Thank you and see you next year!

07/10/2017, Saint-Tropez (FRA,83), Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2017, jour 7

Today, the traditional glamorous awards ceremony for the Prizes and Trophies at the citadel in sunny Saint Tropez rounded off this extraordinary festival of international yachting. Nearly 4,000 skippers, captains, sailors and owners are now returning to their daily lives right around the sailing planet, some in awe, some just a little stunned by so much festivity and marine splendour throughout the past week in the wonderful bay setting in France’s Var region. The 2017 edition once again enthralled those on the water and those on shore and it’s certainly going to be a long wait for all concerned until 2018. In the meantime, seafarers and sailing fans the world over can be warmed by the memories and the thousands of dazzling images of the extraordinary and timeless racing amongst the world’s most beautiful boats.
André Beaufils, President of the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez “We’ll naturally remember the beautiful weather conditions that guaranteed the success of this edition. 2017 is a fine vintage. Each year, I wonder how I can introduce new innovations to amaze those on shore. I have a few ideas for next year’s 20th edition. The parade by the crews seems to be running out of steam slightly so we need to think about how we can fire up the festive aspect of the event even more. The feedback from the crews and owners is excellent and it’s a pleasure to hear that. The only slight reservations relate to the on-the-water safety regarding the spectator boats. In addition, I’m very happy to witness the enthusiasm of the local, regional, national and international media with over 200 French and overseas journalists and 20 teams filming the event. Var Matin graced us with covers and very comprehensive articles every day and the partners appear to be delighted.”
Georges Kohrel, Principal Race Officer “We enjoyed very good conditions throughout the week from Monday onwards, and though sometimes a little boisterous according to some, the wind was a constant player! There are no serious collisions to lament. However, we did see around ten or so sailors end up in the drink, without consequence fortunately! I’m very pleased with the Committees, the teams on the water and the safety guys, who were very much in demand on the water due to the presence of countless spectator boats, which didn’t always stick to the rules or respect those yachts out on the racetrack. We have been fleshing out our teams each year and we’re endeavouring to call upon our powers of persuasion to prevent visiting boats from taking the risk of getting too close to the yachts whilst racing. There is quite an education required in that department. The competitors’ safety is essential. Aside from that, everyone has worked really well, with a great display of solidarity in evidence. There have only been a few protests made to the jury, which proves that everything’s working well!”
Sailing glamour at Les Voiles: Loïck Peyron, Franck Cammas (Babsy), Patrizio Bertelli (Linnet) Sébastien Audigane (Mariska), Sébastien Destremeau (Ikra), Christian Ponthieu (Mariska), Alain Fédensieu (Nagaiana), Antoine Carpentier (Black pepper 2), Pablo Santurde (The Lady Anne), Jochen Schuman (Open Season), Ben Ainslie (Blitzen), Marc Pajot (Tango), Marcel van Triest (Magic Carpet3), Alexia barrier (Nada), Brad Butterworth (Rambler), Jan Dekker (Rambler), Dimitri Deruelle (Team Vision), Sime Fantella (Nahima), Flavio Favini (Magic Blue), German Frers (Fjord III), Torben Grael (Linnet), Erwan Leroux (Genie of the lamp), Philippe Monnet (Lys), Lionel Péan (Babsy), Thierry Péponnet (Tango), Luc Poupon, Sébastien Col (Renata), Marie Tabarly (Mariska), Bruno Troublé (Chips), Nicolas Troussel (Daguet), Vasco Vascotto (Cannonball), Tom Whidden (Magic Carpet), Pierre Casiraghi (Tuiga)…
The rankings: Wally The Wallys, in their dedicated round set off Pampelonne, validated 6 superb races, alternating between windward-leewards and pretty coastal sprints. 14 of these futuristic machines were competing this week. The battle royal between the 4 Wallycento certainly lived up to its promises, Magic Carpet3 dominating the top spot for a long while against the formidable Open Season. Ultimately though, it was the ‘little’ Wally 77 Lyra that took the trophy by winning two fine races. 1- Lyra – Wally 77: 12 pts 2- Open Season – Wally 107: 14 pts 3- Magic Carpet3 – Wallycento: 15 pts Modern craft  The 5 IRC groups all validated 4 races this week amidst a range of very varied breeze, which enabled a number of fine winners to be crowned.
