September might signal the end of the summer sailing season in the Mediterranean, but it is a prime time for yacht shows and regattas. This autumn, spectators and sailing enthusiasts will be treated to two consecutive sailing events on the Riviera, starting on 22nd September with Cannes Royal Regattas. This prestigious event ends on 29th September, the very same day that the spectacular Les Voiles de St Tropez begins 86 kilometres down the Cote d’Azur coast. What better way of travelling between these events than a helicopter transfer from Saint-Tropez to Cannes and back with Skycam?
The Régates Royales is a world-famous sailing event that has been an important fixture on the racing calendar since it first started in 1929. Originally held as a tribute to King Christian X of Denmark, today it is famous as the last event of the Trophée Panerai and the final rendezvous of the Classic Mediterranean circuit. Classic and vintage yachts take to high seas to demonstrate their sailing prowess in the Bay of Cannes close to the Îles de Lérins.
This year marks the 40th anniversary since the regattas resumed in 1978 after a hiatus in the 1960s. It is set to be a particularly special event with more than 200 classic boats and around 70 Dragon-class yachts. The meet will take place in the last week of September (22nd-29th) and will involve a host of vintage yachts, some of them over a century old. The vessels are admired for the beauty of their designs and will be manned by approximately fifty crews.
Once the Royal Regatta ends in Cannes, many of the same yachts head down the coast to participate in Les Voiles de St Tropez. You too can continue with the sailing fun by taking a helicopter transfer to Saint Tropez from Cannes. It’s just a 15-minute flight and the view of all the yachts making their way down the coast or anchored in the harbour patiently waiting for their competitors to arrive is a breathtaking sight from above. Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez begins on 29th September and provides nine days of magical sailing in the Gulf of St Tropez.
The 20th edition of the regatta will see approximately 4,000 sailors compete in an array of classic and modern yachts across approximately 900 nautical miles. Spectators will watch the majestic spectacle of 330 of the finest classic and modern sailing yachts compete against a beautiful backdrop and among an atmosphere of camaraderie. In fact, it is just as much a social occasion as it is a sailing event.
Les Voiles de St Tropez is the only big regatta where you can see modern vessels racing at the same event as classic yachts. The ultra-modern, high-tech Wallys always gain a lot of attention as do the Maxi class of 24 metres which are an impressive sight battling it out for the trophy. If you can’t reach the water, you can get good views from the road and hills surrounding the pretty village of St Tropez.
The great thing about the meet is that the weather is usually warm enough to spend some lazy days at the beach between exciting races. The nightlife and alfresco dining scene of St Tropez are also appealing, and the bars are bursting with crews, spectators, locals and holidaymakers at night. Even if you aren’t interested in the races, the magnificent yachts certainly make for some fantastic photo opportunities.
If you are interested in reserving your helicopter transfer between Saint-Tropez and Cannes and these magnificent events, please contact us.
Image credit: Les Voiles de St Tropez