The new formula of the Voiles de Saint-Tropez, now over two weeks, has for the third time proved its coherence, gratifying racers and owners, as well as a large public, informed or neophyte, with a unique show on the water, and a festive and friendly atmosphere on land. 214 boats, Moderns and Classics, animated by more than 2,100 sailors in the first week, gave way to 800 sailors and 46 Maxi yachts during the past week. All of them were able to race in the most beautiful fairness, in the respect of the safety rules, within groups respecting harmoniously the characteristics of size and gauge of each sailboat. After two years of severe restrictions due to the pandemic, Les Voiles have also returned to their trademark, that inimitable spirit of fair play and conviviality linked to the passion for yachting. The sea, the sun, and sumptuous regattas celebrated in an ideal way the 160 years of the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez, organiser of the event, under the leadership of President Pierre Roinson and his teams.
A reference edition! This 24th edition of the Voiles de Saint-Tropez is undoubtedly one to remember. Each of the two weeks saw the world’s most beautiful yachts, both classic and modern, compete against each other, sometimes in the wind, sometimes in light airs. 46 of the latter, called Maxi because of their size over 60 feet, constituted one of the largest gatherings of this type in the Mediterranean. The last event of their inshore circuit, Saint-Tropez saw the coronation of Capricorno, best Maxi of the season orchestrated by the International Maxi Association. The IMA has also taken advantage of the dynamics of the Voiles to open its doors to Multihulls, and to foilers, who are now invited to the Tropézienne starting lines.
The village, the beating heart of the Voiles One of the great satisfactions of President Roinson and his teams is, beyond the show and the sporting aspect, the beautiful conviviality encountered throughout the 15 days in the heart of the Village of the Sails, the essential nerve centre for the expression of the good humour of the sailors who came from all over the world. An eco-designed village that was also unanimously appreciated until late each evening.
Pierre Roinson, President of the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez “This fortnight has totally met our expectations. We are all delighted. All of us, that is to say the teams of the Nautical Society, the partners, the sailors, all those who have invested themselves, and who are going back conquered. We were spoiled by the summer weather. In total, we welcomed 260 Modern, Classic and Maxi boats, and nearly 3,000 sailors. This is a success. We also found the spirit of the Nioulargue, the party, the conviviality, a superb atmosphere in the evening around the bar. Our second week is finding its feet, with many spectators, on the sea wall and the Jean Réveille quay. Not everything is perfect and we know where we need to improve. But our efforts to preserve the environment are bearing very concrete and measurable results, notably with the implementation of geopositioned electric buoys, with no impact on the seabed, and thanks to the dematerialisation of our documents, notices of race, endorsements, entry forms and results, all of which are now accessible only by digital means. I think next year will be even better. The crews of Magic Carpet3 and Tango who took part in the first Club 55 Cup dedicated to Maxis were delighted to compete in this unique moment of the Voiles and to meet again afterwards at Patrice de Colmont’s for a rare moment of sharing. It is important to find this spirit in the second week which is by nature more professional than the first. Georges Korhel’s teams are doing a remarkable job. They have been able to launch and validate races and this is to their credit. I think that Les Voiles are wonderfully relaunched after two years of Covid…”.
They were at the Sails: Alexia Barrier – Titouan Bernicot – Patrizio Bertelli – Mitch Booth – François Brénac – Brad Butterworth – Pierre Casiraghi – Patrice de Colmont – Harold Cudmore – Isabelle Demongeot – Peter Dubens – Tara Getty – Clément Giraud – Thierry Fouchet – Torben Grael – Karol Jablonski – Murray Jones – Simon Le Bon – Xavier Macaire – Elodie-Jane Mettraux – Corinne Migraine – Stéphane Mifsud – Philippe Monnet – Peter Ogden – Marc Pajot – Loïck Peyron – Christopher Pratt – Pierre Quiroga – Ken Read – Alan Roura – SAR Frederick du Danemark – Jochen Schumann – Marie Tabarly – Marcel van Triest…
The partners of Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez ROLEX BMW NORTH SAILS WALLY SUZUKI MARINE MARSHALL MERCANTOUR BYBLOS BESSERAT DE BELLEFON TORPEZ (VIGNOBLES DE SAINT-TROPEZ) BERNARD OPTIC PEPINIERES PIERRE BASSET ESPRIT VILLAGE A SAINT-TROPEZ
VILLE DE SAINT-TROPEZ
PORT DE SAINT-TROPEZ
LES MARINES DE COGOLIN
FEDERATION FRANCAISE DE VOILE
YACHT CLUB DE FRANCE
INTERNATIONAL MAXI ASSOCIATION
Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez
Président : Pierre Roinson
Principal Race Officer : Georges Korhel
Responsable Régates : Frédérique Fantino
Responsable technique : Philippe Martinez
Communication et Attachée de Direction : Chloé de Brouwer
Rédaction : Denis Van den Brink
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