Press Release 2011

Regates Royales Cannes 2011Au revoir Cannes, see you next year!

The Régates Royales last and decisive event of the 2011 Panerai Trophy ended today in Cannes. Due to the extremely light easterly wind on the bay of La Napoule organizers had no choice but to abandon racing and the eye-catching traditional yachts had their final “red carpet” coming back to the old port. Nan, Moonbeam IV, Arcadia, Léonore and Shamrock V win in their respective classes.

The “autumn festival” came to an end today with no wind and no racing. After exceptional weather conditions on the first two days, with the 68 classic yachts battling in a south-westerly wind topping 20 knots, lighter airs on the following days, the wind gods were not on the sailors’ side for the shutdown of the Régates Royales. Still, the 33rd edition of event with its stunning scenario, the excellent organization by Yacht Club de Cannes, world famous sailors coming from all over the world, was a huge success.

After four races it was the fore and aft cutter Nan of Fife to get on the first step of the podium f the classic gaffers, second place went to Italy’s Bona Fide the Charles Sibbick’s design that won the last two races in real time and bronze to ever consistent Avel tied at points.
In the Big Boat division, Moonbeam IV, Moonbeam III and Mariquita were also tied at points but, thanks to a win in the last race Moonbeam IV, the youngest of the Fife’s designs, was crowned 2011 champion. Mariska and Cambria follow, distanced by a mere two points. The biggest yacht competing at the Régates Royales de Cannes, Elena the 55 metre long fore and aft gaff schooner designed by Nathanaël Herreshoff finished seventh.
Among the nine Classics it was Arcadia, dating back to 1968 to score two wins that place her on the highest step of the podium followed closely by Sagittarius (Sparkman & Stephens 1971), White Dolphin (Beltrami 1967) and Stella Polare, the ketch representing the Italian Navy
Nothing and none seem able to stop Graham Walker’s Flying Forty Rowdy. Once more the British flagged boat is the winner in Cannes in the Classic Marconi class of more than 15 metres, the most crowded division with seventeen competitors. Light wind or strong breeze, the 1916 Nathanaël Herreshoff ‘s one-design won three races out of four. Only The Blue Peter could have opposed to this supremacy, but the 1930 Alfred Mylne’s designed boat had to do with a second place whilst  L’Oiseau de Feu, the 1937 Camper & Nicholson finished third.
Léonore’s score in Cannes was impressive, the John Anker’s design simply won all the four races in the Classic Marconi of less than 15 metres division triumphing over the 1937 Nicholas Potter designed Cholita and Anne-Sophie. Among the Spirit of Tradition, the newly arrived Lionheart, the gigantic J Class could not manage to beat Shamrock V. Despite two victories the yacht designed by Burgess and Stephens in 1937 and launched last year, was undoubtedly faster on the water when the wind was over ten knots but could not keep Shamrock V’s pace in lighter wind. The third place, in the 14 boats strong class, went to the “little” Jessie the Tofinou designed by Joubert-Nivelt in 2005.

Limited edition

Victory, Helen and Mariska have been nominated for the Prize Yacht de Tradition of the Year  (PYTA) organized by French newspaper Les Echos. The three yachts that have been selected among those in Cannes by a special Jury that will announce the name of the winner at the end of November in Paris are
Victory a working boat that debuted to the Régates Royales in Cannes this year, Helen an Alfred Mylne’s design dating back to 1936 and Mariska designed by Fife in 1908. Prize organizer Benoît Godeau from Les Echos - Série Limitée, sponsor of PYTA declared: “The aim of the PYTA is to acknowledge the French and worlds maritime heritage of boats participating to events on the Atlantic Coast (2) and in the Med (4). The regattas’ organizers choose their local jury who select a boat in each of three categories (less than 12m, from 12m to 18m, more than 18m). Later in the year, in November, a grand jury meets in Paris at the Yacht Club de France to designate the Traditional Yacht of the Year for each category and the overall winner. The restoration is judged according to criteria such as the most accurate to the original design, the materials used, the respect of the yachting etiquette, etc. The different race organizers support the eighteen yachts selected. The third PYTA award will be presented during next edition of the Paris Boat Show. Starting from this year the Musée de la Marine (the French National Maritime Museum) is also promoting the award that was previously presented to Moonbeam IV (in 2009) and Bona Fide (in 2010). French fashion brand Vicomta has also created a special blazer that goes from winner to winner, same as it happens at golf master series.”

Race to St-Tropez

As an end for the 2011edition of the Régates Royales and a start to the Voiles, the Yacht Club de France organize a race between Cannes and Saint-Tropez that will start on Sunday at 11:00. Mrs Yvette Fouga, representing the Mayor of Cannes and Mr Jean-Pierre Tuveri, Mayor of Saint-Tropez, will be at the village to celebrate the event. Most of the yachts taking part to the Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai will be on the start line of the coastal race, some twenty miles long.

Press Release 2010

Regates Royales Cannes 2011Special edition!

The weather conditions were particularly good for the 120 plus yachts taking part to the final act of 32nd edition of the Régates Royales-Trophée Panerai in the stunning Bay of Cannes, on the French Riviera.  Russian Anatoly Loginov was confirmed once more as undisputed winner in the very competitive Dragon class, whilst the victory among the traditional and classic yachts was much more fought for.

