The 21sth edition of the Voiles d’Antibes – Trophée Panerai started yesterday based until 5 June at Port Vauban, Antibes and marks the start of the first Mediterranean stage of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge.
Why attend Les Voiles d’Antibes
The event has some magnificent classic yachts berthed in the port and racing the length of the coastline including yachts built pre-1950.
As well as the yacht racing a small village is set up at Bastion Saint Jaume with stands from Yacht Clubs, Selliers, Sailmakers, Photographers and yachting-related businesses.
In the evenings, the Village zone is a great place to enjoy free live music and buy a drink at one of the pop up bars. The Friday night of Les Voiles d’Antibes is known as one of the best nights out in Antibes – I’ll be heading along to see Riff Tonic and Al and the boys from Blah Blah on Friday night so may see you there!
Les Voiles d’Antibes is free entry and a nice family-friendly event to admire some truly beautiful yachts (though I will add that in the evenings, after 8.30pm the crowd at the Village is large so bear this in mind if you have smaller kids to watch).
For a map of the event location, see below:
For a programme schedule, visit the official Les Voiles d’Antibes website (in French only).
The car parks shown on the map above are usually very busy, especially the underground parking at Pré aux Pêcheurs opposite the port. It’s crucial you check exit times for carparks to avoid lock-ins! Alternative secure underground pay carparks not shown on this map are at Parking Poirier on boulevard Dugommier, or Parking avenue Frères Olivier click here for details of carparks in Antibes.
If you’re arriving by bus or train, it’s important to note that public transport after 9pm is quite limited and unfortunately there have been many strikes lately. Check timetables for local buses at www.envibus.fr or http://www.ter.sncf.com/paca/ for train times and information regarding strikes. Taxis can be found outside the Antibes train station.
Great aerial photo here of the Voiles yachts last year berthed with the IYCA superyachts too. This is the view looking toward Fort Carré.
The quays at Antibes Port and the entire Village site are on flat ground and accessible for families with baby strollers and persons with reduced mobility. In this photo above, the brown area on the middle of the right is the bar zone (evening party zone!) and it should be noted this has one step up to the bar areas as it is temporary decking.
The onsite toilets are shown in the photo above as the rectangular building in the bottom middle right – these toilets are in trailers accessed by stairs only, therefore the closest accessible ground level toilets are on the quay near plage Gravette or at Café Felix by the first archway to the port and Antibes Old Town.