taste for wildenesswilderness.