La Nioulargue comes back to life in Saint Tropez on Thursday…
Appreciated by racers and owners alike, tradition has it that Thursday is a celebration of the spirit of the Nioulargue, ancestor of Les Voiles, and its creator Patrice de Colmont. With many challenges, mixing classes and styles, the Club 55 Cup and the Centennial Race, the day is a regatta between gentlemen and gentlewomen of yachting that focuses on the beauty of the gesture and the creation of memories that will last a lifetime. . The starting line at Portalet is open and each captain is authorized to start once his presence has been announced to the Race Committee. On land, the hilarity of the usual parade of crews along the Môle Jean Réveille will culminate with the rescheduled Sardinade des Voiles, a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach!
Club 55 Cup, France and Tuiga in a duel.
Since 2003, the Club 55 Cup has been a replay of the epic 1981 challenge between 12mR Ikra and American Swan Pride. Race between Le Portalet and La Nioulargue, this duel always takes place in the friendliest of atmospheres. This year, the defending champion being unfortunately unable to race, the organizing committee has been tasked with finding two new protagonists for tomorrow. A clash of genres but not of cultures, the 12mR France (1970) will thus be opposed to the 15mR Tuiga (1909).
Gstaad Yacht Club Centenary Trophy
Tomorrow Thursday will take place the 11th edition of the Centenary Trophy of the 21 Classic sailing ships of 100 years and more. Double champion of the event, the Olympian (Gardner 1913) will have a lot to do to defend her title, especially against the fantastic former champion Spartan (Herreshoff 1913).
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Philippe Serenon, President of the IRC Owners Association
“This is an owners’ association of IRC boats that race handicapped with the aim of facilitating competition between a wide range of keelboats, racing and cruising monohulls. Supporting owners and races such as Ar Men, Spi Ouest-France, an Atlantic championship and a Mediterranean championship, the association is currently considering the idea of a national final involving the new Class 30s developed by the ‘UNCL and the RORC. 40 boats have already been commissioned to date at Multiplast. Our owners are spoiled for choice in Saint-Tropez for the kind of beautiful festive races they savor…”
Partner of the day: North Sails
For the 4th year, North Sails is the official clothing supplier of the Voiles de Saint-Tropez. Thus, a special collection dedicated to the event has been created for Men, Women and Children, with graphics inspired by the world of racing. It is a “lifestyle” collection, designed from natural materials, organic cotton or nylon from recycled plastic. 96% of the collection is produced from organic or recycled materials. The brand makes every effort to reduce the carbon footprint of its manufacturing processes and products, and the North Sails boutique in the village of Les Voiles races sells this special dedicated line.
Week 1: Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez: Modern and Classic
Thursday September 29: Challenge Day, Club 55 Cup, Centennial Race
Friday September 30 and Saturday October 1: regattas for modern and classic sailboats
Saturday, October 1: Prize giving (week 1)
Week 2: Maxi Yachts and Multihulls Sails
Sunday 3 and Monday 4 October: registration for large modern yachts (Wally, Mini Maxi, Maxi, Super Maxi) and Performance Cruising Multihulls (over 60 feet)
Tuesday 4, Wednesday 5, Friday 7, Saturday 8: races
Thursday 6: laying day
Saturday, October 8: Prize giving (week 2)