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Les Voiles de St Tropez

Voiles de St Tropez

The yearly Voiles de St Tropez regattas have begun!

Traditional wooden yachts will glide along the bay of St Tropez, such as the schooner Elena of London, designed in 1910 by American naval architect Nathanael Herreshoff and winner of the Trans-Altantic race in 1928.
Elena of London
In the traditional category, the Voiles de Saint-Tropez will also welcome the classic schooner Atlantic, the 1916 Herreshoff sloop Rowdy, Fife Moonbeam IV and many more. The Voiles are a showcase of classic yachts designed by masters of the golden age of refined naval architecture. It's a memorable treat for the eyes!

Modern technological marvels will not be left behind at the Voiles de St Tropez. 
One of the latest creation among the megayachts to participate in the Voiles is Nomad IV, designed by Finot-Cong with hull and structure made up of carbon fibre and Nomex for top sailing performance. It launched its racing career in the summer 2013, and is expected to be one of the fatest 100-ft cruisers in the world.
As always, the regatta promises to be a treat for all visitors.

Useful Tips

  • Be sure to get there early on racing days to avoid traffic and/or parking issues.
  • Bring your camera and binoculars. Views from the port and besides the Portalet tower are great.
  • If you'd like to follow the race from the top of the citadel and all along the coastal pathway, consider wearing comfortable walking shoes and bring a hat and drinking water.
Sailing St Tropez

Program for the 15th Edition of the Voiles de St Tropez (2013):
  • Saturday, September 28, 2013:
    Welcome to all, with some evening festivities along the port.
  • Sunday, September 29, 2013
    Welcome to all contestants.
  • Monday, September 30, 2013
    Coastal sail for modern yachts begins at 11AM
  • Tuesday, October 1, 2013
    Coastal sail for traditional yachts begins at 11AM (Rolex Cup)
  • Wednesday, October 2, 2013
    Coastal sail for both traditional & modern yachts begins at 11AM (Rolex Cup)
  • Friday, October 4, 2013
    Coastal sail for both traditional & modern yachts begins at 11AM (Rolex Cup)
  • Saturday, October 5, 2013
    Coastal sail for both traditional(Rolex Cup) & modern yachts begins at 11AM.
    Closing Evening  

Elena of London Sails

Hiking Week 2013: Along the St Tropez Coast St Tropez - Baie des Canebiers
Every year, the Var department on the French Riviera organizes a week of accompanied regional hikes. For 2013, this "Semaine de la Randonnée Pedestre" runs from September 28 to October 6.

The chosen hikes are some of the best scenic walks in the region. What's more, they're accompanied by a (French-speaking) guide so you need not worry about getting lost.

Getting lost may not concern you much if you're strolling along the coastal pathways, but can be an issue in the Estérel Mountains or in the Maures Mountains behind St Tropez. St Tropez Port

So what's on in St Tropez for the 2013 "Hiking Week"?

Here's your chance to try the famous Saint-Tropez coastal hike accompanied by a guide: 

This coastal hikes meanders up and down the coastal path from the Bay des Canebiers (see pic above) for 8 kilometers. Come prepared with sturdy walking shoes and count on a 3.5 hour-hike.
When? This hike takes place on Saturday, September 28 2013. Leaves from the Canebiers Bay (by the sailing club) at 8:30AM sharp.

Reservations are required for this hike, as for all of the accompanied hikes. Call or email the Tourism Board by September 27: 0892 68 48 28  or email:

Other planned accompanied hikes for this week?

Some 140 hikes are planned all across the Var during that special week. Here's just a few of our favorites:

The Gorges du Blavet by Bagnols en Foret, though a bit more arduous than the St Tropez hike (6 hours, 15 kms) - on Fri, Oct 4, 2013; Reservations required: 04 94 08 99 78

Le Mont Vinaigre in the Estérel Mountains. Beautiful but views need to be earned by a fair climb (4 hours, 13 kms) - on Sat, Sep 28, 2013. Reservations required: 04 94 40 93 57

Vlllecroze on the Voie Romaine (2 hours, 6 kms) - on Wed, Oct 2, 2013. Reservations required: 04 94 67 50 00 

The Mont Faron in Toulon (4 hours, 13kms) - on Sun, Oct 6, 2013 starting at 7:30AM. Early Reservations r

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