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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez gets underway

The first day of racing in this 18th edition of Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez served up an orderly swell and glorious sunshine.

Racing in their very own championship, four rather special gaff riggers were invited to race off Portalet once again, their unique silhouettes really standing out against the carbon rigs of the big Maxis, setting the tone for this wonderful blend of styles and genres so exclusive to Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez.

With most of the Classic yachts not setting sail until Tuesday, the big players from the Modern and Wally classes were keen to show what they were made off, as demonstrated by a particularly impressive Rambler.

First in IRC-A fleet of Super-Maxis was the 'Leopard' of Michael Slade GBR ahead of 'Rambler' of George David USA and 'Velsheda' of Barnaby Henshaw GBR.

In the Wallys, 'Magic Carpet 3' (100 ft) finished first ahead of the new 'Open Season' (107 ft) GBR.

The Yacht Club de France’s Autumn Cup; the winners in corrected time:

Gaff rig group:
1- Eva (Fife 1906)
2- Viola (Fife 1908)
3 Nin (Quernel 1913)

Spirit of Tradition group
1- Pitch – Tofinou 9.50
2- Team42 – Tofinou 9.50
3-Minx – Tofinou 9.50

Classic group
1- Maria Giovanna (Olin Stephens 1969)
2- Il Moro di Venezia (Frers 1976)
3 Ikra (Boyd 1964)

Marconi +16.5m group
1- Rowdy (Herreshoff 1916)
2- Blitzen
3- Sevenseas of Porto (Crane 1935)