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    St Tropez Shines 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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    Sublime Condition Reign Down Upon Saint Tropez



    Wind, sunshine and the most beautiful classic and modern boats racing in the bay of Saint Tropez. Who could ask for more, particularly on a day which was forecast to be oh so very different? Defying the most pessimistic forecasts and benefiting from a slightly delayed start to proceedings, this third day of racing provided the perfect blend of Monday’s breezy conditions and yesterday’s light airs, with a medium SW’ly wind of around ten knots kicking in at the start of the afternoon. This proved to be conducive to a series of hassle-free launches, one after the other, of the 5 groups of Modern craft and the 9 groups of Classics grouped into three starts. Yesterday’s jousting clearly whetted the competitors’ appetites in each of the groups with an amicable air of revenge colouring play in the 15-mile course throughout racing. This resulted in fairly bunched fleets, close-contact duels, as well as some fine tactical moves, all of which punctuated a wonderful summer’s afternoon, in the typically radiant light of the bay, to the great delight of the sailors keen to enjoy life’s simple pleasures and the freedom of being out on the water.








    The low-down on the BMW Trophy
    The BMW Trophy will this year be awarded to the best of the highly sporty IRCCs. Among them are the cream of the 40 to 50-foot racer-cruisers, designed by some of the greats from contemporary naval architecture, like Briand, Frers, Kouyoumdjian and Vrolijk, and built by some of the most excellent yards of the day, like Persico, Mylius and CNB. Kitted out for racing and competition, they feature some of the most cutting-edge equipment in ocean racing, together with the most sophisticated suits of sails. Full-on, daggers drawn racing, it is very much what one might expect of those competing for the prestigious BMW Trophy. At the midway mark, with three races validated, it’s hard to predict who will take victory at this stage. Lisa R, Giovanni Di Vicenzo’s Ker 46, excelled in Monday’s breeze. Then Gian Marco Magrini’s A40 Vito 2 got her revenge yesterday in the light airs. However, it’s Lisa R that reaped the benefits today in the medium breeze, which bodes well for an exciting conclusion to the week.

    52 footers: advantage the red arrow
    Vadim Yakimenko (Freccia Rossa – red arrow) and Stéphane Névé (Spirit of Malouen) are both jockeying for position in the group of pacy 52 footers, which include the TP 52s. Monday’s winner, Stéphane Névé had to bow to the supremacy of the Italian Vrolijk design and world ORC champion in 2016.








    Tomorrow Thursday, Challenge Day
    To celebrate the creative spirit of the original race to the Nioulargue between Ikra and Pride in 1981, those competing in Les Voiles are traditionally invited to challenge one another on Thursday, in line with their affinities rather than any logical measurement, for the sheer delight of doing battle with fellow racers. As such, onlookers will have a chance to witness some surprising clashes in terms of style, rig and period of yacht, the loser having to foot the bill for a sumptuous meal. Race Management will open the line throughout the morning off Portalet, after the start of the Club 55 Cup. Worth watching is the tripartite challenge between the three P Class yachts Olympian, Chips and Corinthian, as well as Eileen (Anker 1938) against Ellen (Bonin 1931).

    Club 55 Cup: in the wake of pioneers Among the haul of famous sports trophies contested during Les Voiles, the Club 55 Cup has a very special place. Relaunched in 2003, this unique duel at the heart of the week is much more than a commemoration. It’s a genuine homage to the spirit of racing as practised in the last century when, eager for a chance to compete in a friendly, two captains launched a challenge for the love of the sport and an opportunity to size up the performance of a yacht and her crew out on the water. Since its revival, the Club 55 Cup has seen 9 winners. For this 2020 edition, it’s about going back to its beginnings, since the Club 55 Cup will see the 12mR Ikra challenge the JP54 The Kid, a modern boat dating back to 2010.

