Please select your home edition
Edition
InSunSport - International - GR

Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez all set

by KPMS on 2 Oct 2012
Dockside ambiance in Saint-Tropez © Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi http://www.carloborlenghi.net
The 14th edition of the Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez is set to take place until October 7th with around 300 yachts gracing one of world’s most captivating nautical spectacles. The cosmopolitan fleet comprises both modern and vintage designs representing over a century of yachting history. The most inspiring racing will be within the Tradition division reserved for yachts built prior to 1976 and one or two replicas accepted as conforming sufficiently to an appropriate and original design. Of the 139 entries registered in this category, some 55 will compete for the Rolex Trophy, a coveted prize awarded since 2006 to the best performing Tradition yacht measuring over 16 metres on deck.

A glance at the Rolex Trophy entry list is a mildly head-spinning affair: yachts dating from the 1890s, names more reminiscent of romantic literature than nautical prowess, and a bewildering array of types. The season-ending Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez is one of the biggest regattas in the Mediterranean and certainly one of the most diverse in terms of type of boat. Eligibility for the Tradition division and, by implication, the Rolex Trophy is controlled by the Comité International de la Méditerranée (CIM), and their two measurers Roger Gibert and Renaud Godard.

Initially, the entire Les Voiles fleet is divided by age and material of hull construction. The Tradition division includes all yachts launched prior to 31 December1975 that are built of wood or metal. All others from 1976 forward, and all yachts built of fibreglass or other contemporary materials, race in the Modern division.


Then, within the Tradition division, there is a further distinction based on age. All eligible boats launched between1950 and 1975 are considered 'classique'; those launched prior to 1950 are considered 'époque'. Thereafter boats are sub-divided according to their size, rating and type of rig configuration, for example: Grande Epoque (the largest schooners and gaff rigged yachts, all over 30 metres in length), 15 Metre (yachts conforming to the15 Metre International Rule), Epoque Aurique (gaff rigged yachts), and Classique or Epoque Marconi (Bermudian rigged yachts - loosely those with triangular sails). The intention throughout is to promote fair, competitive racing throughout the diverse fleet.

Three past recipients of the Rolex Trophy are in attendance including last year’s winner, the 57-foot Avel, owned by the Gucci family; the winner in 2010, Ikra, synonymous with the event being one of the two boats in 1981 to engage in a seemingly innocent sporting challenge from which sprang La Nioulargue and then Les Voiles; and, Rowdy, the winner in 2008 and 2009.

While the Modern yachts – cutting edge demonstrations of carbon fibre, speed and power – will contest five days of coastal races, the Tradition division engages in four days of fleet racing. Some 4,000 crew are expected to participate, a number swelled ashore by an enthusiastic public drawn to watching this magnificent spectacle at close hand.

The week of competition will close on Sunday, 7 October with the prize-giving at the 16th-century Citadelle overlooking the port. Among the many prizes presented, the winner of the Rolex Trophy will be awarded a Rolex timepiece.


Past Rolex Trophy Winners:

2011 – Avel (1896, Epoque Aurique). 22.83-metre gaff-rigged cutter designed by Charles E. Nicholson and built by Camper and Nicholson.

2010 – Ikra (1964, Classique Marconi). 12 Metre class sloop design, originally built as Kurrewa V, a trial horse for the Royal Thames YC for the 1964 America’s Cup. Later owned by Baron Bich.

2008/2009 – Rowdy, (1916, Classique Marconi). Herreshoff-designed New York 40 class sloop, commissioned by the New York Yacht Club.

2007 – Agneta (1951, Classique Marconi). 25-metre yawl with a beautiful varnished mahogany hull and unmistakable tanbark sails.

2006 – So Fong (1937, Epoque Marconi). 26-metre schooner designed by renowned naval architecture firm, Sparkman and Stephens and built in Hong Kong.

