Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez Day 3. A kind of magic.
Wind, sun and the most beautiful classic and modern boats compete in the bay of Saint Tropez.
Defying the most pessimistic forecasts and benefiting from a slightly delayed start to procedures, the third day of racing provided the perfect combination of Monday’s windy conditions and yesterday’s light airs, with an average SW wind of around ten knots that started in the afternoon.
This year, the BMW Trophy will be awarded to the best highly sporty IRCCs. Among them is the cream of 40 to 50 foot racing cruisers, designed by some of the greats of contemporary naval architecture, such as Briand, Frers, Kouyoumdjian and Vrolijk, and built by some of the most excellent shipyards of the day, like Persico, Mylius and CNB. Equipped for regattas and competitions, they feature some of the most advanced equipment in ocean racing, along with the most sophisticated sail suits.
Vadim Yakimenko (Freccia Rossa – red arrow) and Stéphane Névé (Spirit of Malouen) are vying for a position in the 52-foot group, which includes the TP52s. Monday’s winner, Stéphane Névé, had to give in to Vrolijk’s Italian design supremacy and 2016 ORC world champion.
Club Cup 55
Among the spoils of famous sports trophies contested during Les Voiles, the Club 55 Cup has a very special place.
Since its reactivation, the 55 Club Cup has had 9 winners. For this 2020 edition it is all about returning to its beginnings, as the 55 Club Cup will see the Ikra 12mR challenge the JP54 The Kid, a modern ship dating from 2010.