Press Release issued by the International Maxi Association. 9 October 2020.
This years Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez saw Leopard win IR1 Class with all new Doyle sails. Doyle Sails Palma experts Chris Sherlock and Luke Molloy were onboard for a brilliant week of racing. More below.
Despite the wind turning light and complicated for the last two days, maxi yacht competition at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez was successfully held on three out of four days. The event that traditionally concludes the inshore maxi sailing season in the Mediterranean was lengthened to two weeks this year. The smaller yachts raced in week one leaving the maxis (yachts of 18.29+ m) to race exclusively over four days in the second.
Although announced well before the COVID-19 first struck, the new format has worked well with the pandemic with fewer boats and people milling around Saint-Tropez’s picturesque but usually packed port. It enabled the week one fleet to leave the harbour before the maxis arrived. Also, instead of racing in the more remote bay off Pampelonne Beach as they did last year, the change enabled maxi racing to take place in the prime spot of the Baie de Saint-Tropez with fixed, spectator-friendly start and finish lines immediately off the town.
by James Boyd / International Maxi Association
Full results can be found on the event website here
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