The curtain closes on an absolutely bewitching Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2022! • Live thimble

– The winners of the four Maxi Groups rewarded this evening.
– Capricorno, winner of the IMA Mediterranean Maxi Inshore Challenge 2022.
– See you in 2023!

What a dozen crazy people! The Voiles de Saint-Tropez have quite simply lit up the Gulf of Var and with it the whole yachting world. Sailing in all its competitive, aesthetic or historical forms shone in all its splendor in the breathtaking setting of Saint Tropez, offering sailors and onlookers a moment of dreamlike escape. The beautiful summer of sailing comes to an end this evening, leaving all its participants in a light daze amidst all the pomp, friendship and passion that this beautiful event arouses and the beautiful boats that win the hearts and souls of crews and passers-by. See you in 2023, from September 30 to October 14.

08/10/2022, Saint-Tropez (FRA,83), Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2022, Race 4 (retired), Cannonball crew (Winner Division 2)

Spirit of Malouen X, Cannonball, Lyra and Saïda crowned!
It was a decisive last day at Les Voiles for the presentation of the Trophies to each of the four groups of Maxis who competed in this second and last week of the Voiles de Saint Tropez. Thunderstorms and rain radically transformed the mood and light of the gulf today as the 46 Maxis set off on a short coastal course in a slight North-NNE, which proved to be particularly fickle in strength and direction. Despite a good and proper start and the best efforts to set the course on the part of the Race Committees, which have been quite admirable throughout the past fortnight, it was finally the storm that triumphed, sucking in every last breath of air in the gulf and causing the cancellation of this last day of racing. However, in addition to a day of Challenges on Thursday, the 4 Maxi groups validated 3 superb races in all, making it possible to crown the magnificent winners this evening. Stéphane Névé’s Spirit of Malouen X, with a crew from the world of TP52 racing, just missed out on the Maxi 1 treble after taking two race victories. In the Maxi 2 category, Cannonball not only reigned supreme over the rest of the group, but also overcame the other two formidable Maxi 72s, Jethou and North Star, and warded off the threat of Magic Carpet 3, the incredibly successful Wallycento. Lyra is coming off a Maxi 3 win against one of this season’s standout Maxis, the Reichel/Pugh designed 80ft Capricorno. Swiss Jürg Schneider’s ketch Saïda also excelled in the Maxi 4, just ahead of the two previous America’s Cup protagonists, the 12mR Kiwi Magic KZ7 and French Kiss.

An articulated foiler at the rendezvous of the Voiles de Saint-Tropez: Flying Nikka
The futuristic foiler Flying Nikka has been hired at Les Voiles in accordance with the wishes of the IMA. Its size, its profile and above all its huge articulated foils caused a sensation in Saint Tropez. Designed by a team led by Irish designer Mark Mills, the 19m Flying Nikka with its state-of-the-art foils was able to cross the gulf this week, posting speeds in excess of 40 knots at times. It was built in Valencia at the King Marine shipyard, which has all the latest composite technologies. “Roberto Lacorte wanted to have a thoroughbred racing boat, built for speed”, explains Alezio Razeto, Team Manager of Flying Nikka. “We had seen the development of foils on Imoca class sailboats and America’s Cup yachts, so we said to ourselves: why don’t we have articulated foils on a racing boat in the Mediterranean? It is Roberto Lacorte, the owner, who helms the boat. The crew largely have America’s Cup experience. Steering a foiler is not the most difficult aspect. The real difficulty lies in adjusting the sails and the foils. There are a large number of elements to configure to make it hover, in the air and well balanced, especially since the pressure in the sails is never constant. Adjusting the foils is the most complicated element, especially when flying at over thirty knots!

Georges Korhel, Senior Race Director
“We have succeeded in the two-week bet. We have more and more big boats, which are bigger and bigger! Everyone has understood that it is not possible to reconcile massive Wallys and small classic yachts in the same arena. The logic of the two weeks is beyond doubt. Our second week courses are perfectly suited for fast Maxis. The 55 Club Cup also proved to be a great success. We had a very complicated first week, with the Mistral picking up again at the end of the day to put some tension in the races. We launched races in 15-16 knots of wind, but the fleet returned to port in the evening in gusts of over 25 knots. Everyone played the game and everything went well. During the second week we had very light conditions. We had to adapt the courses and be a step ahead of possible course reductions. In the end, however, we have validated races every day and all the sailors are happy. We’ve also made progress in results management, eliminating the need for paper in the process. Everything is now computerized and everyone has easy access to it thanks to dedicated applications.

Benoit de Froidmont, President of the International Maxi Association.
“The Maxis really felt at home in Saint Tropez. I have had excellent feedback from the owners. They sailed well all week and the results are in line with those of the past season, with a few exceptions. Tonight we will award the Trophies for our Mediterranean Maxi Inshore Challenge, as well as to our best member. Multihulls and foilers really appeal to some owners and it’s our mission to welcome them with open arms.

The winners of the Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2023 MAXIS:

Maxi 1 – North Sails Trophy; Spirit of Malouen X (Stéphane Névé.) 2nd: Pattoo. 3rd: Jasi – (Toby Clarke)

Maxi 2 – Galeries Bartoux Trophy: Cannonball (Dario Ferrari). 2nd Northern Stars (Peter Dubens). 3rd: Magic Carpet 3 (Lindsay Owen Jones)

Maxi 3 – Besserat de Bellefon Trophy: Lyra (Terry Hui). 2nd Capricorn (Alessandro Del Bono). 3rd: Friends (Valter Pizzoli)

Maxi 4 – Torpez Trophy: Saïda (Jürg Schneider). 2nd Kiwi Magic KZ7 (Johan Petersen). 3rd: French Kiss (Christophe Babule)

Winner of the IMA Mediterranean Maxi Inshore Challenge: Capricorn (Alessandro Del Bono)

Best IMA Member: Lyra (Terry Hui)

Town of Saint-Tropez Cup – 1st Maxi Yacht: Cannonball (Dario Ferrari)

Club 55 Maxi Coupe: Magic Carpet 3 – Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones

Challenges: Kiwi Magic KZ7 (Johan Petersen)

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