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A Round Up of Sailing Regattas in South of France

October 24, 2018

Whilst many European countries have been blessed with a prolonged Indian summer, there is no avoiding the fact that winter is only weeks away. So, to lighten those long winter evenings we bring you a look back at some of the highlights of this summer’s sailing regattas in South of France.

The Mediterranean – and the South of France in particular – is one of Europe’s premier sailing destinations, with a growing number of families descending on the region each summer to holiday on these luxury vessels. Many choose to get a yacht fractional ownership or purchase a yacht purely for the pleasure of spending summer on the glittering Cote d’Azur waters.

The coastal region from Monaco to Saint Tropez is also a prime location for sailing regattas, with yachts from all over the world arriving in the area to take part in some of the most important events on the nautical calendar.

Below we take a look back at three of our favourite French Riviera sailing regattas from this summer.

3 Incredible Sailing Regattas in South of France 2018

1.   Trophée Bailli de Suffren, 23rd June – 4th July

One of the first regattas of the season was the Trophée Bailli de Suffren, an epic sailing race which left Saint-Tropez on 23rd June and finished in Gozo, Malta, on 4th July. The race, which saw dozens of sailing yachts take part, covered an area of 580 nautical miles.

Founded in 2001, the idea behind the Trophée Bailli de Suffren was to create “the longest race for classic yachts in the Mediterranean.” The race traditionally begins in the South of France, passes around Sardinia to Sicily and then on to Malta.

It is open to classic yachts of more than 11 metres, which are divided into three categories – vintage, classic and spirit of tradition.

2.   Corsica Classic, 26th August – 9th September

Another of our favourite sailing regattas in South of France is the Corsica Classic, a regatta which has for the last eight years taken place towards the end of August along the coast of Corsica.

A must-attend for admirers of the ‘Esprit de tradition’ class, the regatta spans two weeks and takes in many of the most beautiful ports on the ‘Isle of Beauty’ – Bonifacio, Ajaccio, Palombaggia…to name but a few.

Each day the yachts follow a coastal route of about 20 nautical miles – and when the sailing is done, the real fun begins in some of the Mediterranean’s most wonderful marinas!

3.    Régates Royales de Cannes,  22 – 29th September 2018

The famous Régates Royales de Cannes celebrated its 40th anniversary this summer with a spectacle of sailing yachts in the Bay of Cannes to end the month of September. The event is now one of the most famous sailing regattas in South of France for classic yachts – with this year’s participants coming from as far afield as Brazil, Australia and Russia.

More than 200 classic yachts and 70 Dragons took place in this year’s historic event – which saw more than 1,500 sailors forced ashore for two days due to ferocious winds.

Once the conditions had stabilised, fans of the sport were able to see the likes of Olympic champion Torben Grael, from Brazil, and Duran Duran singer Simon le Bon compete in the breath-taking race, which spans the French Riviera coast from Cannes to Nice.

The event is a firm favourite with participants and spectators alike, with many visitors taking to the waters on their private yachts to cheer on the competitors. We can’t wait until next summer!

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