Sun, sea and just enough wind

Classics and modern race yachts gathered for last week's Voiles de St Tropez

Wednesday October 9th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: Mediterranean
The fourth annual Voiles de Saint-Tropez finished with the prize giving on Sunday for winners and participants: some 3,500 crew who sailed all week aboard the 291 yachts taking part.

Despite teasing at times, the breeze always filled in and there was ever present sunshine. All agreed that the Nioularge 'spirit' inspired by Patrice de Colmont over 20 years ago was present as in the heyday of the event. The crew parade, shanty and boules contests, the election of Miss Voiles complimented the four race series competed by yachts in the modern and classic divisions.

With 125 classics and 166 racing in the modern classes, the Voiles de Saint-Tropez came close to matching last year's record numbers.

The line up saw 12m lining up alongside the high-tech Wallys including the latest, the 107ft Kauris III. The maxis met the 40m Antonisa and Windrose sailing in the Spirit of Tradition class.

The sumptuous all carbon Kratos (Frers 60) and Sotto Voce (Judel Vrolijk IMS 66) crossed tacks with the Gucci family’s Avel of 1896, the 8 Metre Aile VI owned by Virginie Heriot in the 1920s, the ketch Thendara (1936), the giant 23 Metre class Fife Cambria and smaller newcomers such as Thelma and Sonny.

The Prada Challenge for Classic Yachts, the classic yacht circuit, is going from strength to strength and each year sees the arrival of newly restored jewels.

Again dreams became reality with as a further page of yachting’s fabulous history unfolded before the gaze of hundreds of spectators. Again the magic of the Saint-Tropez gathering was made as much by the quality of the yachts as of the crews. Certainly the Voiles de Saint-Tropez, with 125 entries, are the greatest gathering of classic yachts in the world.

Many of the great names of sailing attended including Isabelle Autissier, Christine Briand, Ellen MacArthur, Marc Pajot, Philippe Monnet, Lionel Pean, Bruno Peyron, Marc Thiercelin, Stephane Peyron, Pierre-Paul Hecky, Vasco Vascotto, Lisa and Neal MacDonald, and not forgetting some 3,400 others.

On Sunday night there were 16 winners. Tuiga, the flagship of the Yacht Club de Monaco won all the races in its class. Marille won the vintage gaff class B, War Baby the classic Marconi class A, Al Na’Ir III class B and Fatasque class C.

In the vintage Marconi A class Halowe’en finished a point ahead of the beautiful Agneta. In class B Stormy Weather triumphed and in class C Lola proved master of the light winds.

In the growing Spirit of Tradition class the diminutive Sheevra won. In the 12 Metre class Wings won ahead of Australia II’s sistership Challenge 12. In the IRC classes (A to E) the winners were Philippides, Sunrise, Magician, Bella Donna and Island Fling.

Of the Wallys Carrera won ahead of Genie of the Lamp and Magic Carpet.

Classic Yacht Results:

Vintage Gaff A after 4 races (4 results) 8 entries : 1. Tuiga (YC Monaco) 4 pts ; 2. Moonbeam (Moonbeam Comm.) 12 pts ; 3. Nan of Fife (P. Menhinick) 16 pts…
Vintage Gaff B après 4 races (4 results) 14 inscrits : 1. Marilee (Marilee Alliance) 5 pts ; 2. Jap (Clayton Jnr) 9 pts ; 3. Iona (Danel) 16,50 pts)…

Classic Marconi A after 4 races (4 results) 10 entries : 1. War Baby (A. Warren) 4 pts ; 2. Windrift (Richard & Bloomques) 12 pts ; 3. Windigo (A. Borolli) 13 pts…

Classic Marconi B after 4 races (4 results) 11 inscrits : 1. Al Na’Ir III (F. Mangione) 8 pts ; 2. Aigue Blu (F. Garau) 10 pts ; 3. Swala (P. Albarello) 11 pts…

Classic Marconi C after 4 races (4 results) 13 entries : 1. Fantasque (Daligaux) 4 pts ; 2. Crazy Life (B. Olivieri) 10 pts ; 3. Ilderim (A. Sario) 11 pts…

Vintage Marconi A after 4 races (4 results) 14 entries: 1. Hallowe’en (P. Vanderbyl) 7 pts ; 2. Agneta (Engliels) 8 pts ; 3. Seven Seas (M. Holt) 14 pts…

Vintage Marconi B after 4 races (4 results) 20 entries: 1. Stormy Weather (C. Spray) 8 pts ; 2. Tamara IX (D. Peterson) 16 pts ; 3. Havsornen (Langeries) 17 pts…

Vintage Marconi C after 4 races (4 results) : 1. Lola (G. Haindl) 10 pts ; 2. Acrissa II (Schwoederer) 11 pts ; 3. Aile VI (P. Lory) 15 pts…

Spirit of Tradition after 4 races (4 results) 19 inscrits : 1. Sheevra (T. De Vries) 8 pts ; 2. Pamyra Ben (Gumudjian) 8 pts ; 3. Calima (J. Pujol) 15 pts…

12M JI after 4 races (4 results) 5 entries: 1. Wings (J. Lister) 7 pts ; 2. Challenge 12 (W. Borel) 10 pts ; 3. Enterprise (G. Krier) 11 pts…

Results - modern class:

IRC-A after 4 races (4 results)31 entries: 1. Philippidies (R. Balding) 6 pts ; 2. If (J-M Carpentier) 7 pts ; 3. Linuen (J-A Linuen) 14 pts…

IRC-B after 4 races (4 results)30 entries: 1. Sunrise (S. Charmel) 10 pts ; 2. Vagabond (J-C Bertrand) 12 pts ; 3. Java Bleue (J. Maitre) 13 pts…

IRC-C after 4 races (4 results)26 entries: 1. Magician I (J-M Vidal) 13,50 pts ; 2. Clean Energy (A. Cogni) 17 pts ; 3. Maluba (Balestra) 19 pts…

IRC-D after 4 races (4 results) 26 entries: 1. Bella Donna (F. Pailloux) 5 pts ; 2. Imagine (J-C André) 15 pts ; 3. Mean Machine (P. De Ridder) 15 pts…

IRC-E after 4 races (4 results)30 entries: 1. Island Fling (P. Winkelmann) 10 pts ; 2. Kratos (De Zorzi) 11 pts ; 3. Sotto Voce (Von Vemde) 12 pts…

Wally after 4 races (4 results)7 entries: 1. Carrera ; 2. Genie of The Lamp ; 3. Magic Carpet…

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