Voile de St Tropez

Slight changes are afoot for the Cote d'Azur top regatta later this month

Thursday September 12th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: Mediterranean
The preparation for the fourth edition of the Voiles de Saint-Tropez is gathering pace. The Cote d'Azur's top sailing event plans to stay loyal to the Spirit of the Nioulargue - amateurism and happiness for the large group of participants to meet and sail, be it in the Modern or Classic divisions.

For the first time competitors in both classes will be welcomed in the port from Saturday, 28 September. The registrations will take place from this date and his new process will allow the Classic Yachts to start racing from Tuesday 2 October, whereas normally they would not start until the Wednesday.

The use of two starting zones will take place once more. The Portalet zone will be mainly used for the Moderns on Monday, and the Classics afterwards, however the Race Committee, presided over by Georges Korel (Moderns) and Jean-Pierre Odéro (Classics), reserve the right to hold starts elsewhere.

From Tuesday, the starts for the Modern class will be given from the other side of the peninsular, opposite the Salins beach. This allows the local wind conditions to be exploited and should prevent the starts being delayed.

The Jean Laurain Day (skipper of Ikra, one of the two boats at the start of the Nioulargue in 1981) is once again planned for the Thursday.

For the 20th anniversary of the Nioulargue last year, the number of participants almost reached 300. Even though this year participationn will be less than this 'record' for organisational and safety reasons, the port of Saint-Tropez will once again be overrun with participants, despite the efforts made by the Town of Saint-Tropez and the SEMITROP, and will be berthed where possible under the direction of Philippe Peltier. Due to the berthing limitations a large part of the fleet will be forced to stay outside the port, moored opposite the village. Great efforts are being made by André Beaufils, the President of the Société Nautique, to make these competitors feel just like the others. A RIB shuttle service will be available to take competitors ashore.

Ashore the Village des Voiles erected next to the Harbourmaster's Office will once again be the true nerve centre. Two new tents are planned for this year to welcome the Race Committee members and the Jury in order to group all the organisers in the same place.

Schedule:

CLASSIC YACHTS
Saturday 28th - Monday 30th September: Welcome and checks
Sunday 29th September : Finish of the Coupe d’Automne du Yacht Club de France - Trophée Grimaldi - Trophée Prada
Tuesday 1st, Wednesday 2nd, Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th (J. Laurain Day) and Saturday 5th October: Coastal Course.
MODERN SAILING YACHTS Cup of the Town of Saint-Tropez
Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th : Welcome and checks
Monday 30th September, Tuesday 1st, Wednesday 2nd, Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th (J. Laurain Day) and Saturday 5th October: Coastal Course.

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