For their 17th edition, Les Voiles d’Antibes have not failed in their tradition, for the opening of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, combining for 5 days, highly competitive races on the water, despite unpredictable weather conditions, and wild celebrations on the Village ground.
An exceptional Record participation of 57 Yachts this year proving if necessary, that Les Voiles d’Antibes – Trophée Panerai is the largest spring gathering of Classic Yachting in the Mediterranean, including the participation of members of the Big Boats Class like Moonbeam IV, Moonbeam Of Fife and Cambria (joined at anchor by Altair, Germania and Sunshine).
These giants of the Yachting History coasting vessels that despite their smaller sizes are not less essential and indispensable actors of these regattas. Historically, large units provide public entertainment while units of smaller sizes insure the sporting success of the regatta and the entertainment on the docks. Noted this year, the presence of two Q Class: Eleonore (ex Cottom Blossom II of Dennis Conner)) and Jour de Fête (helmed by Bruno Trouble) and three 8 Meter IR: Helen, Apache and Rhea.
A perfect orchestration of the Races
With complex weather conditions, participants could battle it out on all three days of coastal races contested on technical and varied courses. For the first race, the committee wished to send the fleet on a course in the bay of Juan-les-Pins to offer a superb parade in front of the beaches. The second race was going to take the fleet on a course more offshore which was highly technical with a capricious breeze off heat and wind set near the coast. A choice who favored some units like Oiseau de Feu who managed to beat in real and corrected time, both Q Classes who were though favorites.
The best day was unquestionably the Sunday Race on June 3, held with a steady breeze, awaited since the start of the regatta, to the delight of the participants who remained still slightly frustrated by the conditions of very soft winds on Saturday, June 2 that forced the Committee to cancel the race. After three races sailed out of four, the winners are: Moonbeam IV in Big Boats, Marigold in Vintage Gaff, Leonore in Vintage Marconi B, Helen in Vintage Marconi C, Stella Pollare of the Italian Navy in Classic Marconi B, Arcadia in Classic Marconi C, Naif in Classic Racer, Savannah in Spirit of Tradition and South Australia in 12 meter IR.
Nightly Parties with Yachties
Every night, Les Voiles d’Antibes entertained with joy and good humor the Port Vauban and the old town of Antibes. Every evening the crews were able to meet and share with the public the common passion for Classic Yachts that drives them. Around a friendly village and a Cambuse often crowded, successive live concerts every night mixing Jazz, Pop, Rock Music in the purest tradition of the Voiles d’Antibes.
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