Following the success of the first Raid Bleu Normandie, the organisers of the 2008 event wished to set off for new horizons and organise it in a site, which is rooted in the maritime history of Lower Normandy. Bearing that in mind, Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue quickly stood out as the obvious choice out of the region's 450-kilometer coastline. A working fishing harbour, a well-known stopover for yachts and a location, steeped in the heritage of centuries of maritime history, Saint-Vaast corresponds perfectly to the founding values that the organisers of the Raid Bleu Normandie had in mind ...
- In Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, the Raid Bleu Normandie will be well at home in a strong maritime community with its own rich identity.
- A natural harbour, Saint-Vaast Bay is not only an ideal site for sea sports, but also a place of work for fishermen and oyster farmers.
- The Vauban forts at la Hougue and Tatihou bear testimony to this ongoing process, which bases the present on history and forms one of the fundamental principles of sustainable development.
- To finish, as in 2007, the event will most certainly be wide open to the general public: a chance to meet some ocean racing champions, many special events, and attractions for everyone mean that this Raid Bleu Normandie will surely be a popular and friendly event.