• St Tropez Shine In Prime Conditions

    The Moderns in joy under the Portalet: Daguet2, Spirit of Malou, Andante 4 already in evidence
    - Tomorrow Tuesday, entry into the running of the Classics Make way for sport! And how !

    The Gulf of Saint-Tropez was today adorned with its finery, sustained wind, azure sky, bright sun and navy blue sea, perfectly meeting the expectations of the 85 modern sailboats invited to launch the new Voiles formula. . From 11 a.m., the largest units of the IRC B and IRC C class set off together in a tonic north-west sector flow, measured at more than 25 knots, for a 19-mile regatta, technical as desired, along the Gulf . They were immediately followed by the three other competing groups, which bring together the cream of the 10 to 13 meter racer-cruisers, real famous killers on all the most prominent racing waters. A full day of sport, in contact, at all speeds, in a forceful wind at 28 knots, which already reveals the forces involved.

    A truly ideal day!
    They did not hide their happiness. The sailors of the Modern Voiles category today inaugurated the new format of the Tropézien event. They were offered the privilege of crossing the wet starting line under the Portalet, a spectacle usually reserved for classic yachts. There is no clearing mark in the gulf, safety obliges, it is therefore at downwind speeds that these units often run by very high-flying crews, where big names in French offshore racing appear here and there, such as Olympism or the America's Cup, slipped at great speed under the dikes of Saint-Tropez. At first cautious in gusts of more than 25 knots, each unit gave itself room to choose its side of the water, before tactics in contact. Particularly incisive on the water, the 11 to 13 meter sailboats of the IRC C group, in contention for the BMW Trophy, ensured the spectacle by multiple changes of leaders at the option of tacking and gybing. The Swan 42Andante 4 to Belgian Bernard Marchand is taking advantage of his excellent form to climb to the top of the provisional podium tonight. The Swan 50 Swiss Club Mathilde M , winner in real time, has to settle for third place tonight, behind Giovanni Di Vicenzo's Ker 46 Lisa R. It is no great surprise to note the order taking at IRC B from Daguet2 to Frédéric Puzin. The magnificent Mylius 50 was only beaten in real time on the line, after two and a half hours of fierce struggle, by the JP54 The Kid led by Jean Pierre Dick, and which is now behind him in corrected time.

    TP 52 conditions! With four boats classified in 16 minutes, the 52-footers delivered a moment of regatta well in the spirit of the famous TP 52. Stéphane Nevé has assembled aboard Spirit of Malou a shock crew which we know will not let go. much to a competition yet the most severe. The Figarists Alexis Loison, Anthony Marchand and the Château brothers, to name but a few, shone in the breeze of the day, chaining long tacks upwind and downwind descents, under large spinnaker and at more than 20 knots. They are ready for all the conditions that the weather will put in their way ...

    The Classics, tomorrow!The eagerly awaited traditional sailing ships will enter the great Tropézienne sarabande tomorrow. Divided into 7 distinct groups, depending on their size and their rigging, this week the yachts of less than 24 meters will be on show. Metric classes, 8 m and 12 m, Bermudian sloops, auric cutters, ketches, yawls, there is something for everyone. More than a century of splendid naval architecture dedicated to yachting, to performance in aesthetics, is to be discovered in the Saint-Tropez setting, against a backdrop of sport and competition, which remains the essence, the DNA of these sailboats , signatures of the largest yacht clubs in the world. We will carefully observe the Epoque Aurique group, where six exceptional units will compete for the coveted Rolex Trophy all week. Viola, the jewel signed Fife in 1908, formidable in recent seasons during major Mediterranean meetings, is a favorite, with its crew of friends perfectly familiar with the subtleties of the sailboat. Viola will find his best "enemies", Esterel (Sibille 1912), Lulu (Rabot 1897) or Nin(Quernel 1913). Among the centenarians, the P-Class is one of the many categories of the universal gauge, of which the best known is that of the J, and the smallest, under the name S-Class. It was developed in the United States by Nathanael Herreshoff to replace the Seawanhaka gauge. Adopted in 1903 by the New York Yacht Club, it was applied to the rules of the America's Cup in 1920. The J-Class was used as a support for America's Cup regattas from 1930 to 1937 before being replaced by 12 Meter from the International Tonnage in 1958. The gaff-rigged sailboats of the P-Class Boat appeared around 1920, with units as prestigious as Alloede and Olympian , - present at Voiles de Saint -Tropez this year alongside Chips(1913) and Corinthian (Herreshoff 1911).

    BMW's partner of the day The car manufacturer, but also motorcycles, bicycles and electric scooters BMW has been a partner of Les Voiles for 13 years. It exhibits and often preview certain latest vehicles from its ranges, and participates, through the presentation and testing of its models, in the animation of the village of Voiles. This year, the BMW Trophy will reward the best boat in the IRC C category, a particularly racing class, which reflects a large part of BMW's involvement in motorsport. Karine Drira-Rogez, Head of BMW Events Department:“BMW is a partner of many sailing competitions. We share with this sport many values, ethical, philosophical, but also an ecological approach, since BMW is engaged in a process increasingly aware of ecological issues. Saint-Tropez is also the unmissable meeting place for our customers who are passionate about sailing and cars. We are very happy that Les Voiles, one of the most beautiful nautical events ever, has been maintained. We are able to offer a test center with 9 vehicles until October 4, and open to the general public. We can also discover our new BMW M4 Coupé at the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez, which has just been unveiled in preview last week in Monaco. The M 1000RR is on display as a world premiere. This is a motorcycle with exceptional characteristics. All these exclusives have been reserved for Les Voiles. Loïc Peyron is still our ambassador, a real link between the technological world of sailing and the automobile. ”

    2020 program:

    Week 1: Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez
    Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September: welcome for sailboats up to approximately 20 meters (except for certain classes) Monday 28 September: regattas for modern sailboats Tuesday 29, Wednesday 30 September, Friday 2, Saturday, October 3: regattas for modern yachts and traditional yachts Thursday 1 st October day challenges Saturday, October 3: award (week 1)

    Week 2: Les Voiles Super Boats
    Sunday 4 and Monday 5 October: reception of large units (Wally, IRCA, Maxi yachts, Grands Traditions, large Schooners) Tuesday 6, Wednesday 7, Thursday 8, Friday 9: regattas of large units Friday 9 October: awards ceremony (week 2)

    The measures planned by the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez (excluding the competing system):
    Staff and volunteers - Screening of all stakeholders before and during the Village des Voiles event - Reduction of the village to 400 m2 (instead of 1,500 m2 usual), 400 people maximum - Exhibitor spaces limited to partners. Access to the official North Sail store will be from the outside only. - Wearing a mask, taking the temperature at the entrance and hydroalcoholic gel: compulsory - Collaboration with the Cerballiance laboratory to screen people wishing to do so. - Entertainment: The traditional boules competitions, crew parade, crew party and sardine cannot take place this year. Media - Dematerialized registration formalities, no press room, contact with the press service by email, sms or phone only. For embarkation: negative test for less than 72 hours, wearing a mask compulsory, boarding meeting at the foot of the boats.

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