Les Voiles d’Antibes 2010 will be held from the 2nd to 6th of June 2010 in Antibes.
Les Voiles d’Antibes marks the Grand Opening of the annual Sailing Regatta Season which is closed with Les Voiles de St. Tropez at the end of September. Les Voiles d’Antibes welcomes the worlds fastest and most beautiful classic yachts meet in Antibes on the French Mediterranean coast to race.
There are different race classes and for most of the participants, this prestigious event represents the first meeting of the year.
Les Voiles d’Antibes – Trophée Panerai is appreciated for the quality of its regattas with Match Races for the Metric Classes and Coastal Races for the other classes, along the 23 kms of Antibes and Juan-les-Pins coast. The event is also known for its 5 day festive atmosphere on the quays. Cocktails, Live Music, Art Exhibitions and many other events ensure that the atmosphere in Port Vauban and the old town of Antibes is lively.
Les Voiles d’Antibes – Trophée Panerai is also an event that embraces the pure tradition of yachting and celebrates the yachts built between the second half of the 19th Century and the end of the 20th Century that keep alive yacht owner’s passion and knowledge from generation to generation. They immortalise also the passion and knowledge of the architects, builders, tradesmen, captains and crew who have helped carry them through time, so that we may enjoy their magnificent inheritance.
Below are the different race categories
Vintage Yachts: Yachts built in wood or metal, launched before December 31st, 1949, respecting the spirit of their original plans.
Classic Yachts: Yachts built in wood or metal, launched before December 31st, 1975.
Spirit of Tradition Yachts: Yachts built since 1970 using modern techniques and materials, respecting the look and the style of a traditional Vintage or Classic Yacht.
The Metric Classes
These yachts were designed uniquely to race. Created in 1906 in London, this rating rule was the origin of 10 different classes from 5 to 24 “Metre”. Their class name in meters does not actually represent the length of the boat, which is based on a complicated mathematical equation. In actual fact, a 12 Metre, for example, is over 20 metres length on deck.
Selected for eleven editions (1958 to 1987), as the official class of the America’s Cup, the 12 Metres will challenge each other in spectacular Match Racing duels in front of the walls of the old town of Antibes. Match racing is one of the Voiles d’Antibes Juan-Les-Pin’s most exciting characteristics.
Yachts registered for the Les Voiles d’Antibes 2010
Category Big Boats
MARISKA 1908 William Fife III 23 m 40 15 MJI
MOONBEAM IV 1914 William Fife 30 m Côtre
CAMBRIA 1928 William Fife 35 m Côtre
MOONBEAM III 1903 William Fife III 24 m 70 Côtre
Category Classic Marconi
BRYNHILDE 1958 Fred Parker 10 m Sloop
DAMBUSTER 1962 Souter & Sons Ltd 11.61 m Sloop
MARIA GIOVANNA II 1969 Olin Stephens 10 m 82 Sloop
ROI D’YS 1965 Frans Maas 10 m 85 Sloop
CHAPLIN 1974 Sciarrelli 16 m 75 Sloop
ASTARTE II 1970 Sciarrelli 11 m 27 Sloop
OUTLAW 1963 Illingworth & Primrose 14 m 86 Côtre
WHITE DOLPHIN 1967 V. Beltrami 20 m 20 Ketch
STAR SAPPHIRE 1957 Jack Laurent – Giles 22 m 50 Côtre
CRAZY LIFE 1968 Olin Stephens 11 m 30 Sloop
Category Vintage Gaff
LULU 1897 Rabot 12 m Côtre
WAYWARD 1908 Shepherd 17 m Côtre
TIGRIS 1899 Alfred Mylne 15 m 80 Côtre
MARIGOLD 1892 Charles Nicholson 18 m Côtre
BONA FIDE 1899 Sibbick 13 m 62 Côtre
Category Vintage Marconi
IRINA VII 1934 Alfred Mylne 16 m 80 Ketch
HELEN 1936 Alfred Mylne 14 m 33 Sloop 8 MJI
ADRIA 1934 Arthur Tiller 23 m 50 Ketch
FRANCE 1937 Camatte 13 m 70 Sloop 8 MJI
EILIDH 1931 Alfred Mylne 17 m 75 Côtre
ELSINORE 1930 Torre Holm 15 m 35 Sloop 8 MJI
ROWDY 1916 Nathaniel Herreshoff 19m 80 Sloop
OISEAU DE FEU 1937 Camper & Nicholson 20 m 64 Côtre
HALLOWEEN 1926 William Fife III 21 m 75 Sloop
WHITE WINGS 1938 John Alden 15 m 24 Sloop
AMADOUR 1938 15 m 90 Côtre
IONA 1899 William Fife 11 m 89 Côtre
THE BLUE PETER 1930 Alfred Mylne 19m65 Côtre
SOLITARNOSC 1945 Reiners Knudt 11 m 09 Sloop 6 MJI
SOLWAY MAID 1940 William Fife Epoque 16 m Sloop
Category Spirit of Tradition
FAÏAOAHE 2006 Ribadeau – Dumas 20 m Côtre
ILHABELA II 2005 Sean Mc Millan 14 m 15 Sloop
NAZGUL OF FORDELL 2008 Sean Mc Millan 23 m 60 Sloop
BLUE OF METHYLENE 1968 Dick Carter 11 m 25 Sloop
SOUTH AUSTRALIA 1985 Ben Lexcen 20 m 15 Sloop 12 MJI
FRENCH KISS 1985 Philippe Briand 20 m Sloop 12 MJI
KOOKABURRA III 1987 Swarbrick / Murray 20 m 52 Sloop
Whether you are interested in chartering a modern motor yacht or a classic sailing yacht in Antibes in June to view the event or if are you are interested in participating in the race itself contact CharterWorld for further information.