Sailing: Upcoming yacht shows and regattas in the south of France and Monaco

With Les Voiles d’Antibes in full swing, here are all the important sailing dates that should be in your diary for the 2024 summer season. 

From yacht shows to regattas and races across the Mediterranean Sea, there’s a lot coming up on the sailing calendar over the next few months in the south of France and Monaco.

First up is Les Voiles d’Antibes, which began on 29th May and will run until 2nd June.

Since 1996, Les Voiles d’Antibes has been recognised as the season starter for traditional yachting events on the Mediterranean circuit. The event programme features an array of regattas and races off the coast of Antibes and Juan-les-Pins, and is a perennial favourite with the locals, thanks in part to its diverse range of side events, which include a variety of exhibitions, concerts and conferences on topics pertaining to the sea and the environment. For more information, click here.

Much of the action at Les Voiles d’Antibes can be enjoyed from the ramparts of the maritime city. Photo credit: Marie-Noelle Archambault

At the end of June, a very special regatta called Les Voiles de l’Espoir, which only happens once every two years, will be held on the Riviera.  

Its mission is to involve children in remission from cancer and leukaemia in the sport, with professional crew on hand to take the youngsters out on the waves.  

The 2024 edition will be taking place between 15th and 22nd June, with a stop-off in Monaco planned for 19th June. To read more about the event, click here.

Come high summer, the Palermo-Monte Carlo regatta will be departing the Gulf of Mondello for the Principality via Porto Cervo on 20th August, with a winner’s ceremony lined up in Monaco for 25th August. Registrations are still open so to find out how to take part, as well as for further information, click here.

The start of the 2023 edition of the Palermo-Monte-Carlo regatta
Yachts assemble at the start of the 2023 edition of the Palermo-Monte-Carlo regatta. Photo credit: YCM

Later in the calendar, the 46th Cannes Royal Regattas will be held from 23rd to 28th September. The Royal Regatta has become one of the world’s top annual classic sailing events, renowned for its professional participants and diverse range of categories. Sailors worldwide, from novices to skilled sportsmen, dream of attending or participating.

Further along the coast, the annual Les Voiles de Saint Tropez will be taking place from 28th September to 6th October. First organised in 1999 by the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez, Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez brings together classic boats, some over a century old, and ultra-modern yachts. Around 250 vessels are expected at this year’s event.

Yacht shows 

Two major yacht shows will be held in the Riviera this autumn.  

The first is the Cannes Yacht Show, from 10th to 15th September, which features up to 700 yachts. For more information, click here.

Of course, the Monaco Yacht Show cannot go without a mention. This annual event in Port Hercule is scheduled for 25th to 28th September. MYS has established itself as one of the biggest industry showcases of innovation and luxury craft in the world, and attracts significant international attention. For more information, click here.

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