Since 1996 Les Voiles d’Antibes is organized every year around the first week of June. This marks the opening of the Mediterranean circuit for the Yachts de Tradition and the Metric Classes as well as the first stage of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge.
Les Voiles d’Antibes – Panerai Trophy each year welcomes a selection of the most beautiful Yachts d’Epoque (built before 1950), Classic Yachts (built before 1976) and Yachts Esprit de Tradition and Classes Metric (6 MJI, 8MJI and the 12 MJI competitors of the America’s Cup from 1958 to 1987), which have shaped the great history of international Yachting since the end of the 19th century.
For most participants, this prestigious gathering is the first major event of the Mediterranean season. Spring is usually in full bloom, the boats are at their ports on the Mediterranean. In preparation for the race, some yachts have undergone renovations and upgrades to optimize their performance. Each year, between five and fifteen new boats, appear at the race.
Appreciated for the quality of its regattas (Match-Race for the metric classes and coastal races, along the 23 km of coastline between the bays of Antibes and Juan-les-Pins for other classes) and for the great conviviality that Reigning brings, Les Voiles d’Antibes – Panerai Trophy is undoubtedly one of the main events of the Mediterranean circuit.
However, Les Voiles d’Antibes – Panerai Trophy, is also one of the purest tradition of Yachting, 5 days of animations and conviviality of return to the quay. The reception on shore is certainly the warmest of the circuit. Organized around a village designed on the theme of celebration and conviviality. Antibes, famous all over the world for its Jazz festival, had to associate music with sailing.