    Today’s partners: North Sails, clothing partner for Les Voiles 2020
    Elegance, sunshine and beach. A wave of colour and elegance is breaking onto the shores of France’s Var region with the very special Les Voiles de Saint Tropez collection. Its inspirations are a sense of freedom and a thirst for exploration; features it shares with the most eagerly awaited yacht race in the Mediterranean. Elisa Riva, Head of Marketing: « For the past two years, North Sails has partnered Les Voiles and its Saint Tropez boutiques are open year-round. Our collection dedicated to Les Voiles has been a great hit. It comes in numerous colours and comprises a men’s, women’s and kids’ range. The nautical inspiration is naturally felt everywhere, in tribute to the founder of North Sails, American Lowell North, an engineer and Olympic medallist. The North Sails boutique in the village at Les Voiles is located at the front of the port. It is a space entirely dedicated to the special Les Voiles de Saint Tropez collection, which sees the introduction of eco-friendly materials: jackets in recycled nylon and polo shirts and T-Shirts in organic cotton.” At the end of the week, North Sails will reward the best yacht in the Modern IRC B category.










    Torpez, the Vineyards of Saint Tropez The harvests in the Saint Tropez vineyard, which began on 21 August this year, have just been completed and will now switch over to the vinification period. Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez has just begun and its programme has now been switched to a two-week format. The SNST’s desire to run Les Voiles remains unchanged and the same is true for Torpez’s harvests and vinification. The Bay and its Vineyard both share a home at the Heart of Saint Tropez and with it the magic and sociability synonymous with the people of the Sea and the people of the Land, between those passionate about the Water and those passionate about Wine. Each crew at Les Voiles will be awarded a case of wine, whilst the Torpez trophy itself will be awarded to the best Classic Yacht from the Epoque Aurique A (Period Gaffer A) group.

    2020 programme:

    Week 1: Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez
    Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September: registration for boats up to 20 meters (except for certain classes) Monday 28th September: racing for modern yachts Tuesday 29th, Wednesday 30th September, Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd October: racing for modern yachts and classic yachts Thursday 1st October: Challenge Day Saturday 3rd October: prize giving (week 1)

    Week 2: Les Voiles Super Boats
    Sunday 4th and Monday 5th October: big boat registration (Wally, IRCA, Maxi yachts, big Classic, big Schooner) Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th, Thursday 8th, Friday 9th: big boat racing Friday 9th October: prize giving (week 2)

    The measures set out by the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez (outside the plan for competitors):
    Staff and volunteers – Screening of all the contributors before and during the event Les Voiles Village – Slimming down of the village to 400m2 (instead of the usual 1,500m2), maximum of 400 people – Exhibitors’ spaces limited to partners. Access to the official North Sails boutique will solely be from the outside. – Wearing of a mask, temperature check at the entrance and hand sanitising gel: compulsory – Collaboration with the Cerballiance laboratory to screen those wishing to undergo testing. – Entertainment: The traditional boules (bowling) competition, crew parade, crew festival and sardine feast will not be able to be hosted this year. Media – Remote registration formalities, no press office, contact with the press office via email, text or telephone only. For embarking aboard a boat : negative test within 72 hours, wearing of a mask compulsory, meeting point for boarding the boats dockside.

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    Maxis Take The Spotlight In St. Tropez



    As if by magic, in just 48 hours the port of Saint Tropez has been cleared of the 130 competitors that graced the race zone and the pontoons during the first week. Act II of the new format Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez begins tomorrow, Tuesday 6, with the launch of the first races for three groups of large modern yachts belonging to the maxi yacht categories, together with the large classic schooners. For four days, through until Friday, in what is forecast to be a fairly bracing W’ly wind, Les Voiles will size up in scale with candidates measuring over 30 metres long. With sport and competition the main focus of this second week, the majority of the maxi yachts having been totally deprived of regattas this year, all their crews are champing at the bit.

    This Monday is devoted to welcoming in the new fleets and registering the crews on the 24 Super Series yachts expected to hit the racetrack tomorrow. Two sublime gaff schooners, Elena of London and her impressive 41 metres (a 2009 Herreshoff replica) and Puritan’s 38 metres (Alden 1930), will put in their first tacks on the race zone, just as they did pre-Covid. Among the Modern boats, 22 Maxi yachts, penned by the greats of contemporary naval architecture and yards – Frers, Farr as well as Wally, Swan, Mylius and Hoek – driven by top-flight crews, will slug it out through until Friday 9 October. For the public, it’s the perfect opportunity to see the dazzling craft in action off the jetty in Saint Tropez and a rare treat with this year’s very unique sailing season having previously prevented them from racing.



