Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez

Voiles de St Tropez FestivalNot to be missed: a trip from Nice to Saint-Tropez for one of the world’s most famous sailing events

One of the most exciting and elegant events to be held in the south of France each year is Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez. The world famous sailing regatta is regarded by many as the most glamorous yachting fixture of the season, and is well worth a visit from Nice to Saint-Tropez.

From 24th September to October 2nd, more than 300 sailing yachts will converge on the picturesque fishing port, just 20 minutes by helicopter from Nice to Saint-Tropez, to compete in the week-long festival.

Sailing Festival 'Les Voiles de St Tropez'Make the most of the sensational event by reserving your place on a yacht in the Golf of Saint-Tropez to watch the truly magnificent sight of scores of taught sails gliding across the sea. And after the yachts have taken down their sails for the day, the port of Saint-Tropez and the dozens of boats anchored in the bay erupts into one big party. Indulge in some chilled champagne and then head back to Nice by helicopter.

The races are classed according to the type of yacht, and before heading by helicopter from Nice to Saint-Tropez it is worth noting the race schedules. Races include the Traditional class, for classic yachts, the Modern Class, the Esprit de Tradition class, The Wally class and the 12 Meter America’s Cup Yachts class.

Les Voiles de St Tropez Sailing FestivalSome of the stunning yachts that take part in the Voiles Saint-Tropez Regatta are amongst the most famous sailing yachts in the world. They include the legendary J-Class yachts, Swans, and Maxiyachts.

Perhaps the most prestigious race – which should not be missed and is definitely worth a helicopter ride from Nice to Saint-Tropez – is La Grande Classe Trophy. This race is only open to classic yachts that have earned their place in the event. Held on the Thursday of every regatta, it includes some of the most beautiful classical racing sailing yachts in the world.

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