Elegance galore for the 20th anniversary of Les Voiles de Saint-
There is just over a month to go to celebrate the 20 years of Les Voiles de Saint-
Modern craft: the best of the best!
In addition to the Wally class’ international movers and shakers, Olympic medallists and world title holders – such as Thierry Peponnet (Tango), Jochen Schümann and Tom Whidden (Magic Carpet3) – the docks of Les Voiles will once again resonate to the furious pace of the IRC boats this year. Among the largest craft, there’s sure to be a standing ovation for George David’s Maxi, with the stellar Brad Butterworth calling tactics, Rambler 88. Indeed, she will be fresh from her latest victory in elapsed time in the Rolex Fastnet Race with a time of 1d 19hr and 55'. All eyes will also be on some of the newcomers to the fleet like the V68 Pelotari (20 metres), designed in collaboration with the architect Mark Mills, which was launched in late June, or the GS80 Essentia (24 metres), designed by Ceccarelli Yacht Design and Engineering, which is also due to make her race debut in Saint Tropez.
Another eagerly awaited appearance is that of French Kiss, the legendary 12mR, chartered by Marc Pajot and a nice crop of former crew from the America’s Cup project, who flew the French flag in Australia back in 1987. Suffice to say that the competition will be fierce for the 30 Class A superyachts and Maxis, which will see a number of big names from sailing and offshore racing slugging it out, such as the double champion of the Barcelona World Race, Jean-
Among the IRC Es, there will likely be a serious confrontation between the forty or so competitors which together make up the cream of the Farrs, Firsts, J Boats, JPKs, Melges and Océanis, not to mention the very elegant dayboat fleet, namely the Code 0s and Tofinous.
Tradition: constant bedazzlement
It’s possible to have won the Vendée Globe twice over, made a clean sweep of all the monohull and multihull prizes, been elected sailor of the year three times and still come along to humbly ‘learn the ropes’ on a classic boat at Les Voiles de Saint-
In Marconi A Classic, another capped skipper will be at the controls of Hermitage, in the person of Lionel Péan, who’ll gather around him some of the key elements of the legendary crew of L'Esprit d'Equipe with whom he was the first – and only – Frenchman to win the Whitbread, a crewed round the world race. He’ll be up against another star of French offshore racing, Philippe Monnet, at the helm of Lys, his 1956 Sparkman & Stephens.
In this anniversary edition of Les Voiles de Saint-
Alongside Ester (1901 Mellgren design), one of the year’s great ‘discoveries’ will undoubtedly be the clash with Sumurun, a 1914 Fife design. This highly exceptional 35-
Among the Gaffers, this year’s new addition, with a ketch-
Anniversary for Roy
To celebrate 20 years of the event, the Société Nautique de Saint-
Saturday 28, Sunday 29 September: Registration and inspection
Monday 30 September, Tuesday 1, Wednesday 2, Thursday 3 (J. Laurain Memorial Day, Challenge Day), Friday 4 and Saturday 5 October: Inshore races, 1st start 11:00 hours
Sunday 29 and Monday 30 September: Registration and inspection
Sunday 29 September: arrival of the Yacht Club de France Autumn Cup feeder race from Cannes Tuesday 1, Wednesday 2, Thursday 3 (J.Laurain Memorial Day, Challenge Day, Club 55 Cup, GYC Centenary Trophy), Friday 4 and Saturday 5 October: Inshore race, 1st start 12:00 hours
Sunday 6 October, from 11:00 hours
Société Nautique de Saint-
Principal Race Officer: Georges Korhel
Communication: Chloé de Brouwer
Fotos: Copyright Gilles Martin-