Sailing: Maralpine boats sailing along the Riviera

Les Voiles Maralpines

Les Voiles Maralpines, traditional boats of the Riviera, are sailing up and down the Côte d’Azur this week, participating in various events and regattas on this famous stretch of coast. 

The Yole de Villefranche association is organising the event, which extends from Villefranche-sur-Mer all the way to Cap d’Ail and the border of the Principality of Monaco. Various regattas are currently taking place in the bays of Beaulieu and Villefranche, and will continue to do so until 3rd September.

As well as the various regattas taking place along the coast, there will also be related events in Villefranche; activities linked to marine activities, boat visits and a parade are all on the itinerary at the Port Royal de le Darse.

What are Les Voiles Maralpines? 

The name Les Voiles Maralpines is inspired by the inhabitants of the Alpes-Maritimes, and has come to represent this heritage boat event that brings together old, traditional boats from across the region. As well as highlighting and promoting the old hulls that are part of the maritime history of this part of the Mediterranean, the event also allows for the passing down of ancestral sailing traditions, such as navigation methods that have been rendered irrelevant by modernity.

Les Voiles Maralpines, therefore, is an event that keeps tradition alive and celebrates the rich maritime heritage of the Côte d’Azur.

Please click here for the full programme of events.


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Photo source: Ville de Villefranche-sur-Mer / Facebook Département des Alpes-Maritimes