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    Courses tailored to the Maxis!
    « From Tuesday to Friday, the Maxis will be racing every day, » explains Georges Korhel, the Principal Race Officer « The start will be at 11:00 hours each day off Portalet. We’re set to experience a Mistral system, conducive to launching some very fine courses. We’re retaining the same courses as in week 1, but with the added possibility of some much longer coastal courses, as these Maxis are capable of maintaining some high average speeds. As such, we’re going to send them off towards Lavandou, and if the Mistral, between 15 and 25 knots, is making its presence felt, we might be able to send them as far as Brégançon towards the middle of the week, with a 25 to 30-mile course. We’re going to be working with the same teams as last week in terms of the Race Committee, supported by Ariane Mainemare, sent over by the International Maxi Association, our partner for the week, who is very much in tune with the specific features of these big boats. There will be two or three starts for the three competing groups. Meantime, the classic schooners will have their own start and will be the last to set sail. Les Voiles is the only race of the season for these boats. We’re delighted they’ve made the effort to come along and we’ll do our best to set up courses geared specially around them.”

    Modern and Class yachts: all eager to get out racing
    For many of the boats and crews, Les Voiles is often the only race meet in these very strange times. Keen to get going, Jean Pierre Dréau, skipper of Lady First3, (Mylius 60), has managed to gather together all the familiar faces on the boat and is champing at the bit at the prospect of doing battle with a fine fleet of 80 footers and more that make up the IRC2 group. Olivier Gimmig, the boat’s second in command: “As usual, it’s Jean Paul Mouren who will be on the helm, seconded by Christopher Pratt on the nav, while Xavier Macaire trims the main. We’ll be up against some formidable boats, including the other Dutch Mylius 60 Sud, and the Volvo 65 Sisi and her Polish crew. It’s going to be breezy and it’ll be lively too given how eager the crews are to get out sailing.” The same enthusiasm is echoed across the large schooners too. “Elena returned from the Caribbean in April, with a stopover in the Azores and Mallorca, » explains Steve McLaren, Captain of the large 2009 Herreshoff design. « After two weeks in quarantine in Italy, we were able to kick off the season this summer with some sailing off Corsica. It’s really been a unique year, with a lot of health precautions, though we’ve managed to get in a fair amount of sailing all the same. We’re in Saint Tropez now and we’re very pleased that Les Voiles is being held and that Elena is here. We’ll be sailing with a reduced crew, 18 men as opposed to 40, for safety reasons. I’m Scottish and a number of the crew come from Scotland and it’s tough for them this year due to the quarantine restrictions. Elena doesn’t need a lot of wind but in a good breeze she’s very powerful. We’re counting on some good weather here.”









    2020 programme: Week 2: Les Voiles Super Series
    Sunday 4th and Monday 5th October: big boat registration (Wally, IRCA, Maxi yachts, big Classic, big Schooner) Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th, Thursday 8th, Friday 9th: big boat racing Friday 9th October: prize giving (week 2)

    The measures set out by the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez (outside the plan for competitors):
    Staff and volunteers – Screening of all the contributors before and during the event Les Voiles Village – Slimming down of the village to 400m2 (instead of the usual 1,500m2), maximum of 400 people – Exhibitors’ spaces limited to partners. Access to the official North Sails boutique will solely be from the outside. – Wearing of a mask, temperature check at the entrance and hand sanitising gel: compulsory – Collaboration with the Cerballiance laboratory to screen those wishing to undergo testing. – Entertainment: The traditional boules (bowling) competition, crew parade, crew festival and sardine feast will not be able to be hosted this year. Media – Remote registration formalities, no press office, contact with the press office via email, text or telephone only. For embarking aboard a boat : negative test within 72 hours, wearing of a mask compulsory, meeting point for boarding the boats dockside.

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    A Maxi Blast Rounds Off Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez



    Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez concludes with maxi owners praising new format.

    Despite the wind turning light and complicated for the last two days, maxi yacht competition at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez was successfully held on three out of four days. The event that traditionally concludes the inshore maxi sailing season in the Mediterranean was lengthened to two weeks this year. The smaller yachts raced in week one leaving the maxis (yachts of 18.29+ m) to race exclusively over four days in the second.

    Although announced well before the COVID-19 first struck, the new format has worked well with the pandemic with fewer boats and people milling around Saint-Tropez’s picturesque but usually packed port. It enabled the week one fleet to leave the harbour before the maxis arrived. Also, instead of racing in the more remote bay off Pampelonne Beach as they did last year, the change enabled maxi racing to take place in the prime spot of the Baie de Saint-Tropez with fixed, spectator-friendly start and finish lines immediately off the town.







