St Tropez, France
26 Sep - 3 Oct 2020
The race is on as the highly anticipated Les Voiles De Saint Tropez returns to the glistening Cote D'Azur.
As one of the annual highlights of the French Riviera regatta circuit, these exciting races bring thousands of spectators to the area to see who will win the coveted Rolex Trophy.
Following on from the celebratory 20th anniversary in 2019, where both The Sails and the Rolex Trophy were won by Cippino II, the 2020 edition promises to provide yet another spectacular event for visitors to Saint Tropez.
Over 300 boats are scheduled to attend the prestigious event with nearly 4,000 sailors accompanying the vessels.
Organised by the Nautical Society of St Tropez, the celebration of nautical vessels showcases crafts of all shapes and sizes, some of which can be a century old. Other crafts frequently attending include futuristic prototypes, various different sizes of sailboats and maxi yachts.
Running from September 26th until October 9th, there will be a host of different races which all appeal to nautical enthusiasts. The most popular races include various courses featuring Wally yachts out in the Gulf of St Tropez and of course the ultimate prize winner, the Rolex Trophy race.
Younger sailors will once again have their chance to get out on the waters of the Mediterranean and be part of the adrenaline-fuelled event. Children aged between 6-12 will be able to show their developing sailing skills in the Petite Voiles. First introduced in 2018, this event is rapidly becoming a staple attraction for families attending the show in the South of France.
In addition to the many stalls and features at the popular marine village, visitors to the event can steer away from the competitive spirit and indulge in a bit of fun. For what has now become an annual feature, the Crew Parade is an all-dancing dress-up occasion for the crews to impress the crowds with their not so nautical talents. Parading from the harbour master's office to the far end of the port, the crews have upped their game every year with unique dance routines and exciting costumes.
Unlike previous editions of Les Voiles Des Saint Tropez, this year's event has been extended to create a 15 day event, with one week dedicated to the larger boats.
The change has come about to even out every competitor's chances with suitable courses and rivals for each type of vessel. The size limit for Modern Boats has been capped at 23 metres for the first week of races. In addition to the new size limit for the first week, a second week of racing has been introduced with events being held for larger crafts and, of course, Grands Tradition.
We’ll run Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez with a size limit of 23m for the Modern boats, and we’ll have a second week of competition with the large Modern craft and Grands Tradition. In this way, we’ll have courses suited to these types of boat, with starts and finishes off Portalet!
RESIDENCE DU PORT, PLACE EUGENE CELLI, 83990 Saint-Tropez, France