LES VOILES DE SAINT-TROPEZ: AN UNMISSABLE RENDEZVOUS!

LES VOILES DE SAINT-TROPEZ

On water as on shore, the 4000 crew members who gather in St Tropez every year in the coppery light of early autumn, aboard more than 300 of the most beautiful modern and classic boats in the world, have transformed what was originally – 35 years ago – a friendly get- together, into The Place To Be. Faithful to its values, the team from the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez with its president, André Beaufils, have nonetheless managed to maintain the unique spirit of the Voiles de Saint-Tropez. Celebrating its 18th year in 2016 with the usual revelry, the Voiles de Saint-Tropez epitomises the success of this time proven formula. The mix of classical yachts with boats from the third millennium is the outstanding feature and true trademark of this event; as are the parties and many shore based activities – open to the public and locals alike.

On the water: a game for all!
If good sportsmanship dominates the spirit of the Voiles de Saint Tropez, the on-water battle is no less intense. From Sunday, September 25th, the event commences with the spectacular arrival of the famous Yacht Club de France Autumn Cup, open to classic yachts racing from Cannes to Saint-Tropez. The distinctive trophies awarded are enough to entice. Such is the celebrated Rolex Trophy, awarded in 2015 to the classic boat category Marconi B, won by Maria Giovanna II, an 11m bermudian sloop designed in 1969 by Olin Stephens. For the modern yachts there are two equally emblematic trophies: the BMW Trophy, awarded to the winner of the Wally Racing Class, currently held by Magic Blue, a Wally 94 designed in 2002 by German Frers, (Magic Blue first came onto the scene under the auspices of the famous Magic Carpet tryptic); and the Edmond de Rothschild Trophy, presented in 2015 to the IRC class C, won by the extremely fast US TP52 Vesper, signed B&C, which is none other than the former Quantum 2008.

Ashore: a party for all
Race in the daytime, party at night. Once again the spectacle of the Voiles will be present on water as on land inviting Tropéziens and the public to participate in the event both around the port and in the village. The highlight of the shore-based entertainments is the crew fancy dress parade scheduled for Thursday night. The jury, poised on a platform in front of the port side cafes, will be composed of a mixture of Tropéziens – representing the town hall and the shopkeepers – plus some captains. The jury itself will be disguised. In order to allow enough preparation time for the crews, this great parade which starts from the race village and does the rounds of the port will start at 7pm. The party continues at the Place de Lices, with different activities notably the famous « rugby », the mechanical bull, arm wrestling and the notorious tug-of-war, not to mention the reputable boules contest Wednesday evening and the Savoyarde feast.

Sponsors to les Voiles de Saint-Tropez

ROLEX
BMW
GROUPE EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD
WALLY
KAPPA
HOTEL BYBLOS
LES MARINES DE COGOLIN
L’ESPRIT VILLAGE DES COMMERCANTS DE SAINT-TROPEZ

PROGRAMME
MODERN YACHTS
Saturday 24 September – Sunday 25: Registration and inspection
Monday 26, Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28, Thursday 29 (J. Laurain Day, Challenge Day), Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October: Coastal course, 1st start 11:00am

CLASSIC YACHTS
Sunday 25 and Monday 26 September: Registration and inspection
Sunday 25 September: finish of the Yacht Club de France’s Autumn Cup from Cannes
Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28, Thursday 29 (J. Laurain Day, Challenge Day, Club 55 Cup, GYC Centenary Trophy), Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October: Coastal course, 1st start 12:00 noon

Prize-giving for everyone
Sunday 2 October, from 11:00am
Organisation:
Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez, President: André Beaufils
Principal Race Officer: Georges Korhel
On-water organisation: Philippe Martinez
On-shore administration and logistics: Emmanuelle Filhastre
Registration: Frédérique Fantino
Communication: Chloé de Brouwer
Website: www.lesvoilesdesaint-tropez.fr
Facebook: Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez official
Twitter: @VoilesSTOrg
Press Relations:
Maguelonne Turcat

Photos:
Gilles Martin-Raget, www.martin-raget.com

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