Les Voiles d’Antibes Returns for 25th Edition

By George Bains

After months of disruption to the yachting and sailing calendar, excitement is building as Les Voiles d’Antibes returns this month for its 25th edition. The event, which will once again be sponsored by Hill Robinson, was originally scheduled for June but will now take place from 16-20 September.

Hill Robinson, with a strong base in Antibes and a special relationship with Port Vauban, has issued a ‘safety first’ message as it gears up to return as sponsors of the prestigious regatta.

The 25th edition of Les Voiles d’Antibes will feature over 50 classic sailing yachts, with famous names such as Tuiga, Hallowe’en and Monbeam of Fife among those participating in the regatta. The partners of Hill Robinson will again be participating, ready for competitive fun as they man the sails of their personal classics.

Nick Hill, founding partner of Hill Robinson, expressed his commitment to ensuring the event proceeds in a safe and secure manner without dampening the spirit of sailing festivity. “Even with the social distancing rules now part of all our everyday lives, Hill Robinson has a clear duty and responsibility to reinforce the message from the organization committee that holds the event in strict compliance with the current government and local safety rules and guidance,” said Hill. This responsibility must also extend to individuals for the safety to be guaranteed.

Safety at sea is our number one priority,” continued Hill. “the precautions are there to make sailing a safe environment without taking out the fun, so it is up to the individual to stop and think ‘safety’ at all times. Keep your distance, respect the zone and stay safe is our message.” The procedures put in place have been designed to create a ‘perfect bubble’ which will take all precautions to mitigate the risk of COvid-19, without sacrificing the sailing thrill.

During the regatta, the Hill Robinson ‘Teamwork’ award is up for grabs, a prize which recognises crew teamwork and safety onboard the classic racing yachts, something which is certainly fitting considering this tumultuous year.

The return to sailing will be a great relief to many, and Les Voiles d’Antibes is sure to provide excitement for those passionate about yachting. With the event taking all the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of all involved, it is time to enjoy the thrill of this world-class regatta.

"Safety at sea is our number one priority."

Nick Hill, Founding Partner of Hill Robinson

"Safety at sea is our number one priority."

Nick Hill, Founding Partner of Hill Robinson
By George Bains
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