IRC A  Cammas at ease in VOR 70 For Franck Cammas, stepping back aboard a VOR 70 was like riding a bike. Accompanied by Lionel Péan and crew aboard the sistership to his Groupama IV, he got the better of the Maxi 72 Cannonball and the giants Rambler and My Song, turning this week’s windy conditions to their advantage. 1- Babsy – Franck Cammas: 17 pts 2- Cannonball – Dario Ferrari: 24 pts 3- Rambler – George David: 25 pts
IRC B 1- Music –  James Blakemore: 12 pts 2- Daguet – Frederic Puzin: 14 pts 3- Flo d’Orient – Bernard Coquelet : 16 pts
IRC C  1- Renata – Orel Kalomeni: 8 pts 2- Alizée – Laurent Camprubi: 10 pts 3- Arobas – Gerard Logel: 14 pts
IRC D 1- Takaoama3 – Pierre Chartier: 18 pts 2- Vito 2 – Gian Marco Magrini: 20 pts 3- Al Dente – Hubert Lombardo: 23 pts I
RC E
1- Alice – Simon Henning – 11 pts 2- Heat – Max Augustin – 13 pts 3- Expresso 2 – Guy Claeys – 16 pts
Classics: The Classic yachts sailed some spectacular races in the bay each day. The four Fife-designed 15 m JIs competing for the Rolex Trophy completed 7 races in all.
Grand Tradition  1- Moonbeam III — Erwan Noblet: 8 pts 2- Halloween – Inigo Strez: 15 pts 3- Elena of London – Steve McLaren: 17 pts
Gaff-rigged Epoque Group A 1- Spartan – Charles Ryan: 9 pts 2- Olympian – Marc Audineau: 9 pts 3- Kelpie – Olive Pelham: 11 pts
Gaff-rigged Epoque Group B 1- Linnet – Patrizio Bertelli: 4 pts 2- Tilly XV – Joeri Moessnang: 8 pts 3- Oriole – Laurence Rames de Moers: 20 pts Marconi Epoque A 1- Rowdy – Riendan McCarthy: 10 pts 2- Blitzen – Peter Morton: 11 pts 3-  Enterprise – Hans Christian Schrijvers: 17 pts
Marconi Epoque B – the 8ms 1- Cholita – Bruno Catalan: 8 pts 2- Carron II – Jean Luc Leveque: 9 pts 3- Jour de Fête – Pascal Oddo: 18 pts
Marconi Epoque C 1- Cippino II – Daniel Sieleki: 7 pts 2- Fjord III – German Frers: 11 pts 3- Comet – Marc Marciano: 16 pts
Marconi Epoque D 1- Sonda – Eric Leprince: 5 pts 2- Nagaiana – Alain Fédensieu: 14 pts 3- Java – Schengili: 15 pts
Marconi Classic A 1- Lys – Philippe Monnet: 8 pts 2- Eugenia V: 13 pts 3- Yanira – Andre de Leon: 13 pts
Marconi Classic B 1- St Christopher – Daria Cabai: 9 pts 2- Aigue Blu – Fabrice Garau: 20 pts 3- Palynodie II – Henri Ferbus: 16 pts
Marconi Classic C 1- France – Thierry Verneuil: 9 pts 2- Ikra – Sebastien Destremeau: 10 pts 3- Sovereign – Nicolas Berenger: 10 pts
Guest Group 1- Maria Giovanna II – Jean Pierre Sauvan: 7 pts 2- Alibaba II – Jorge Blanco: 9 pts 3- Windhover – Olivier Poulain: 12 pts
Modern Marconi 1- Camomille – Jean Louis Nathan: 12 pts 2- Jolt – Peter Harrison: 17 pts 3- Aetos – Nicolas Sihouris: 13 pts
15 M JI 15 mJI after 7 races. Mariska is declared the winner thanks to the number of race wins posted, namely four. 1- Mariska – Benjamin Redreau: 14 pts 2- The Lady Anne – Le May Richard: 14 pts 3- Tuiga – Pierre Casiraghi: 20 pts 4- Hispania – Jose Rabane: 23 pts
The Yacht Club de France’s Autumn Cup 12 m JI: 1- Ikra – Sébastien Destremeau Gaff Group 1- Tilly XV – Joerg Moessnang Classic Group: 1- Maria Giovana II – Jean Pierre Sauvan Marconi Group: 1- Argyll – Griff Rhys Jones Marconi B Group 1- Cippino II – Martin Billoch Tofinou Group 1- Pitch – Patrice Ribaud
The Trophies: Rolex TrophyMariska – Christian Niels – 15 m JI  Edmond de Rothschild TrophyRenata – Orel Kalomeni – IRC C BMW Trophy: Wally 77 Lyra – Jaimie Anderson – Wally TrophemininStele – Pascale Ligier The Town of Saint-Tropez TrophyRenata –Orel Kalomeni – Modern boats, all categories combined ParadeAsana Bowling (petanque) competitionJava Bleue Yacht Club de France Trophy: Tilly XV – Joerg Moessnang Loro Piana TrophyBabsy – Franck Cammas – IRC A Kappa TrophyMusic – James Blackmore – IRC B  Enata TrophyTokaoma3 – Pierre Chartier – IRC D Marines de Cogolin TrophyAlice – Simon Henning IRC E Le Byblos TrophySpartan – Charles Ryan Gaff-rigged Epoque A Pommery TrophyLinnet – Patricio Bertelli Gaff-rigged Epoque B Jetfly TrophyRowdy – Brendan Mc Cathy Marconi Epoque A SNSM TrophyCholita – Bruno Catalan Marconi Epoque B Esprit Village TrophyCippino II – Daniel Sieleki Marconi Epoque C Air France TrophySonda – Eric Leprince Marconi Epoque D Mercantour TrophyLys – Philippe Monnet Marconi Classic A

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