The finest vintage of all – Part I

Dan Houston returns from the 25th anniversary of Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez with a story that really began another 20 years earlier on a warm beach with Brigitte Bardot, Roger Vadim and la famille Colmont, plus a little light match racing

Saint-Tropez just celebrated its 25th edition of today’s Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez with fleets of maxi, modern and classic yachts bringing 250 boats and thousands of sailors to the small town. It’s also 40 years since the first maxis raced here, when the early October regatta was then known as the Nioulargue. That was the first time maxis raced in France and it became a showcase event for classic boat owners and enthusiasts. Many decaying classic yachts were restored simply to be there.

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