• The Easterly Wind Animates The Gulf!



    - Blessed week in Saint-Tropez with sun and wind
    - The Trophies take shape in IRC B, C and D…
    - Classics: Yanira in real time

    After the crazy day of yesterday, when the sailors, on land and at sea, celebrated with communicative enthusiasm the 40 years of the Nioulargue, it's time today for the resumption of the games so magnificently started since Monday. The wind, the summer sun have once again contributed to painting the four corners of the gulf these sublime images of modern or classic sailboats, in regattas, their crews more concentrated and determined than ever to extract the quintessence of their mounts and to defend the colors of their owners and owners. Heading into the easterly wind for a dozen knots, the conditions were ideal for setting up pretty courses in the axis of the gulf, 13 miles for the smaller ones, and 20 miles for the larger units. In all the groups, on the eve of the last day of the regatta tomorrow,







    Lines of force among the Moderns
    The frenzied rhythm maintained since Monday by the fleet of 140 Modern sailboats registered for Les Voiles continued throughout the day with a new validated race, this time in a register of medium wind, forcing to more than 15 knots in the middle of the race. midday. Light winds, strong Mistral winds, and medium today! Les Voiles is definitely spoiling sailors in this post-Covid year of all revivals! The sea hemmed in an elegant swell, favored the glide and the heavy maneuvers of spinnaker shipments, pushing the strategists to all the daring. Few differences at the arrivals in all groups, a sign of the commitment of the crews. Solano, the 52-footer built at the Italian shipyard Felci, may have scored a decisive point by winning today and beating its main competitor, the Nacra 47 Pretexte in its IRC B Group, North Sails Trophy. The Grand Soleil Mad IV at Clive Llewelyn is replaced in the perspective of the final sprint tomorrow, while Jean Pierre Dick and his The Kid, less comfortable in this wind register, clearly lowered its flag by doing better than one 17th place. As for the BMW Trophy, which will crown the first IRCC, Nanoq drove the point home by adding a third round victory to his list of the week. Only the other 52 foot Arobas2 beat him in real time. We will observe that in IRCD, the British Cap 31 North Star2 follows a trajectory absolutely similar to that of Nanoq, with today a third race victory, embellished with a beautiful undivided domination in real time as in corrected time. while Jean Pierre Dick and his The Kid, less comfortable in this windy range, clearly lowered their flag, only doing better than 17th place. As for the BMW Trophy, which will crown the first IRCC, Nanoq drove the point home by adding a third round victory to his list of the week. Only the other 52 foot Arobas2 beat him in real time. We will observe that in IRCD, the British Cap 31 North Star2 follows a trajectory absolutely similar to that of Nanoq, with today a third race victory, embellished with a beautiful undivided domination in real time as in corrected time. while Jean Pierre Dick and his The Kid, less comfortable in this windy range, clearly lowered their flag, only doing better than 17th place. As for the BMW Trophy, which will crown the first IRCC, Nanoq drove the point home by adding a third round victory to his list of the week. Only the other 52 foot Arobas2 beat him in real time. We will observe that in IRCD, the British Cap 31 North Star2 follows a trajectory absolutely similar to that of Nanoq, with today a third race victory, embellished with a beautiful undivided domination in real time as in corrected time. Nanoq hit the nail on the head by adding a third set victory to his record of the week. Only the other 52 foot Arobas2 beat him in real time. We will observe that in IRCD, the British Cap 31 North Star2 follows a trajectory absolutely similar to that of Nanoq, with today a third race victory, embellished with a beautiful undivided domination in real time as in corrected time. Nanoq hit the nail on the head by adding a third set victory to his record of the week. Only the other 52 foot Arobas2 beat him in real time. We will observe that in IRCD, the British Cap 31 North Star2 follows a trajectory absolutely similar to that of Nanoq, with today a third race victory, embellished with a beautiful undivided domination in real time as in corrected time.







    Who has not seen a Classic yacht upwind in the swell of the gulf
    …… has not known the great thrill of the Sails. The Lady Anne (Fife 1912), in regatta against her counterpart Tuiga (Fife 1909) literally splashed the body of water in large bunkers of foam on their way to the wet crossing marks on the edge of the Gulf. Tuiga, which was the subject of an express repair yesterday following the rupture of its boom mast, was incisive from the start. But it was the Spanish Bermudan cutter Yanira who proved to be the fastest of the Classics, completing the course in just over 2.5 hours in real time. It was ahead of a breath under the Portalet the 6 m One wave and the Bermudian cutter Maria-Giovanna II.

    And ashore…
    Crew
    evening at La Ponche Long awaited event for crews this evening at La Ponche, Quai l'Esquière in Saint-Tropez. The group Rocky, composed mainly of former musicians of Johnny Hallyday, will pay two strong tributes, one to Johnny of course, and the other to the Rolling Stones, whose drummer Charlie Watts passed away recently. At 11 p.m., a giant fireworks display fired from the sea will conclude the evening.

