Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez finishes at the weekend with the most exciting day of racing
Saturday was the last, and most exciting, day of racing in the 2009 edition of Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez. Navigators had a tough time as the winds were incredibly shifty and the water choppy, leading to lots of action both inside and outside the Gulf once the classics had started and all the spectator boats were on the race course.
The wind picked up remarkably outside the Gulf on the Classic Course and stayed steady, although unpredictable in direction. The small classic divisions had their start just after 13.00 while the Big Classics started around 13.45.
For the past four years there has been a special trophy given to the Classic Yacht over 16-metres that accumulated the fewest points over the week of races. This year the winner was once again Graham Walker and his Marconi Rowdy (pictured), who finished the week at the top of her class. “Thank you very much, it really is a great honor to be here, and to have won this one,” Walker said, upon receiving his trophy. “We put a lot of effort into, it was very much a team effort and my entire team should be up here with me. It’s really wonderful and very much valued, thank you everyone.”
Top ten for the Rolex Trophy:
1. Rowdy (Sloop Bermud), Graham Walker, 6.00 points
2. Tuiga (15mji Auriqu), Yacht Club Monaco, Bernard Dall, 9.00
3. Oiseau De Feu (Cotre Bermud), Jean Philippe L’huillier , 9.00
4. The Blue Peter (Cotre Bermud), Michael Aalders, 13.00
5. Mariska (15mji), Christian Niels, 15.00
6. Nan Of Fife (Cotre Auriqu), Philippe Menhinick, 16.00
7. Avel (Gaff Rigged ), Chris Austin, 19.00
8. Thendara (Ketch Auriqu), Markus Schweiger, 23.00
9. Moonbeam Of Fife (Cotre Auriqu), Erwan Noblet, 25.00
10. Emilia, Marco Gastaldi, 27.00
Full all results, visit www.societe-nautique-saint-tropez.fr .