2012 Event Programme For Rolex Trophy

(Tradition yachts, measuring upwards of 16 metres on deck)

Monday, 1 October: Welcome and Registration
Tuesday, 2 October: Coastal Race, commencing 11:00
Wednesday, 3 October: Coastal Race, commencing 11:00
Thursday, 4 October: Challenge Day
Friday, 5 October: Coastal Race, commencing 11:00
Saturday, 6 October: Coastal Race, commencing 11:00
Sunday, 7 October: Rolex Trophy prize-giving at La Citadelle, Societe Nautique Saint Tropez website

Zhik Dinghy 660x82Ancasta Ker 33 660x82Barz Optics - Melanin Lenses

Related Articles

Groupama Race – Between the north and Nouméa
Beau Geste has arrived at 7:09am this morning, taking the third position on real-time, behind Vodafone and Scallywag. Beau Geste has arrived at 7:09am this morning, taking the third position on real-time, behind Vodafone and Scallywag. The crew was very pleased about his race. The owner and skipper, Karl Kwok, compared the luxury and unspoilt landscapes from the East coast to Polynesia and the West coast to Cebu island in Philippines.
Posted today at 6:49 pm
One day to go to 6th edition of Gstaad Yacht Club's Centenary Trophy
The time has come, all the entrants are in Saint Tropez and ready for tomorrow, a day that will celebrate once more The time has come, all the entrants are in Saint Tropez and getting ready for tomorrow, Thursday, a day that will celebrate once more some of the oldest and most stunning classic yachts on the planet with a race specially conceived for them
Posted today at 6:36 pm
An unchanged Idec Sport crew for the Jules Verne Trophy
At the finish in Brest last February, the six sailors, without exception, stated that they wanted to get back together IDEC SPORT will once again be tackling the Jules Verne Trophy, less than a year after their last attempt, when Francis Joyon's crew only missed out on the record by two days. For the first time in the history of the Trophy, the crew will remain the same. For this wild bunch of just six, there is the feeling that the job needs to be completed.
Posted today at 3:16 pm
Les Voiles de St Tropez - Eugenia Bakunova's view of Day 2
Not a lot of wind for the second day of racing at Les Voiles de St Tropez. Not a lot of wind for the second day of racing at Les Voiles de St Tropez. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru captured these images of the always picturesque classics as they sailed in a light breeze
Posted today at 11:39 am
Legendary Mitch Booth to compete in St-Barth Cata Cup 2016
Sixty teams have already confirmed they will be competing in the event. As a triple world champion, Booth is no stranger to the F18. For this edition, he will be joined by Andy Dinsdale, a regular on the waters around St Barth.
Posted today at 11:25 am
Les Voiles de St Tropez - Eugenia Bakunova's images from Day 1
Racing got underway in St Propez on the first day at Les Voiles de St Tropez with three dedicated race zones Racing got underway in St Propez on the first day at Les Voiles de St Tropez with three dedicated race zones, Nioulargue for the Modern yachts, Pampelonne for the Wallys and the bay for the 15 m JIs, racing in an even swell and glorious sunshine. Most of the Classic yachts are not due to set sail until the second day of racing. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru was on hand to capture the acti
Posted today at 11:17 am
J-70 Worlds - San Francisco - Images from a fired up first day
Images and video of the opening day of the J-70 Worlds being run by the St Francis Yacht Club. Videographer and photographer, John Navas was on the water on the Berkley Circle, San Francisco for the opening day of the J-70 Worlds being run by the St Francis Yacht Club. Here's his view of the day in video and still images.
Posted today at 8:11 am
Groupama Race - Scallywag sets monohull record
Scallywag, the longest monohull, is also the fastest monohull to sail around New-Caledonia. Scallywag, the longest monohull finished second behind the Simon Hull skippered ORMA60 trimaran, Franck Racing (formerly TeamVodafoneSailing). Scallywag also becomes is also the fastest monohull to sail around New-Caledonia. She took 2 days, 13 hours, 19 min and 55s, to establish a new record for monohulls.
Posted today at 4:54 am
Alcatel J/70 Worlds - Cut-throat competition on Day 1 in San Francisco
World Championship regattas always generate high-level competition World Championship regattas always generate high-level competition, but when you stack 68 of the world’s most popular One Design boats on San Francisco Bay in a crisp, late-September breeze, you can bet your last shackle that the competition will be ferocious.
Posted today at 4:09 am
Les Voiles de St Tropez France – Day 2 images by Ingrid Abery
Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from day two Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from day two
Posted on 27 Sep