The Legends take centre stage

02/10/2013 - Saint-Tropez (FRA,83) - Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2013 - Day 3

300 boats and one record: 16 competing Wallys

New Race Village, same fantastic atmosphere

The Yacht Club de France’s Autumn Cup: they’re coming!

 In Saint Tropez, Autumn is an alien concept. Every year the last days of September see the famous port in southern France’s Var region put on her loveliest summer attire to welcome the pride of international yachting. From tomorrow, Sunday, and throughout the coming week, the most elegant Modern and Classic yachts will hit the water in thrilling fashion, fired up by the eternal spirit of Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, which the hardworking teams at the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez happily revive year on year. With every new edition, some 300 yachts flock to the bay, delighting novices and professionals with their stunning silhouettes born from the creative geniuses of naval architects the world over. Like their predecessors, the 2016 edition of Les Voiles certainly has its share of new features and surprises, with something for all tastes and all aspirations, from the pure sporting thoroughbreds that include no fewer than 16 sumptuous Wallys, to the ‘offshore racing monsters’ such as Leopard, Sojana and a score of TP 52s and VOR 70s, to the gaff and Bermudan rigs atop the classic racing giants Cambria, Elena and Puritan.

The all-new Race Village.

To allow for the completion of work to renovate and extend the Harbour Master’s office in the port of Saint-Tropez, the organising structure has literally gone to great lengths to accommodate Les Voiles. Indeed, the race village now stretches 70 metres down and 10 metres across one of the town’s streets on a single storey. The traditional porch leads into an entirely redesigned space, notably comprising a 20-metre long bar, with an outdoor terrace, a very popular Kappa boutique and a competitors’ area. Press reception is located on the left-hand side at the entrance to the village.


The Yacht Club de France’s Autumn Cup

Linking Cannes and Saint Tropez, the arrival of the “Coupe d’Automne du Yacht Club de France” heralds the start of festivities as dozens of classic yachts descend on the town. As they reach the far end of the bay and the Tour du Portalet under full sail it’s a showstopping conclusion to the 21-mile race.

Most of the Classic yachts will continue their registration process tomorrow and Monday, before beginning their races on Tuesday. The 15mJIs are the exception to the rule, as they get out on the racetrack on Monday, along with the Modern yachts.

Sunday at 15:00 GMT: official inauguration of Les Voiles’ race village.

Quotes from the Boats:

André Beaufils, President of the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez

“Understandably, the security context is such that we have been led to organise a ‘fan zone’ system, which will be implemented by the authorities concerned with the main focus on tomorrow, Thursday and Saturday 1 October. As such, access to Les Voiles’ race village will involve controlled checkpoints. However, the spirit of Saint Tropez will be more evident than ever with a ‘street’ done out in trompe l’oeil embodying the village and crews keen to have as much fun as possible, so we can expect another great and splendid week at Les Voiles.”

Partners to Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez




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


Sunday 25 and Monday 26 September: Registration and inspection

Sunday 25 September: finish of the Yacht Club de France’s Coupe d’Automne 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


Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez, President: André Beaufils Principal Race Officer: Georges Korhel On the water organisation: Philippe Martinez On shore administration and logistics: Emmanuelle Filhastre Registration: Frédérique Fantino Communication: Chloé de Brouwer Website: Facebook: Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez official Twitter: @VoilesSTOrg

Press Relations: Maguelonne Turcat

Photos: Gilles Martin-Raget,

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