Preparations are well in hand in Antibes for the Grand Opening of Les Voiles d’Antibes – Trophée Panerai which begins on 8th and runs for four days
This year action takes place at a new location of the Esplanade St. – Jaume (formerly an old Shipyard), in the shadow of the ramparts of the Old town of Antibes and just metres away from the superyachts moored on IYCA better known as Billionaires’ Quay.
This will be the 16th outing of Les Voiles d’Antibes who will again host for a selection of the most beautiful classic yachts in the world for the opening of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge.
Since 1996, the event, held annually around the first week of June, marks the opening of the Mediterranean circuit for classic yachts and Metric Classes and is the first regatta of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, where adventure and luxury combine in a sporting tradition and atmosphere.
Organised in the early season, the racing is between some of the most beautiful vintage yachts (built before 1950), Classic Yachts (built before 1976) and Spirit of Tradition Yachts and Classes.
Yachts which have since the late nineteenth century, shaped the great history of International Yachting and its values of fair play, solidarity and mutual respect.
For most participants, this gathering is the first big rendezvous of the Mediterranean season. When spring comes, the boats have returned to their home harbours in the Mediterranean.
Some have undergone renovations and upgrades to maximize their performances, others have been sold or changed their crews. As a result, participants are renewed each year around a core of mythic boats such as:
- Bona Fide
- The Blue Peter
All of who have long been present at all races.
In addition, each year new boats, appear on the circuit. Subjects of recent restorations and renovations. Antibes, being the first big rally of the season, is the opportunity for fans to come and enjoy the clean lines and architectural plans, the harmony of the gaff rigs and Bermudians and the elegant ballet with crews preparing with passion and thoroughness their sailing legend.
Yachts Registered and Full Program on: http://www.voilesdantibes.com/inscrits.php