Since 1996, Les Voiles d’Antibes has been held every year around the first week of June in the beautiful city of Antibes, on the French Riviera.
This event marks the opening of the Mediterranean Circuit dedicated to “Yachts de Tradition” and “Classes Métriques” as well as the first stage of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, a showcase of boats that have marked the great history of international yachting from the late 19th century till today.
Every year the veterans of this event come back with enthusiasm with their well-known boats, fresh from renovation and performance optimization: Ikra, Sovereign, Thendara Lelantina, Outlaw, Adria, Cambria, Tuiga, and it is next to these big names between five and fifteen new boats are added at every edition.
Appreciated for the quality of its races (Match Race for “Classes Métriques” and coastal routes along the 23 km of coast of Antibes and Juan-les-Pins for the other classes), Les Voiles d’Antibes – Trophée Panerai, is the most exclusive event of this circuit, both for the richness of the program and for the categories involved:
- “Vintage” Yachts: Yachts made of wood or metal, before December 31st, 1949, that respect the spirit of their original designs.
- “Classics” Yachts: Yachts made of wood or metal, before December 31st, 1975
- “Spirit of Tradition”: Yachts built in 1970s with modern techniques and materials, but with a look and style that is faithful to the traditional and classic design.
- Classes Métriques “Universal Rule”: the “Universal Rule”, defined by Nathanael Herreshoff in 1903, was used to classify the great regatta yachts made between 1930 and 1937. Reserved for an extremely wealthy and passionate elite, these sailing ships, luxury and sporting symbols, were used to compete in the three races of the America’s Cups disputed in 1930, 1934 and 1937.
In Antibes, competitors of the 1958-1987 “Coppa America” (6 MJI, 8mJI and MJI 12) of the 12-metre class, will face off in spectacular duels (Match Race) in front of the old city walls.
Antibes and The Event
The city of Antibes, famous for its well-known Jazz Festival, becomes animated with 5 days of events combining music with sailing.
Every day from 9 am to 6 pm, there are exhibitions and events on the theme of the sea and the environment, as well as cocktails, concerts, fashion shows and many other surprises in the Village des Voiles Port Vauban, the first European marina.
The food court inside the harbour is transformed into a place where all international crews comment on their manoeuvers, and share them with the people, creating moments of intense nautical culture.
Around the harbour you will find the 1500 m² “Village” with twenty exhibitors (yacht builders, yacht clubs, photographers, and more) that allows visitors to get to know the new trends and technology in the Nautical Industry.
But the “Village des Voiles d’Antibes” is most of all a meeting and exchange point for all enthusiasts and lovers of the sea.
The aim of this event is undoubtedly the promotion and protection of the international maritime heritage that these units, built between the second half of the 19th and the late 20th century, represent.
As a result of the know-how and passion of their builders, owners, architects, artisans, masters and crews, these boats still manage to cross the boundaries of time to convey the secret of their beauty in the present days.