Have you ever wondered whose statue it is that stands on the quayside in Saint-Tropez?
It is of Admiral Pierre André de Suffren de Saint-Tropez, a man who spent his early career in Malta with the Knights of St John. Known to his enemies as “Admiral Satan.”
So it is perhaps fitting that his name is remembered with a trophy for the Camper & Nicholsons Trophée Bailli de Suffren
Known to many as “the Mediterranean’s most beautiful yacht race”, it has become a grand 21st century sailing tradition for classic sailing yachts over 11 metres – a rally of special friends, old and new.
The race was the brainchild of three friends: Henri-Christian Schroder, Christian Benoit and Pierre Hugo. Having founded the Marenostrum Racing Club to oversee the event, they have worked with the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez and other classic yacht organisations to manage the race.
Now in its 12th Year Entries are now being accepted for the 2013 edition of the race.
Starting on Saturday 22 June, the three-leg race includes stopovers in Porto Rotondo (Sardinia) and Trapani (Sicily).
Camper & Nicholsons widely recognised as one of the world’s oldest yachting business names, with origins dating back to 1782 will take the role of title sponsor of the event
Up to 30 classic yachts are expected to make the start in St-Tropez. In past years the fleet has ranged from 12 metres, century-old wooden masterpieces to the 56 metre three-masted schooner Atlantic.
“We are extremely proud to be lead sponsor of the Bailli de Suffren,” said Kurt Fraser, Sales & Marketing Director of C&N Marinas. “This event is the perfect blend of tradition, seafaring adventure, and friendly competition.
Given our history, it is entirely fitting that we should add our support to this unique celebration of classic yachting.”
The Notice of Race and entry forms are now available on the race website