    Prize-
    giving : The Prize- giving and Trophy for this first week of Sailing, for Modern and Classic yachts will also take place tomorrow Saturday at La Ponche, from 7 p.m.

    Notable boats: Naema
    The schooner Naema was built by Graafship, Bodrum shipyard in Turkey, and delivered to its first owner in 2013 as Noelani, a Hawaiian word meaning “mist from the sky”. She took the name Naema in 2014. Naema is actually a faithful replica of Alfred Mylne's schooner Panda, built in 1938 at Camper & Nicholson in Gosport. The history of the boat is quite astonishing since it would have been bought in the 40s by the French government, to be offered to the king of Anam, Bao Dai. After the withdrawal of the French from Indochina in 1954, the sailboat found refuge in Toulon, in the good care of the French navy which sold it to the American Bill Bodle in 1979. Panda left for the West Indies and from 1981 to 1982 carried out no less than two world tours. After a long career, he died in 1983.










    They said:
    Pierre Roinson, President of the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez
    “The partnership initiated by André Beaufils 10 years ago with the Yacht Club de Gstaad, with the Centenaries Trophy as a central element, is reinforced with the signing of a true twinning. We are proud to join the 35 other International Yacht Clubs, each more prestigious than the last, which from Hong Kong to Sydney, Cape Town, New York or San Francisco, have strong links with this Yacht Club in the mountains… ”

    Manrico Iachia, Commodore of the Yacht Club de Gstaad
    “Yesterday we had a fantastic day, with very good conditions and above all a remarkable regatta in all respects. The final between Bruno Troublé on Olympian, and Peter Isler on Spartan was anthology. He offered a superb winner of our Centennial Trophy, which yesterday brought together 23 yachts. After 10 years of a friendly partnership with the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez, we have today formalized our twinning. La Nautique thus enters the circle of our friendly Yacht-Clubs, present all over the world, and who facilitate exchanges between members. "

    Loïck Peyron, BMW Ambassador
    “The wind of freedom is blowing on the Sails! We perceive it in a powerful way on the quays of Saint-Tropez! Of course, the sea is a space of freedom, and sailors are its ambassadors and you can feel this breath of desire for freedom. The mixture of types of sails is the DNA of the Sails, as we find it in the first week with the Moderns and Classqiues. In the second week, we will rediscover the Maxis in Saint-Tropez. I am fortunate to have been chosen as the BMW brand ambassador, and I can thus attest to the efforts made by the brand to present today vehicles made from 100% recyclable elements, in autonomous energy. A boat, except wooden, is much more harmful to the planet than a car. BMW was the first brand to create an environment department at the end of the war! Their cars are the result of a global reflection which begins with the extraction of the material, until the recycling of this material, energy included. This reflection is fascinating. The will is not feigned. A lot of recycled plastic for car interior trim, for example! And in the high end! "

    Portrait of the day:
    Sidney Gavignet, Stiren.
    Three years ago, at the end of a Route du Rhum concluded as a winner in the Rhum category, Sidney Gavignet decided to lower the curtain on the adventure of a lifetime devoted to the sport of sailing. By leaving Team Oman Sail of which he had been the linchpin for 7 years, the native of the Alpes de Haute Provence closed the chapter of a saga of more than 25 years, punctuated by markers as strong as the Olympic preparation in Tornado, the Whitbread, then the Volvo Ocean race, America's Cup and other flamboyant experiences on multihulls from 60 to 70 feet. At the dawn of his 50th spring, the sailor put down his bag on the ground, unpacked all the contents, for an uncompromising inventory, of a course, of a whole life turned towards sport, performance, sailing technique. . Yet we found him on the pontoons of Saint Malo in 2018, ready to set off for a third Route du Rhum, that of renewal, rebirth, revolution. Sidney is no longer running for himself. His know-how, his experience will now serve as a fulcrum, inspiration to other courses, other men in search of performance in their daily lives. Life coach, consultant to entrepreneurs, Sidney Gavignet has found a meaning, a legitimacy a quarter of a century spent on the water. The sea, the magic of Classic yachts continue to inspire her ... other men in search of performance in their daily life. Life coach, consultant to entrepreneurs, Sidney Gavignet has found a meaning, a legitimacy a quarter of a century spent on the water. The sea, the magic of Classic yachts continue to inspire her ... other men in search of performance in their daily life. Life coach, consultant to entrepreneurs, Sidney Gavignet has found a meaning, a legitimacy a quarter of a century spent on the water. The sea, the magic of Classic yachts continue to inspire her ...

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