    Over the four days of maxi racing, which concluded today, competitors enjoyed the full range of conditions from 25 knots, right at a top of their range on Tuesday, followed by 40 knots on Wednesday, when racing was wisely cancelled early on, and then concluding with two of the lighter, more tricky days for which Saint-Tropez is famous.

    Delighted with the week was the crew of the Farr 100 Leopard, chartered this week to Dutch internet entrepreneur Joost Schuijff. While not the longest yacht racing, Leopard was the fastest and continually led the IR1 class around the race track. The yacht, originally built for Mike Slade, scored bullets today and yesterday, but was second to Jacob Foale's Swan 80 Umiko in Tuesday’s opening race. However with the wind topping out at 33-34 knots on the long offshore course, that race was certainly the most fun for Leopard’s charterer and her experienced crew. “We had a cracking sail at 25-28 knots on the way home - that was a great race,” enthused Leopard’s racing skipper Chris Sherlock.

    A 2-1-1 scoreline was enough to secure Leopard a well-deserved victory in IR1, only outstripped in this respect by Elena of London, the 41.6m modern classic schooner, which scored a perfect scoreline against the 38m long gaff schooner Puritan in the GTR class competing for the Trophée Bessarat de Bellefon.

    Sherlock praised the charterer. They were due to race Leopard at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and when that got cancelled, they instead went training. Sherlock attributes that valuable time, with the same crew as has been in Saint-Tropez, combined with a new sail wardrobe, to their success this week. “Hats off to him for sticking to his guns. Without that time there, we wouldn’t have won this week. We came here to win IRC and we did, so we are very pleased.”










    The highly experienced Sherlock was also complimentary to the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez’s race committee. “They did a great job. In the heavy air race they correctly sent us on a long 46 mile course down to the the Porquerolles (islands of Hyeres). Then there was a cancelled race – and they made that call right - we went sailing anyway and were seeing 38-40 knots on the way back! Then yesterday – they got us out of the bay and we did a two or three hour race, which they read well. And today we sailed a couple of laps of the bay, purely around marks. So we have had three very good days.”

    While Renaud Rupert's B60 Criollos won the almost exclusively French six boat IR3 class from Richard Bedere’s Bordeaux 60 Mr Beelzebuth, the tightest racing was certainly in IR2, where Philippe Ligier’s Wally 80 Ryokan 2 prevailed, with a 1-2-2 scoreline over the three races.










    Having tried for so many years to win at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, there was an extended ‘champagne debriefing’ on board Ryokan 2 post-race. “Everyone is happy because of our first win here,” said Olivier Douillard, this week on mainsheet, passing over his usual navigator’s hat to former 470 World Champion Jean Francois Cuzon. Ryokan 2’s crew has remained largely the same for almost nine years. This, combined with modifications made to the yacht recently are what helped secure her victory, believes Douillard: “We were starting well and the boat has been progressing over the last two or three years. We have made some changes especially to the rig that improved a lot our light wind performance while we still have good performance in strong winds. It was a real pleasure to sail here with such a great crew, with lots of experience and very friendly.”

    While Jean-Philippe Blanpain’s Vismara-Mills 62 Leaps & Bounds (formerly Roberto Lacorte’s Super Nikka) won yesterday’s race, today it was finally the turn of Benoît de Froidmont’s Wally 60, Wallyño, which last year won the International Maxi Association’s Mediterranean Maxi Inshore Challenge on these waters.
    “It was my best start ever – we were 10cm away from the line. It was really amazing,” enthused de Froidmont of today’s race. “It was very tricky with one or two complicated transitions. The forecast was very light, but finally we got some wind and started at 1400. We were lucky.”

    De Froidmont is President of the International Maxi Association, that this week assisted the maxi yacht competition in Saint-Tropez fiscally and by contributing highly respected international race officer Ariane Mainemare to the SNST’s race team. He said: “A lot of people were doubting the new format, but talking to different owners, they all seem to be very positive about the new two week formula and having the maxis racing together. From a racing point of view it was very good." As to competing on the Baie de Saint-Tropez and the fixed start and finish lines, he added: “It is a very good show for people ashore but also for us - it was a great choice.”

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