The 37th edition of Regates Royales – Trophée Panerai in Cannes from September 21 to 27 will bring together some eighty classic yachts and old riggings for relentless regattas.
The closing of the Trophée Panerai at Regates Royales in Cannes from September 21 to 27 will offer a unique and majestic collection of the finest last century racing yachts, from the oversized Shamrock V or Eleonora II to the prestigious Il Moro di Venezia or Helisara, alongside fifty Dragons from the whole world.
The most beautiful and biggest racing yachts from 1892 – like Marigold – to the 70s, will moor at Quai Laubeuf before competing in a friendly atmosphere on the Mediterranean’s blue carpet between the Bay of Cannes and the Gulf of La Napoule to the delight of the spectators.
The classic yachts that made the history of yachting
The Regates Royales were conceived in 1929 in honor of King Christian X of Denmark. Since 1979, they bring together the classic yachts of the Great Blue, the Metric Classes and the Dragon.
The Regates Royales settle the Old Port where spectators can admire, when docked, the beautiful classic yachts that have made the history of yachting for over a century. Some are more than a century old: Marigold, Viola, Tuiga, Tern, Eva, Moonbeam of Fife and Moonbeam IV, Nan, Tigris, Oriole, Phoebus, Bona Fide…
The nostalgic of the 70s will be happy to find the IOR prototypes that marked their time like Helisara or Naïf, Stiren or Palynodie II (Mayor of Marseille Gaston Defferre’s fetish sailboat), Oryx, but also the magic Challengers of the America’s Cup like the Australian 12 mJI Kookaburra III or Class America Italian Il Moro di Venezia.
The world’s best Dragon
This sailboat, often called “the kings’ sailboat and the king of sailboats”, will once again sent worthy representatives with forty crews. Faced with the French armada, with Marc Bouet as ambassador, the world’s best like the Russian Anatoly Loginov, the Finn Christian Borenius, the German Helmut Schimdt, the British Gavia Doganer, the Irishman Martin Byrne, will compete for prizes.
After touring all summer between Sweden, Italy, Great Britain, Netherlands, France, Germany, Denmark, the Regates Royales rendezvous is a tradition at the end of season for the Dragon in Europe. Depending on weather conditions, the regattas can take place on one side or the other of the Croisette tip and the crews will have to adapt to a highly technical body of water between the Bay of Cannes and the Golfe Juan.
Tribute to Florence Arthaud
This 37th edition of Regates Royales has a special flavor as it will honor Florence Arthaud who took part several times to this event, sharing her generosity and enthusiasm. On Thursday, September 24, she will be honored in the presence of sailor Catherine Chabaud, to remember her dazzling career, from her first solo transatlantic races in Figaro or Class40, through her historic victory at the Route du Rhum 91, her participation in the crewed round-the-world race with Alain Gabbay, her record for crossing the Atlantic and her many sailings on classic yachts or the most sophisticated prototypes.
New Trophée Élégance et Prestige
New this year: to conclude this sailing festival, the Cannes Yacht Club, one of the oldest in France, created in 1859 by Béchard, Tripet-Skrypitzone, De Colquhoum and Bucquet, will award the trophy “Élégance et Prestige”, created at the initiative of the owner of Dorado.
A jury of experts will meet at the end of the Regates Royales to honor of the most elegant yachts and crews who came out fighting in Cannes.
From Monday 21 September to Sunday, September 27, the crews will engage in five days of fierce and exciting regattas between the Esterel mountains and the Lerins Islands and will meet in the evening at the Old Harbour Village to share their feelings in a friendly around the many activities.
Regates Royales – Trophée Panerai
From September 21 to 27, 2015
Vieux Port in Cannes