The incredible ‘Les Voiles de St-Tropez’ is approaching at a rate of knots and it’s certainly an event that those of us with any nautical interests will not want to miss. This beautiful gathering of yachts ran for the first time 26 years ago, under the title of ‘La Nioulargue’. One of the world’s most spectacular regattas, ‘Les Voiles’ boasts the grandest modern sailing boats and the most charming traditional yachts to be seen today. Enthusiastic and skilled racers travel from all over the world to take part in the event, some with their eyes on the illustrious Rolex trophy while others are simply proud to be taking part in the event. Located on the French Riviera near Marseille and Cannes, the stunning St- Tropez is renowned for its distinguished inhabitants.
Each year, Les Voiles de St-Tropez draws attention to this beautiful part of the world with its classically attractive traditional vessels and high-powered super yachts. Especially interesting for those wanting to embrace every aspect of this sailing celebration is the Milebuilder adventure sailing package, which offers aspiring sailors the chance to sail from the UK to St-Tropez, arriving just in time for the regatta. Once in St-Tropez, it’s time for the races to begin and there are a number of ways to get a good view. Obviously, the best view is enjoyed by the crews who are participating in the races, an option reserved for only the most talented and experienced crews.
If you’re a talented sailor and want to get out on the water, your best bet is probably the crew exchange which is organised in coordination with the ‘Vogueavecmoi’ site. If you’re looking for a way to enjoy the races without getting your feet wet, you can observe them from the shore, from Les Voiles’ village, from the port of St-Tropez and from a number of other fantastic vantage points. For those of us who don’t wish to take part in any of the actual sailing activities, there’s plenty to do on land. Beginning with the blessing of the yachts, the event, running from September 24th to October 2nd, is a rich tapestry of sport, festivity and activities. The port and the streets of the town itself will be bustling with things to do, see and try. The most memorable on-land spectacle? Surely the grand parade of crews dressed as anything from comic book heroes to cavemen, creating an incredible atmosphere and a lasting impression on all lucky spectators.