A Return to the Seas: 25th Les Voiles d'Antibes New Dates

By Jenna Mehdi

Les Voiles d’Antibes is one of the pinnacle sailing events of the summer season. The annual sailing regatta, which has been sponsored for the last two years by global yacht management and brokerage group Hill Robinson, normally takes place at the beginning of June to herald the beginning of the Mediterranean summer season. This year the event has been postponed to new dates in September as a result of the global pandemic.

The new dates for Les Voiles d’Antibes, 16-20 September, place the event fittingly just before the Cannes regatta, and as a result Hill Robinson hopes to see more sailing yachts in attendance at the prestigious event than ever before. 

As Europe steadily begins to open up for charter and various ports lift quarantine measures, September looks to be a busier month than anticipated. Yachting enthusiasts will seek to compensate for lost time and reunite at this landmark occasion to demonstrate the resilience of an industry ignited by a passion for the sea. 

Over 50 classic yachts will set sail around the stunning coast of Antibes, with notable names on the water including S/Y Tuiga and S/Y Orianda. Amongst these will be counted the Hill Robinson partners and their own sailing yachts, of course, in celebration of the true spirit of sailing on which the company was founded. Nick Hill comments, ''Niall and I first met sailing on classic yachts before we started our business and it is immensely satisfying for us to be not only sponsoring this wonderful regatta but sailing our own modest yachts in this event. As our company slogan proudly says, we 'Love the Sea'."

Whether you are attending for the sailing or simply to soak in the genial atmosphere, there promises to be something for everyone at Port Vauban during the 5 days of vibrant festivities. From live music to events, the town of Antibes will once more come alive with the spirit of camaraderie for the 25th edition of this classic regatta. 

Waving the flag for the event and everything it represents to the yachting industry of course is Hill Robinson, whose Antibes office is just a stone’s throw from Port Vauban. Hill Robinson’s support for Les Voiles d’Antibes is in keeping with its company ethos to facilitate a smoother and improved yachting experience in every way, bolstered by a breadth of services and passionate team of staff. Despite having expanded to claim a global strategic presence, the Hill Robinson Antibes office remains its beating heart; fittingly located at the epicentre of this town whose passion for the sea and maritime history dates back centuries.

For those not looking to miss out on this highlight of the yachting calendar, it is not too late to enter - go to Les Voiles d’Antibes website to register your yacht. As a restless industry looks to return to the seas once more, this year’s edition certainly looks to be the most exciting yet.

"It is immensely satisfying for us to be not only sponsoring this wonderful regatta but sailing our own modest yachts in this event. "

Nick Hill, Founding Partner Hill Robinson

"It is immensely satisfying for us to be not only sponsoring this wonderful regatta but sailing our own modest yachts in this event. "

Nick Hill, Founding Partner Hill Robinson
By Jenna Mehdi
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