• Mistrals, Modern Maxis And Magnificent Classic at St Tropez

    Pitch, Sonda, France and Blitzen, prize-winners of the Yacht Club de France's Autumn Cup

    - The Modern boats kick off proceedings tomorrow. With Wallys, Maxis and Prototypes ... more than 150 hi-tech sail boats are set to hit the bay
    - The sails, the clincher in the Mediterranean Inshore Maxi Challenge

    Summer continued to reign across the bay in France's Var area, DESPITE the arrival mid-afternoon of the 35 yachts competing in the Yacht Club de France's Autumn Cup by way of a competitive prelude to what promised to be a wonderful anniversary weekend at The Sails. Racing from Cannes to Saint Tropez It was the perfect opportunity for spectators to get a foretaste of the upcoming races as the wide gaff schooners and speedy cutters, some dating back to the thirties, burst onto the race area.Snatching victory in Their respective categories, Pitch (Tofinou 9.5m), Sonda (8MR), France (12MR) and Blitzen (sloop) Celebrated Their wins in style whilst Nearly 4,000 sailors continued with Their final preparations and the opening of the race village, which has-been Entirely revamped prior to the first race tomorrow for all the Modern yachts, IRC split into 5 groups, together with The Powerful Wallys. In line with tradition, the Classic yachts will hit the racetrack on Tuesday, Completing the line-up for this magical event.

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    The Yacht Club de France's Autumn Cup
    Anticipating a shifty wind at midday, Those competing in the Autumn Cup set sail from the Bay of Cannes at 10:15 hours this morning Was 23-mile sprint to Saint Tropez. The SW'ly breeze forced onto a beat 'em the point of sail is relished by Reviews Reviews some of the yachts. It was the Tofinou 9.5 Pitch skippered by Patrice Riboux That Dominated her Spirit of Tradition category, an achievement matched by Eric Leprince's Sonda Among the Marconi rigs of less than 15 meters in length, Jacques Kade's Blitzen for boats over 15 meters, and Pierre Bausset's France which outpaced Il Moro di Venezia Among the 12mRs.

    The Modern boats get down to business tomorrow
    Tomorrow, Sunday, the fleet of Modern yachts, IRC boats and Wallys are raring to get going With Their last competition of the season. Indeed, Saint Tropez is Synonymous With A settling of accounts as it hosts the grand final for a number of series, Including the latest new breed created under the aegis of the International Maxi Association, the Mediterranean Maxi Inshore Challenge, Where Either Wallyno and Lorina are lined up to take the win at the end of this week at Les Voiles.




    Among the newcomers to the legendary harbor in southern France are two new yachts safe to create a stir: the V68 Pelotari (20m), launched in late June and designed in cooperation with the architect Mark Mills, and the GS80 Essentia (24m), designed by Ceccarelli Yacht Design and Engineering, who is making her debut race here. The V68 Pelóri is a development of the V62 Supernikka, winner of 3 Mini Maxi Rolex World Championships. The fully one carbon boat is in that her retracting keel Reduces her draft draft from 4.20m to just 2.90m.
    The Italian yard Del Pardo, builder of the famous Grand Soleils, is launching a new Grand Soleil ranks Entitled Custom. Essentia is the first of these, designed by Ceccarelli. Measuring 25.95 meters in length and built from carbon fiber, she embodies the Great Sun's seaworthiness and speed, as well as boasting a supreme standard of equipment. She'll be Certainly one to watch at Les Voiles ...

    A star-studded St Tropez!
    As with every edition of Les Voiles, anniversary edition or not, sailing's stars from all Manner of backgrounds we all Manner of boats, flock to compete at Saint Tropez. Among this year's celebs are Thierry Peponnet, Jochen Schümann and Tom Whidden, Jean-Pierre Dick and the illustrious American helmsman Peter Holmberg, Patrizio Bertelli, boss of the Luna Rossa Challenge, Michel Desjoyeaux, Simon Le Bon, Nicolas Berenger, Yvan Bourgnon Brad Butterworth , as well as Dee Caffari, Sébastien Audigane, German Frers, Philippe Monnet, Lionel Péan, Loick Peyron, Christopher Pratt, Marcel van Triest, Bruno Trouble, and writer Yann Queffélec to name a FEW goal!

    As it tracks eastwards, a small low-pressure system is set to sweep the coast of the Var area WNW'ly with winds of 16 to 18 knots.

    Today's partners:
    The Port of Saint Tropez
    Boasting Some 734 moorings split between two basins That span 9 hectares and enjoying a central location at the heart of the village, the harbor of Saint Tropez is one of the Mediterranean's hand stopover hubs Where innovation and the quality of the services make it one of the world's Most renowned ports. Since 2018, two terraces are available on the John Wake jetty That includes the 200-berth "The Battery", which can be rented out on request.

    The Marines of Cogolin
    The Marines Cogolin can be found at the far side of the bay of Saint Tropez, to the south of the mouth of the River Giscle. Located 6km outside Saint Tropez, 80km from Cannes and 130km from Monaco, this harbor stands out from other marinas thanks to icts three spacious and sheltered basins That span 22 hectares, with 5 km of quayside and pontoons. Featuring an entrance 80m wide and a swing circle outer harbor in icts of 110m in diameter, it is a very comfortable and safe spot. With an average depth of 4 meters, the harbor will be ble to Accommodate 1,400 boats of all sizes ounce icts modernization is full.

    The Spirit Village in Saint Tropez
    In line with tradition, the spectacular entertainment in the Race Village at Les Voiles is put on by the "Spirit Village" and includes musical offerings partner partner after the racing, together with the central bar, which is a must for all sailors.

    This evening's inauguration of the town saw a cocktail mass being served up for a thousand people, with copious water equivalent of choice morsels Provided with the help of the town Partner: Damoiseau rum, La Tarte Tropezienne's local blanks, Knight Torpès wines, Grand Marnier and "Blonde Saint Tropez" beers. Soul Singer ayom and his Blues will Powerful Ensure the event really goes with a swing.

    Saturday 28, Sunday 29 September: Registration and inspection
    Wednesday 30 September, Monday 1 Tuesday 2 Wednesday 3 (J. Laurain Memorial Day, Challenge Day), Friday and Saturday 4 October 5: Inshore races, 1st start 11: 00 hours

    Sunday 29 and Monday September 30: Registration and inspection
    Sunday 29 September: arrival of the Yacht Club de France Autumn Cup feeder race from Cannes Tuesday 1 Wednesday 2 Thursday 3 (J.Laurain Memorial Day, Challenge Day, Club 55 Cup , GYC Centenary Trophy), Friday 4 and Saturday 5 October: Inshore race, 1st start 12:00 hours

    Prize-giving for everyone
    Sunday 6 October, from 11:00 hours