Régates Royales 2021, sportsmanship above all!

24 September 2021

The 43rd year of this historical event for the City of Cannes will take place from 19 to 25 September. Around 60 teams are expected to participate in one of the most important events of the season. The spectators will be able to watch this event from the new panoramic promenade on the Josephine Baker jetty which opened last year.

Régates Royales in details

Like every year at the beginning of autumn, the Bay of Cannes and the Lérins Islands are the backdrop for the Régates Royales. This event brings together the finest traditional yachts from around the world. Over a period of six days, passionate owners and racers of traditional sailing boats, classical yachts, 5.5-metre, Star and Dragon classes engage in a competition on the water characterised by elegance and fair play, to the delight of devoted enthusiasts.

A specific format this year

Due to the pandemic, the Régates Royales 2021 will have an unusual format. Therefore this year there will be no Village des Régates in the Old Port boatyard area because of the onerous health restraints. The Cannes Yacht Club, the organiser of the event, has chosen to focus on sportsmanship. The Quai Saint-Pierre will be pedestrianised and open to the public, whereas the Quai Laubeuf, privatised, will be only accessible by competitors.  Finally, the Control Centre for the races will be relocated to the Cannes Yacht Club.
Jean-François Cutugno, the new president of the Cannes Yacht Club says: “The Régates Royales is certainly an event as magical as it is aesthetic and it takes place on an exceptional stretch of water, but it is first and foremost a race alternating between coastal and technical courses set by regatta specialists. It is not only a parade of classic legendary sailing yachts… According to a well-established tradition, the Cannes Yacht Club has always prioritised the regatta, and it is not uncommon to hear the owners of the classic circuit say, “if you really want to race, the Régates Royales is the place to be. ”

A record number of participants

The Régates Royales attracts lots of participants and even more this year. When the organisers closed the registration at the beginning of September, more than forty boats were on the waiting list. The Cannes Yacht Club has managed this overbooking with the teams of the Old Port who welcome the traditional boats and the Dragons from 18 September. The races take place from Monday 20 to Friday 24 September.
The awards ceremony will take place the following day, Saturday 25 at 6pm in the Allées Square (in front of the town hall) and on Sunday the boats will leave the Old Port of Cannes for the Voiles de Saint-Tropez.

An exceptional view of the regattas

For the first year, the large crowds will be able to watch the boats and follow the races from the Joséphine Baker jetty.  Accessible for those with reduced mobility, this 400-metre long panoramic promenade links the pedestrian areas of Quai Saint-Pierre and the BoccaCabana facilities. It offers a 360° view over the bay of Cannes, from the Lerins Islands to the Esterel Massif.
To enjoy the spectacle of these races even more closely, shipping companies located at the Quai du Large offer boat trips to follow the yachts in the bay.