A PASSION FOR LES VOILES!
– Meeting of Les Voiles from 29 September to 7 October
– On the water: an exceptional line-up
– On shore: all eyes on the procession of the crews
Both on the water and on land, the 4,000 crew who set a course for Saint Tropez and its coppery, early autumn light each year, aboard over 300 modern and traditional boats, have transformed the original amicable gathering into an unmissable meeting. True to its values, the team from the Saint Tropez’ Société Nautique and its President, André Beaufils, have nevertheless managed to maintain the unique spirit of Les Voiles de Saint Tropez. And so it is, each year, with the approach of a new edition, that the passion for this event pervades Saint Tropez, its narrow streets, its port and its bay area, at the prospect of an exceptional week.
On the water: an unrivalled line-up
On the water, 2012 promises to be a remarkable year. Though the races will be run according to a very similar pattern to that of last year – you don’t change a winning formula after all – the participation is a high point of this edition. The mixture of traditional yachts with boats from the third millennium is the main characteristic of Les Voiles and has become a veritable ‘trademark’. Mini-maxis, 15 M JIs, Wally 100s, the Pen Duicks as well as an exceptional fleet of over twenty ‘centenarians’ will cross tacks on the Var region’s race zone for an extraordinary week of festivity. A new feature for 2012 is that Les Voiles has decided to honour the 15 M JIs. As such, from 2 to 6 October, a special race reserved for four yachts from the 15-Metre class will be organised for the first time within the context of the 14th edition of Les Voiles de Saint Tropez for Mariska (Fife 1908), which is a member of the Saint Tropez Société Nautique, Tuiga (Fife 1909), Hispania (Fife 1909) and The Lady Anne (Fife 1912 – one hundred years old this year).
On shore: a festival for all
Racing during the day, partying during the evening. Once again the spectacle of Les Voiles will be guaranteed both on the water and on land to enable the inhabitants of Saint Tropez and the public to participate in the event around the port and along the town’s streets. The highlights of the onshore entertainment will this year be the scheduled procession of the crews on Thursday evening. The jury, set up on a platform in front of the port’s bars, will be composed of a mixture of Saint Tropez’ inhabitants – including some members of the town’s staff and shopkeepers – and a number of captains. The jury itself will be disguised no less. To enable the crews to have more time to prepare, this grand procession, which sets out on a complete tour of the port from Les Voiles’ village, is scheduled for 1900 hours. There’s also a festival in the Place des Lices, with different activities boasting an ‘Olympic’ theme and most notably a celebrated rugby match, a mechanical bull, wrestling and a tug-of-war, not to mention the famous bowling competition on Wednesday evening, and the giant Savoyard fry-up.
Partners to Voiles de Saint-Tropez
La REGION PACA
SERIE LIMITEE / LES ECHOS
LES MARINES DE COGOLIN
L’ESPRIT VILLAGE DES COMMERCANTS DE SAINT-TROPEZ
QUESTIONS DE MARQUE
Saturday 29 September – Sunday 30: Reception and scrutineering
Monday 1, Tuesday 2, Wednesday 3, Thursday 4 (J. Laurain day, Challenge Day), Friday 5 et Saturday 6 October: Coastal course, 1st start 1130 hours
Sunday 30 September et Monday 1er October: Reception and scrutineering
Sunday 30 September: arrival of the Yacht Club de France’s Autumn Cup from Cannes
Tuesday 2, Wednesday 3, Thursday 4 (J. Laurain Day, Challenge Day, Club 55 Cup), Friday 5 et Saturday 6 October: Coastal course , 1st start 1200 hours
General prize-giving for all
Sunday 7 October, from1100 hours
DRAGON SAINT TROPEZ
Monday 15, Tuesday 16 October: Reception, launches and scrutineering
Wednesday 17, Thursday 18, Friday 19, Saturday 20: Racing in the bay
Saturday 20: prize-
Société Nautique of Saint Tropez, President: André Beaufils
Administration: Anne Bogaert
Registration: Frédérique Fantino
Communication: Chloé de Brouwer