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Retour sur la 20ème édition des Voiles de Saint-Tropez

Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez est pour beaucoup, la compétition nautique la plus prestigieuse du Golfe de Saint-Tropez et mérite à ce titre que nous lui consacrions un article.
Une fois de plus, les Voiles de Saint-Tropez ont été à la hauteur de toutes les espérances. Pour fêter dignement la 20ème édition de cette rencontre, pas moins de 4 000 marins se sont élancés sur les eaux azur de la Méditerranée.
Sillonnant le large en tous sens une semaine durant, c’est dans un balai quasi incessant que les 300 bateaux engagés ont mené à bien leur épopée.

Une affaire de passionnés

Depuis deux décennies, la Société Nautique de Saint Tropez produit chaque année des moments uniques destinés aux amoureux de belles voiles. Qu’elles soient Classiques ou Modernes, les coques ont réuni ce qui se fait de mieux en matière d’équipages. Cette édition 1999-2019, plus spectaculaire que jamais, s’est déclinée sous les meilleurs auspices. Baignant dans une atmosphère propice au partage, la mer a été célébrée pour la vivre d’une façon des plus remarquables.

Un plateau spectaculaire

Etincelant de mille feux, de fabuleux voiliers ont mis tous les atouts de leur côté pour la parade. Des voiliers centenaires, en passant par les maxi-yachts ou Wally, ou encore les prototypes futuristes, chacun y est allé de sa représentation. Les conditions atmosphériques étant de la partie, la rade varoise a bénéficié d’un ensoleillement à son maximum. Le président de la Société organisatrice Tony Oller en a retenu que « De l’avis général et unanime chez les marins, cette édition est une belle cuvée ».

Une coordination parfaite

Tous les ingrédients ont été réunis pour que les régates soient placées sous la coupe de la convivialité. Les réjouissances terrestres s’en sont mêlées, pour sublimer plus encore ces quelques jours destinés à honorer la navigation. Dans un village new age, clairement versé dans le marin, les équipages eux-mêmes se sont résolument coulés dans un bain où la festivité a battu son plein. Une passion dont les accents ne se tarissent jamais !

Le sacre des champions

L’édition anniversaire des Voiles a couronné les rutilants vainqueurs de prestigieux trophées, lors de la remise des Prix qui s’est tenue à la Citadelle de Saint-Tropez. Pour que personne ne soit en reste, se catapulter déjà sur l’an prochain devrait permettre de patienter jusque-là. Reste à espérer que le dieu Eole soit à nouveau de la partie, pour un yachting résolument intemporel. Vous trouverez  ici tous les Résultats des voiles de Saint-Tropez 2019.

La prochaine édition

Toujours en accord avec des objectifs tournés vers demain, La Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez se penche déjà sur 2020. « L’évènement durera 15 jours, avec une semaine plus particulièrement dédiée aux gros bateaux. On y travaille avec l ‘Association Internationale des Maxi » a confié Tony Oller. Une année de transition, plus que jamais prise en mains par le président et consort, pour que la cuvée 2020 soit un événement encore plus marquant.

Crédit photo Gilles Martin-Raget pour toutes les photos de cet article.

The Great Nautical Events of the Gulf of Saint Tropez

Coming to Saint-Tropez without taking advantage of its great nautical events would be, in some way, to commit a capital offense. Everything is organized in magnificence, destined before anything else to distract locals as well as vacationers and tourists with an enjoyable time. Each year you are given the opportunity to attend real sailboat ballets, too, and to make your mouth water, let us introduce some of these to you.

The Armen Festival

festival-armen

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For its 40th year, these celebrations will take place from March 3rd to the 12th, 2017. With no fewer than 70 sailboats expected at the start, we are already guaranteeing a successful show at this popular and highly-rated event in the Gulf. Created in 1978, the festival takes its name from the contraction of ARt-MEr-Neige (in reference to the famous Breton lighthouse which bears the same name). It was not long before this festival brought an enthusiasm defying any prognosis.

A ski-sailing challenge called “André Herman” was associated with the René Perrier Trophy (combining Art & Sailing). This is a competition that will gather both modern and traditional sailboats, whose prizes of excellence are very coveted by the rivaling competitors. It should be noted that at the same time an Art exhibition will take place, where there will be on display a handmade piece by one of the members of each participating crew.

Les Voiles Latines

Voiles Latines Saint-Tropez

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Organized from the 25th of May to the 28th, 2017, together with the City of Saint-Tropez and its Port, and with the support of the Société Nautique (the Nautical Society), these festivals have been held since 2001. This year, we will attend the 17th edition of the Voiles Latines, an authentic installment where conviviality happily mixes with the maritime heritage of the Mediterranean. Exhibitions, craft stands, and historical conferences are all part of the event, which is sure to delight everyone’s tastes.

