After the success of the new format over two weeks, validated during an unforgettable 2021 edition, the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez, always at the forefront of evolution, is opening its 2022 starting lines to a new class of competitors: the Performance Cruising Multihulls. The meeting of the most beautiful boats in the world now includes a new category of multihulls, alongside the famous fleets of modern, classic and Maxi boats.
The “Big Cats” among the lords
Wally and Maxi are unquestionably among the most scrutinized stars of the Voiles de Saint-Tropez, the only French leg of their regatta programs apart from the Rolex Giraglia. The second week of Les Voiles has been entirely dedicated to them for two years to allow them to have a space to suit them, in the port and on the water, as well as a program perfectly adapted to their numerous crews and their impressive performance and scalability. It is in this second part reserved for giants that a fleet of multihulls will be welcomed for the first time. This evolution, well in tune with the times, is not for all that a denial for the SNST; proud to have welcomed Dennis Conner’s catamaran, winner of the America’s Cup, as well as Alain Thébault’s very famous Hydroptère, designed by Eric Tabarly, or even Stève Ravussin’s MOD70 Race for Water, on the sidelines of the Nioulargue, the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez has been co-organizing the French leg of SailGP since last year on the lightning-fast F50s. As for the Performance Cruising Multihulls category, everyone knows the silhouette of these sharp catamarans over 55 feet, combining the irreplaceable stability – and comfort – of cruising on two hulls, with the pleasure of performance. A homogeneous fleet, registered by invitation (like all the competitors of the Voiles de Saint-Tropez) is now invited from October 2 to 8 to take departures in front of Saint-Tropez
The new format confirmed
This was last year’s big development: all the classic yachts are now expected in the first week, i.e. from Saturday September 24 to Saturday October 1, 2022, at the same time as the fleet of modern boats until at 18.28 meters. This new configuration also ensures continuity in the program of traditional sailboats. The rest of the larger modern competitors – and multihulls since this year – are invited to take center stage from Sunday 2 October.
As the fleet is spread over two weeks instead of just one, more boats can benefit from mooring inside the port of Saint-Tropez during their week of regattas, the number of competitors registered with Les Voiles greatly exceeding the capacity port reception. For security reasons, all participants who do not have a place in Saint-Tropez must also provide proof of shelter in one of the surrounding ports, so as to be able to anticipate the vagaries of the weather with complete peace of mind.
The two-week format also has an advantage that is much appreciated by competitors and the public alike: it allows all classes to start in front of the port jetty, under the Portalet tower, in front of the mythical bell tower of the city of the Bailli. of Suffren. To ensure everyone’s safety, the body of water is specially laid out with “waiting” areas allowing the starting area to be freed up for each series in a predetermined order.
Week 1 : Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, modern and classic
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September: reception of all classic sailboats and modern sailboats up to 18.28 meters
Monday September 26: regattas for modern sailboats
Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28, Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October: regattas for modern sailboats and traditional sailboats
Thursday, September 29: challenge day
Saturday, October 1: prize giving (week 1)
Week 2: Maxi Yachts and Multihulls Sails
Sunday 3 and Monday 4 October: reception of large modern units (Wally, Mini Maxi, Maxi, Super Maxi) and Performance Cruising Multihulls (from 55 feet)
Tuesday 4, Wednesday 5, Thursday 6, Friday 7, Saturday 8: regattas
Saturday, October 8: prize giving (week 2)
Photo credit: Gilles Martin-Raget
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