10th anniversary

Special celebrations this year for Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez

Monday June 30th 2008, Author: Maguelonne Turcat, Location: United Kingdom
Over 25 years after the original event, La Nioulargue, Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez and the bay bearing its name continue to work their magic by appealing to the most beautiful yachts on the planet, both old and new alike. Organised for the first time in 1999 by the Société Nautique of Saint-Tropez, thanks to support from the Town, the Port and the local associations, Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez will this year celebrate its tenth anniversary. This annual autumnal rendez-vous will be an excellent opportunity for the 3,000 or so skippers and crews to celebrate the occasion, along the locals of Saint Tropez and the visiting public.

Maxi yachts from the third millennium and classic yachts will once again ensure a fantastic spectacle in Saint Tropez both on the water and in port - a moment eagerly snapped up by the cameras of over 200 national and international journalists that are expected to attend.

On the water there will be a change to proceeding for 2008 with all the starts to be given on the water, including Thursday's Challenge Day. As has been the case since the event began, the organisers’ focus is on safety and putting in place the most suitable measures to ensure the best possible sailing conditions, both for the competitors and their craft, be they private or public, who come to compete. With this in mind, a meeting took place last winter with the captains of the larger yachts in order to understand their constraints as best as possible and improve race procedures.

For the second year running, competitors will thus be divided into three distinct race areas - the Wallys, will have their first start off the Baie de Pampelonne, while the modern division will be in a second zone off Les Salins beach, and the traditional boats in a third zon within the Bay of Saint-Tropez.

Ashore orchestras will be playing in various sites around the town, and there will be street processions, entertainment along the quays at the Place des Lices: the whole of Saint-Tropez is invited to participate in the entertainment throughout Les Voiles' week. A change this year comes with the replacing of the musical entertainment for giant screens displayed around the 'Village des Voiles' bar, which will enable all the photographers present at the event to show their day's photos the same evening. This will delight the competitors, who always appreciate seeing the images from the sea of which they form part.

This year Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez will take pride of place in the Paris Première chain - an association which shares the views and philosophy between the event and the media. As a result Les Voiles will introduce a short programme highlighting Paris Première’s cultural and sporting favourites, as well as a 13 minute-long “Voiles de Saint-Tropez special”, which will be created by the chain’s sports editorial team and broadcast to multiple channels this autumn.

The partners to Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez

GAASTRA
GASSIN GOLF COUNTRY CLUB
ROLEX
UDACS with the CCIV
WALLY
SERIE LIMITEE / LES ECHOS
PARIS PREMIERE
CEGEDIM
The PACA REGION

Program:

TRADITIONAL YACHTS
Sunday 28th and Monday 29th September: Greeting and scrutineering
Sunday 28th September: arrival of the Yacht Club de France’s Coupe d’Automne from Cannes
Tuesday 30th September, Wednesday 1st October, Thursday 2nd (J. Laurain Day, Challenge Day, Club 55 Cup), Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th: Coastal course, 1st start 1200 hrs

MODERN YACHTS
Saturday 27th September – Sunday 28th: Greeting and scrutineering
Monday 29th, Tuesday 30th, Wednesday 1st October, Thursday 2nd (J. Laurain Day, Challenge Day), Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th October: Coastal course, 1st start 1130 hrs

Prize-giving for everyone
Sunday 5th October, from 1100 hrs

DRAGON SAINT TROPEZ
Monday 6th, Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th: Greeting, launching and scrutineering
Wednesday 8th: prologue (coastal)
Thursday 9th, Friday 10th, Saturday 11th: Races around the bay
Saturday 11th: prize-giving, 1830 hrs

Organisation:
Société Nautique of Saint-Tropez, President: André Beaufils
Registration: Anne Bogaert, Marie-Caroline Dufour

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