Over 60 yachts took part in the seventh Les Voiles d'Antibes from 5-9 June
Due to a record participation by yachts and temperamental weather conditions (specially for the first day Thursday, 6 June), the seventh annual meeting of Les Voiles d’Antibes (sponsored by the W Class Racing Yachts and The Royal Bank of Scotland as well as by local institutions) has crowned the event as the youngest and most dynamic regatta for Vintage yachts, Classic yachts, 12, 8 and 6 Metres International and Modern yachts in the Med.
Over 60 vessels, divided into 10 classes: Classic 1 (C1), Classic 2 (C2), Vintage Gaff Rig 1 (EA1), Vintage Gaff Rig 2 (EA2), Vintage Marconi (EM), Modern (M), Spirit of Tradition (S), 12 Metre International (12MJI), 8 Metre International (8 MJI) et 6 Metre International (6MJI).
On coastal courses crossing the Bay of Antibes and Villeneuve-Loubet (Thursday and Friday) and the Bay of Juan les Pins (Saturday and Sunday) these majestic old ladies (the oldest Lulu built in 1897, the youngest Fleur de Lys 8 Metre JI built in 2002, the biggest Blue Leopard 34 metre Ketch, the smallest Araxa measuring 8 metre 50 built in 1959) competed during four days of coastal regatta, while the metric classes enjoyed competitive match racing which was undoubtedly one of the best so far.
Participation this year by new entries such as Radha (1966 Yawl), Iona (Fife design of 1899), Tigris (1899), Marilee (1926), The Lady Anne (15 MJI of William Fife, Sistership of the 15 MJI of the Yacht Club of Monaco Tuiga), enhanced the spectacular beauty evoked from the regular participants, elegant as always and ever true to maintaining their authenticity. The success of the regatta could not be fulfilled without them.
This year, the public turnout was enormous and both the walled surroundings of the old town of Antibes and the Tabarly Quai in Port Vauban were packed daily as spectators bustled to get the best view of the start and finishing lines. Awed by the sight before them, these floating legends are well impregnated in the memories of all who gazed upon them.
As none of the boats were able to establish decisive victory in the first three races, competition was tough and the scoreboard showed a tight margin right up to the last race on Sunday 9 June. Overall winners of their respective classes are as follows: Sagitarius in C1, Crazy Life in C2, Havsornen in EM, Marilee in EA 1, Tigris in EA 2, Wild Horses in S, Inspiration in M, Sovereign in 12 MJI, Fleur de Lys in 8 MJI and Dix Aout in 6 MJI.
The Royal Fife Trophy sponsored by The Royal Bank of Scotland
MOONBEAM OF FIFE
The Elegance Trophy sponsored by Camper & Nicholsons
Happening Trophy sponsored by Claude Urbani
MOONBEAM OF FIFE
Gourmand Trophy sponsored by Froggy Gourmet
Latino Sword sponsored by Le Latino
Maxi Trophy sponsored by ECM
LA BOOMERANG III
Mister Clean Trophy sponsored by Gremco
Feminine Trophy sponsored by Laurent Perrier
The Classic spirit Trophy sponsored by Dryade
Trophy of the Yacht Club of Antibes