LES VOILES DE SAINT TROPEZ 2018
TRAILERS & VIDEOS
Saturday, September 28, 2018 - Sunday, October 6, 2019
Location: Saint Tropez (France, Mediterranean Sea)
Les Voiles de St Tropez is an amazing rendezvous of yachts. First run twenty-seven years ago as La Nioulargue, the regatta gathers together the most extraordinary modern sailing boats alongside the most beautiful traditional yachts in the early autumn. A host of racers and sailing enthusiasts come from all the corners of the globe to do battle in the bay of Saint-Tropez. The Rolex trophy is awarded to the winner of the Classic Division over 16 metres.
Race type: Race week
Host Club: Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez
Les Voiles de Saint Tropez 2019
Nearly thirty years to the day since the original event, La Nioulargue, Les Voiles de Saint Tropez and the famous bay are continuing to exert their magic over the most beautiful yachts on the planet, classic and modern alike. Organised for the first time in 1999 by the Société Nautique de Saint Tropez, Les Voiles de Saint Tropez will be running their 13th meeting this year.The 2016 edition will of course pay tribute to La Nioulargue, confirming its support of the original spirit of the event: fair play, marine sense and a taste for all things festive. The highlight is the involvement of the Ikra, a 12m JI, which will compete in the first race against the American Swan, Pride. The original race between these two protagonists, which actually gave rise to La Nioulargue, was organised by Patrice de Colmont back in 1981 under the name of "Club 55 Cup", the stake being lunch at Club 55 for the winner.
For the first time this year, a "Centenarian's Race" will be organised during Les Voiles, involving between 15 and 20 boats and will be contested on Thursday, during the Challenge Day. The modern yachts pay the traditional entry fees, while the traditional boats are called upon to make a donation at their discretion, for the benefit of the SNSM (French equivalent of the RNLI), a "custom" introduced by Patrice de Colmont.There is plenty for the landlubber on shore as well. The outdoor Grand Village system organised around the new look bar and its terrace, has been revamped with a few tweaks to the layout, most notable of which are the partners' area and some small 3m by 5m modules next to the official Voiles Kappa clothing stand. This space, specially fitted out for the duration of Les Voiles, is open everyday free of charge to all, from Saturday 23rd September to Sunday 2nd October, from 09h00 to 19h30.
As regards entertainment, there is a very full agenda including the famous Sardinade or fish fry (Tuesday evening), a bowling competition (Wednesday evening) and the crew procession (Thursday evening), with a number of new features and surprises courtesy of the Société Nautique de Saint Tropez, in partnership with "l'Esprit Village à Saint Tropez" under the leadership of Serge Malapelle.Nearly thirty years to the day since the original event, La Nioulargue, Les Voiles de Saint Tropez and the famous bay are continuing to exert their magic over the most beautiful yachts on the planet, classic and modern alike. Organised for the first time in 1999 by the Société Nautique de Saint Tropez, Les Voiles de Saint Tropez will be running their 17th meeting this year.