The PYA: fending the future of yachting industry

The yachting industry experienced a boom time in the late 1980s and early 90s. The number of luxury motor yachts surged and owning classic sail yacht became a symbol of wealth and sophistication, but as the workforce swelled in size, so did the need for regulation and protecting the rights of crew. Riviera Insider meets with PYA Development Manager Carey Callender.Read more

Saint Tropez sailing: the Giraglia Rolex Cup

There are three events in one at the 65th Giraglia Rolex Cup, one of the oldest and most renowned offshore races in the Mediterranean: the overnight regattas beginning on 9th June from Marseille or Sanremo to Saint Tropez; an inshore series in Saint Tropez from 11th to 13th June; and the famous La Giraglia race that runs 241 nautical miles from Saint Tropez to Genoa via the island that gives the event its name on 14th June. Read more

Making waves: a female captain at the helm

From 31st May until 4th of June, Port Vauban will host the classic Les Voiles d'Antibes yacht race. The port changes completely; the motor boats leave and are replaced by beautiful racing yachts and the town buzzes with excitement as captains march around in uniform, hurriedly getting their paperwork ready. Later, after a hard day's sailing, the crew party into the night. If ever a film agent was looking to cast pirates, this would be the place to find them.Read more

Expat focus: Kim Woodey

South African Kim Woodey, an independent yacht trainer, shares her story of how she fell in love with the region after just one night in Nice 15 years ago.Read more

Tuiga: the flagship of the Yacht Club de Monaco

Contemporaries of King Alfonso XIII of Spain did not consider him to be a particularly good politician, but few could teach him much about sailing. In 1909, when he was only 23 years of age, the greatgrandfather of current Spanish King Felipe commissioned a yacht from probably the most famous boat builder in Europe at the time: William Fife in Fairlie, Scotland. The vessel was to be constructed in compliance with the so-called International Rule in the 15mR class and measuring around 20 metres in length. Needless to say, he named the yacht Hispania (D5/ESP1).Read more

Vauban 21

For more than 2,000 years, Antibes’ Port Vauban has captured the imaginations of the people who have passed through its marina walls. It is now set to enter a new chapter in its history under a new manager whose ambitions go far beyond superficial renovations. Riviera Insider meets with Director of Port Vauban Franck Dosne to learn more about his vision for a living port ‘that works with and for the community’.Read more

Saint Tropez's Ladies Regatta

The 7th edition of the annual St. Tropez Ladies Regatta will take place from 5th to 7th May. To accommodate the huge demand for the race, the committee has had to increase the number of competing sailboats from eighteen to twenty four!Read more