The Régates Royales daily could certainly headline: “Thank you Cannes, thank you Aeolus”. As, bar for the opening day, wind never failed to appear, at times light and shifty, but always enough to have fair and fun racing for the oldest and most charming yachts in the Med. No doubt that sometimes the printing machines were a bit slow to start, as it happened on Friday when a rainstorm hit the fleet leaving a very light breeze. But, for the closing day, the crews were all ready to hit the front page. Reading the features on the water could be hard at times, the wind appearing and disappearing like Egyptian signs… Anglo-saxon media have a special gift for making scoop but this time it was not hard to predict the superiority of British yachting…

The Russians rule!

It was clear from the beginning that the Dragons reigning champion was not keen to leave his throne so easily, showing to be in top form to win the Régates Royales in 2010 too. Anatoly Loginov on Annapurna, did not fail to confirm his reputation of never giving up. Apart from a not so brilliant performance on the third day, the Russian crew never finished worse than eight. With this level of competition, their consistency and tactical ability is exceptional and shows the real champion’s patent. On the final day they started in a safe position, but nonetheless were in full control along all the race and finished in fifth, while the fight for the other steps of the podium was furious. Briton Ivan Bradbury on Blue Haze won the last race and confirmed is second position overall, whilst his countryman and internationally renowned skipper Lawrie Smith on Alfie, despite a disqualification for being over the line with a black flag, managed not to step down the podium.
To bew noted also the very positive final rush from the local crew from hosting Yacht Club de Cannes Tamm Ha Tamm skippered by Christian Boillot who close in fourth overall. 

The Grand Slam…

The final coastal race for the Classic yachts was set in the area off La Napoule. They profited from a light south-westerly breeze, never stronger than eight knots, and very flat sea. As it happened last year Rowdy, flying the Union Flag, did not leave much chance to her competitors. The 1916 Nathanaël Herresoff designed Fighting Forty got a clear score, four wins out of four races. Her owner Graham Walker is pretty new to classic yachting but he certainly does not lack experience, having won several RORC races back in the Nineties with his successful Indulgence. Silver went to Michael Sparks’ White Wings, another British yacht, and bronze to French crew on Blaise Bernos’ Oiseau de Feu. 
A similar domination was showed by Jamet Hudleston’s Speedbird in the Spirit of Tradition division, that won all of the four races, while her sistership Pitch owned by Patrice Riboud had a harder time to fend off Nicolas Ryan’s Shamrock attacks. In the Classic Marconi class the last day promised to be hot with Brad Swain’s Leonore, Hanns Georg Klein’s Anne Sophie and Marilinda Nottis’ Cholita fighting for victory with a mere point difference. In an extremely flimsy breeze, they crossed the finish line in this exact order, confirming the rankings and the podium.
No less fierce was the battle among the Gaffers as the final ranking was not sure until the very last metres to the finish line. Despite a fourth, Olive Pelham’s Kelpie, a Mylne designed Solent One Design dating back to 1903, beat Italian Giuseppe Giordano’s Bona Fide and Jean-Pierre Lostis’ Oriole, the beautiful Herresoff built in 1905.
In the bigger Classic Marconi class Florence Urrutti’s Sagittarius scored an impressive  3, 1,1,1 to defeat Spanish owned Guia, while in the smaller division it was the crew representing the Italian Navy onboard Chaplin skippered by Bruno Puzone has finished with only one  point lead on Fabrice Payen’s White Dolphin and Vittorio Cavazzana’s Emeraude. And, finally, among the stunning Big Boats series, undoubtedly the most admired yachts in Cannes today with their huge sails speeding downwind in a breeze not stronger than eight knots, it was the 15M Laurence Mariska to win over Moonbeam of Fife and the other 15M Jim Thom’s Mariquita.

Hall of Fame

Sailing on Mariska, the 15 metres class built in La Ciotat and launched last year at the Régates Royales , there was a certain Mr Tom Schnackenberg calling tactics... The kiwi sailor is a real myth in the America’s Cup and in yachting in general. In 1983 while Australia II was leading on Dennis Conner's Stars and Stripes, the nuclear physics engineer designed the first crosscut Kevlar sails, a real technological leap that led to an intense development in sail design software. Tom Schwinning it twice with Peter Blake and Black Magic.

Rum in Cannes

Among all the sailing celebrities who were spotted in Cannes this year there was also famous solo sailor Philippe Monnet, one of the first competitors to sail on the 8M Cœur Vaillant in the newly relaunched 1978 edition of the Régates, which was also the year the first Route du Rhum. Monnet is now undertaking a new challenge: be on the starting line of this year’s race on Ellen MacArthur’s ex Kingfisher

Women on board

This year’s amateur photographic contest title was “The Royal Dames”. The public, who cast their votes, decided that it was local Jean Cresp to win for his picture showing a female sailor on Eilidh…

See you next year

The 32nd edition proved once more to be a huge success as confirmed by Jean-Paul Ortelli Jean-Claude Montesino, Technical director and President of the Yacht Club de Cannes, who declared to be very satisfied with this years’ edition and invited all participants to be present again in 2011 for the 33rd Régates Royales.