Sailing: Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez gets underway

2014 edition of Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez

The 25th edition of Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez got underway on Friday, with a packed schedule between now and Sunday 8th October.

The boats are gradually trickling through into Saint-Tropez, and whilst the Maxi Yachts will have the gulf to themselves on Sunday, together with a race start off Portalet, by Monday, there will be 250 Modern or Classic sailboats present at the event.

Each day, the Classic yachts will begin proceedings at 11:00, with the Modern yachts taking to the water at 12:30. From Tuesday onwards, the Maxi Yachts, a type of racing yacht at least 70ft in length, will then compete in the waters off Pampelonne.

With the competitions getting underway on Sunday, the teams registered practice laps on Friday, but the Village des Voiles is already open with entertainment being provided in the evenings. The charming Var town is already being transformed by the international sailing event, with great entertainment in store over the course of the coming week.

Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez full schedule

Saturday 30th September – Maxi registration (over 18.28m) and Classic and Modern yachts measuring up to 18.28 metres.

Sunday 1st October regattas for the Maxis, registration of the Classic and Modern yachts measuring up to 18.28 metres.

Monday 2nd October – regattas for the Maxis and the Modern yachts.

Tuesday 3rd October – regattas for the whole fleet.

Wednesday 4th October – regattas for the Modern and Classic yachts Day Off for the Maxis and Club 55 Maxi Cup.

Thursday 5th October – Challenge Day and Club 55 Cup for the Modern and Classic yachts, regattas for the Maxis.

Friday 6th October – regattas for the whole fleet, Prize-giving for the Maxis.

Saturday 7th October – regattas for the Modern and Classic yachts.

Sunday 8th October – Prize-giving for the Modern and Classic yachts.


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MYS: The Honours yachting awards champion three inspiring individuals

The inspiring personal achievements of three standout individuals in the yachting industry have been celebrated at the inaugural The Honours event. Here are the stories behind the people who picked up a Bowspirit Award. 

The inaugural edition of The Honours was held at the Hauser & Wirth Gallery in Place du Casino on 26th September. The awards, aptly called the Bowspirit Awards, were created to highlight the work of important and influential members of the yachting community and to shine a light on their aspirational efforts to improve the industry, from philanthropic ventures to innovation. 

From conservation projects to coordinating disaster relief and establishing equality within a male-dominated sector, each of the three winners of the first-ever Bowspirit Awards at The Honours, an event co-organised by the Monaco Yacht Show and the Superyacht Life Foundation, have all made a strong impact on the yachting industry and they were invited by host Mariasole Bianco, an environmental and ocean conservation advocate, to share their stories on the night with an audience of esteemed guests that included superyacht owners and industry VIPs. 


The laureates were chosen from a pool of more than 360 nominees by expert judges who looked for those who “epitomise the heart and soul of the superyachting sector” 

The first award was given to American philanthropist, superyacht owner and competitive sailor Wendy Schmidt. Through her Schmidt Family Foundation, Schmidt Ocean Institute and other not-for profits, she has been instrumental in advancing ocean science and research via the free use of the Falkor (too), a top-of-the-line research vessel that is at the disposal of scientists worldwide free of charge. In exchange, the researchers must agree to make their findings public. 

Schmidt also co-founded 11th Hour Racing to raise awareness of ocean health and solutions for sustainability in the sailing and maritime industry. 

Next up was professional yacht crew Jenny Matthews, who decided at the age of 18 to ditch university and become a superyacht captain; a bold choice in an extremely male-dominated career. She diligently made her way up the ladder, eventually being recognised by being granted an Officer of the Watch certification, something few women at the time had achieved.  

This led her to create ‘She and the Sea’ on social media as a way for other women in the industry to share information, network and inspire the next generation. 

Finally it was the turn of Croatian captain Zoran Selakovic, who heard the call of the sea from an early age. He went on to cruise the world and build a significant career in the industry.  

When tragedy struck in the form of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean, he saw friends lose everything and decided he could do something to help. He met with the founder of YachtAid Global, Mark Drewelow, and stepped in to coordinate help through the charity, which received offers from more than 100 superyachts to assist in relief efforts within two weeks. 

He soon became YachtAid Global’s director and has been involved in disaster relief since. Other projects he has assisted with include building the first public library in the Galapagos and helping provide clean drinking water in rural parts of Mexico, as well as coordinating Operation Swimway, which aims to add the migratory routes of pelagic fish to ocean conservation areas.  


“The evening was a wonderful expression of the good that exists in the superyacht good life, that highlighting there is so much more to this industry, its owners and crew than meets the eye,” said Dilan Saraç, Executive Director of Superyacht Life Foundation. “Our three inaugural honourees are all well deserving of the award, and they have set a high bar for future nominations, which we have no doubt the industry will meet because of the breadth of talent and heart that lies within all facets of the superyachting industry and lifestyle.” 

Click on the images below to see each of the winners of a Bowspirit Award:


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