There will be a wide range of boats of all persuasions which are led, either by sea or by land, to the festival and whose owners disembark for the festivities. More than 80 boats are expected, and an unusual tent village is planned along the outskirts of the harbor master’s office to welcome and accommodate all of these beautiful people. A program once again of an incomparable richness, where musical performances, dancing, singing, and tastings can be found neck and neck.

The Giraglia Rolex Cup

Giraglia Rolex Cup 2016

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This regatta will take place from June 10th to 14th on Saint-Tropez should expect to unite 200 boats, coming from 10 different horizons. The Giraglia was born in 1952 in a Parisian café where Beppe Croce, Franco Gavagnin, and René Levainville met, three companions with extraordinary ideas. Their intention was then to create a competition which would allow the Italian and the French to conquer the universe of high-sea sailing.

One thing leading to another, the Yacht Club and then the Société Nautique (Nautical Society) of Saint-Tropez took the torch and inaugurated new formulas. The competition progressed from the 22 original ships to an international fleet, so the configuration needed to be redesigned to three coastal regattas. Ultra-competitive boats and stunning sailboats are competing, as well as have duplicate crews since 2014.

Below are some beautiful images of the 2016 edition.

The Voiles of St. Tropez

30/09/2016, Saint-Tropez (FRA,83), Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2016, Day 5

 

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This is, without a doubt, THE event to attend. It will take place from September 30th to October 8th, 2017. Its history has been reported countless times, but it is always with pleasure that the uninitiated hear the tale. In summary, two boats, “Pride” and “Ikra,” were pit against each other one day in September 1981 for the game. After many twists and turns, the “Club 55 Cup,” an improvised name for the occasion, was replaced by the title “Voiles of Saint-Tropez.” The memory was retained and the spirit of yesteryear preserved.

And thus, legends were born. From year to year, the coastal game has been emulated and the competitors have arrived to reinforce this good-natured atmosphere. Different classes of sailboats can be found there, ranging from traditional to modern, but also the Wally Class J boats. Their number can reach up to 300, a mass of racing enthusiasts and lovers of Saint Tropez. Every year, this event overflows with festivity and conviviality. Amateur photographers can feast their eyes on this panel of colors and unique characteristics of Saint-Tropez.

The 2016 was splendid. This video will give you a glimpse of it.

We selected 4 nautical races for this article. To view the full list, please visit the « Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez » website.

The 900 Nautiques of Saint-Tropez, edition 2016

The 7th edition of the 900 Nautiques of Saint-Tropez will take place from March 10 to 20 with a beginning race on March 12, 2016. Organized by the Nautical Society of Saint-Tropez, this Mediterranean race usually reserved to groups will open up this year to individuals with an adequate route of 400 nautical miles.

Registrations – open in November 2015 – were met with a large success since initially only 30 spots were provided. With this new racing system, the direction of the race and the organizer had preferred to reduce the number of registrations to 30, but the enthusiasm of the participants obliged the SNST to increase the number of participants. So, 38 sailboats are already registered in the race – 21 individuals and 17 in groups.

 900 nautical mile race around Saint-Tropez

Which route ?

The sailboats in the “group” or “individual” category will each participate in a race of a different distance – 900 nautical miles for the first one and 400 for the second – leaving and arriving at Saint-Tropez. The boats will need to mark several points of obligatory passage. Two races are programmed (for each category) and it is the direction of the race and the organizer who will choose the one that will be held, depending on weather conditions.

Group Race

Race 1:

Southern Menorca (Balearic) / Southern Sardinia (Italy) / Northern Corsica

Race 2:

Southern Sardinia (Italy) / Eastern Ponza (Italy) / Northern Corsica

Individual Races

Race 1:

Southern Corsica / Northern Corsica

Race 2:

Northern Corsica / Elba / Southern Corsica

Who can participate?

The regatta is open to single-hulled boats measured IRC with a minimum TCC of 1,000 in “groupe” and minimum 0.980 in “individual” and for multi-hulled boats measuring Multi 2000 in “groupe.” French citizens also need to have a FFVoile license.

Sailing race in Saint-Tropez, March 2016

What are the stand-out features?

The 900 Nautiques of Saint-Tropez are registered on the UNCL calendar of proof of the Offshore Championship IRC 2016 Group and Individual. The three first winners of the race (the podium) will win a monetary prize.

For a group between 5 and 10 boats, the 1st will win 2,500 euros, the 2nd 1,500 euros and the 3rd 500 euros.

For a group of more than 10 boats, the 1st will win 5,000 euros, the 2nd 3,000 euros and the 3rd 1,000 euros.

For a group of more than 5 boats, the 1st boat in real time “individual” and “groupe” will win 1,000 euros.

Below is a video from the 2015 Edition. Enjoy!