Largest entry ever for St Tropez

The fleet of modern and classic yachts move further down the French coast for another week of racing

Monday October 1st 2001, Author: Maguelonne Turcat, Location: United Kingdom

A huge fleet of traditional, modern and classic yachts arrived from Cannes for mythical Tour of Portalet, in the Voile de Saint-Tropez which takes place from the 1st to the 7th October. Entries this year have beaten the record of previous years with approximately three hundred participants for this third edition of classic yacht racing in the Mediterranean.

Modern, traditional and 12 Metres will join the sophisticated Wally yachts making their largest fleet appearance to date. Merit Cup from previous Whitbread Round the World races will be racing along with other greats like the Créole Giant , Kriter V the long cigar with their varnished three-masts. Once more, the magic of these magnificent yachts marry both past and present history of yacht building.

In the last stage of the circuit for traditional yachts, the major part of the fleet will arrive from last weeks Prada Royal-Trophy Regatta in Cannes. Among those will be some of the winners like Mariette (1916), the fabulous Goélette, Tamara IX skippered by the famous America's Cup architect Doug Peterson. Halloween (1926) a perfect example of the drawings of architect William Fife III without forgetting Tuiga (1909), Lelantina (1937), Thendara (1936), and the recently restored and magnificent Cambria 1928. Also the exceptional Avel (1896) property of the Gucci family and Nan of Fife (1896), which is a recent addition to the world of most beautiful yachts displaying themselves along the French Riviera.

No less than ten Wally yachts will be at Saint-Tropez. With sharpened stems and glowing hulls built for optimum performance, with aggressive design and an innovative and sophisticated concepts. A guaranteed spectacle with yachts like the 88ft Tiketitoo alongside the other five Wallys to be present for the first time at At Tropez.

Once again will be bringing you Carlo Borlenghi's beautiful pictures as the regatta unfolds.

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