St Tropez welcomes back its world-famous regatta

25th August, 2016
St Tropez is world-renowned for being one of the world’s most glamourous holiday destinations, with glitzy bars and restaurants looking out over the glittering Mediterranean, where million-pound yachts can be seen docked on the water. The town’s annual regatta, Les Voiles de St-Tropez, showcases it at its best, where some of the world’s most influential people gather and even more beautiful boats take to the majestic waters.

Now in its 18th edition, this year’s regatta returns from September 24th to October 2nd, and has become a major sailing meet since having been first established 27 years ago. With each regatta, the yachts become more and more extravagant, with the cutting-edge of modern yachts found alongside some of the most beautiful classic yachts.

Organised by the Sociètè Nautique de Saint-Tropez, this year’s event looks to be better than ever, with some bankable names as well as new additions to the fleet making for a thrilling competition as well as a wonderful display of yachts. Around 300 of the world’s most impressive racers will all be competing in order to get their hands on the Rolex Trophy, one of the most coveted prizes in the world of sailing.

With the training dates on the 24th and 25th of September, the regatta gets properly underway on Monday 26th. Throughout the regatta, the contemporary sailing yachts will take part in five days of races, while the traditional yachts will also compete in four days of fleet races. Thursday September 29th is a Lay Day, while the regatta comes to an end on Saturday 1st October, followed by the prize giving party on the 2nd.

As well as watching the races, guests will also be able to enjoy a variety of social events taking place on the shore. An exclusive bar terrace and daily entertainment can be found in the Grand Village throughout the event, perfect for soaking up Les Voiles de St-Tropez in all its splendour. If you’re planning a late summer stay at one of our luxury St Tropez villas, this is an event not to be missed.

Image: Gilles Martin-Raget/Les Voiles de St-Tropez