Les Voiles – an extension of summer! • Live thimble

Summer is gradually deserting France, the whole country is gradually sinking into autumn, leaving in its wake the heady delights of summer. All this except Saint Tropez, a small Var village bordering the Mediterranean, which still benefits from the heat of the sun.

Thus, the whole sailing planet naturally migrates to the Gulf one last time to enjoy the buzz of the regattas, the wonderful spectacle of the myriads of sails and the contagious passion of the sailors in their element. The 24th edition of Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez is open to yachting enthusiasts from all over the world and the 2022 version will once again take place for two joyful weeks with a line-up of classic yachts and ultra-modern Maxis. On the racing programme, the familiar sequence of mythical and unmissable events, ranging from the arrival of the classic yachts competing in the Yacht Club de France’s Autumn Cup on Sunday afternoon, via the Rolex Trophy, the Challenge Day and its Centenary Trophy.

250 sailboats and nearly 3,000 sailors are chomping at the bit as they prepare to celebrate the true spirit of international yachting in all its glory on the waters of Saint Tropez.

160 years old and always in search of innovation

Far from resting on its laurels, the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez (which celebrates its 160th anniversary this year), which has been organizing Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez since 1999, continues to evolve with an increasingly strong environmental commitment, framed by a host of new initiatives to punctuate the coming fortnight.

“Nautical players are very keen to understand the importance of a deep respect for the marine environment, whose fragility they know and experience on a daily basis”, explains the president, Pierre Roinson. “Sailing is a vector of strong environmental messages and as an organiser, we wish to adopt a proactive approach, shared and supported by the commitment of our partners. The highlights of this new approach include the use of GPS-guided course markers that can be positioned without damaging the seabed, a “paperless” race committee, an event village that is more eco-responsible than ever, as well as just a stop at the fireworks.

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A new look village with strong South American vibes

Another flagship novelty, a race village completely redesigned to accommodate both the participants and the public of the Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2022. Thus, the space has been resized to give it the atmosphere of the vast residences typical of the vast domains of Latin America. Benefiting of course from a new decor, all the fluidity and comfort of the space have been improved, with the bar area positioned at the back, allowing better communication between the different areas. Regarding the various stands in the village, the president of the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez, Pierre Roinson, wanted to reconnect with the original spirit of the event by bringing them all together in the exhibitors’ village, where they have direct contact with link with the world of the sea and the protection of the environment. Similarly, sailors and visitors will be able to find a wide variety of souvenirs on the theme of Sails from their time at the event – glasses, water bottle, USB keys, etc. – available in the SNST shop area at the entrance to the Village. .

* The entry list is online on the brand new Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez website, a new, more fluid and modern space, bringing together all the information on the event and its program on land and on the water. www.lesvoilesdesaint-tropez.fr

2022 program

Week 1: Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez: Modern and Classic
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September: registration for all classic yachts without size limit and modern yachts up to 18.28 meters
Sunday 25 September: Classic yachts competing in the Yacht Club de France Autumn Cup race from Cannes to the finish in Saint Tropez
Monday 26 September: regatta for modern yachts
Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28, Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October: regattas for modern and classic sailboats
Thursday September 29: Challenge Day, Club 55 Cup, Centennial Race
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)

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