12th edition: Saturday 22 June to Wednesday 3 July 2013.
In 2002 three friends conceived a grand 21st century sailing tradition for classic yachts over 11 metres - a rally of special friends, old and new. Covering 600 miles from Saint-Tropez to Malta and visiting four of the most exotic ports in the Mediterranean, that event is the Trophée Bailli du Suffren.
Camper & Nicholsons is proud to sponsor the Trophée Bailli de Suffren.
The Mediterranean’s most beautiful yacht race is also its longest race for classic yachts. Now in its 12th edition, the Trophée Bailli du Suffren is run over three legs:
The event takes its name as well as its start and finish locations from the 18th century French admiral, Pierre André de Suffren de Saint-Tropez, who spent his early career in Malta where he received the title of "Bailli de Suffren" from the Knights of St John.
Known among his sailors and his enemies (most notably the British) as "Admiral Satan", this formidable seafarer enjoys a reputation in his native France that is comparable to Horatio Nelson's in Britain. His statue stands on the quay in Saint-Tropez.
Yachts enter in two classes:
All yachts can compete for the overall prize - the Sword of Honour of Admiral Satan.
The 2013 Trophée Bailli de Suffren starts from Saint-Tropez on Saturday 22 June, and finishes in Malta’s Grand Harbour about ten days later after stop-overs in Porto Rotondo (Sardinia) and Trapani (Sicily). The prize-giving and "Corsairs' Dinner" takes place in Malta on Wednesday 3 July.
Saint-Tropez to Porto Rotondo, Sardinia (193 nm)
competing for La Coppa dei Quattro Mori
Porto Rotondo to Trapani, Sicily (230 nm)
competing for La Coppa dei Gattopardi
Trapani to Valletta, Malta (169 nm)
competing for The Corsairs’ Cup
The Organising Authority for the event is made up of the host ports' yacht clubs, co-ordinated by the Founders' Marenostrum Racing Club:
Entries are now being accepted for the 2013 Trophée Bailli de Suffren, and must be submitted before Saturday 15 June 2013 to the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez, Parking Nouveau, Port BP 72 83992, SAINT TROPEZ CEDEX.
You can download all the key race documents by clicking on the following links:
The Sailing Instructions will be issued to participating yachts on registration in Saint-Tropez ahead of the race.
Naval Etiquette: the spirit of the Trophée Bailli de Suffren is that of the "Gentleman Sailor", which is elegantly described in these two articles published by the Port of Saint-Tropez magazine: The Gentleman Sailor's Dress Code and The Maritime Flags.
This annual 600 mile offshore long-distance classic yacht race was the brainchild of three friends with a shared vision: Henri-Christian Schroeder, Christian Benoit and Pierre Hugo.
It was created in 2001 following a bet between these close friends, and enjoyed the enthusiastic and spontaneous support of André Beaufils (president of the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez), Gian-Battista Borea d'Olmo (then president of the Yacht Club Porto-Rotondo), Mario Russo (then president of the Circolo Velico Marsala) and Arthur Podesta (then commodore of the Royal Malta Yacht Club).
Henri-Christian Schroder is Commodore of the Trophée Bailli de Suffren and a director of AFYT, the French Classic Yachts Association. He is also the author of the thriller L'Illusion de Malte and of a book on yachting watches.
Christian Benoit is co-founder of the event and President of the Marenostrum Racing Club. He has raced extensively in Solings, as well as enjoying the classics. He owns a well-known traditional delicatessen in the old port of Saint-Tropez.
Pierre Hugo is Admiralissimo of the Bailli de Suffren, Vice-President of the Marenostrum Racing Club and a member of the Yacht Club de France. He is also President of the Cuisine des Cyprès, a gastronomic academy for fine cooking at sea and is a Master Goldsmith.
The shared ethos of the three founders can be summed up in their stated desire, “to be serious without taking ourselves too seriously.”
Details for the organising authority, host marinas, yacht clubs, rating offices, press office and the headline sponsor of the Camper & Nicholsons Trophée Bailli de Suffren are:
Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez | +33 (0)4 94 97 30 54 | email@example.com
Port de Saint-Tropez | +33 4 94 56 68 70 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Marenostrum Racing Club | +33 (0)1 42 22 87 04 | email@example.com
Tourist Office | +33 94 97 45 21
Bransom Bean | +44 (0)7624 493 667 | firstname.lastname@example.org | skype: bbean1
The winner in 2012 of the 11th Bailli de Suffren, and current holder of the Sword of Honour of Admiral Satan, is Pascal Stefani, owner of WHITE DOLPHIN. His Captain of the Honour Guard is Yann Delplace.
We will be posting results of the 2013 Bailli de Suffren as they become available.
Yacht Club de France | www.ycf-club.fr
Association Française des Yachts de Tradition | www.afyt.fr
Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez | www.societe-nautique-saint-tropez.fr
Yacht Club Porto Rotondo | www.ycpr.it
Royal Malta Yacht Club | www.rmyc.org
Classic Yacht Club | www.classyachtclub.com
Ville de Saint-Tropez | www.saint-tropez.fr
Conseil Régional Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur | www.regionpaca.fr
Marina di Porto-Rotondo | www.marinadiportorotondo.it
Marina Vento di Maestrale, Trapani | www.pontiliventodimaestrale.it
Malta Tourism Authority | www.visitmalta.com
Alpina | www.alpina-watches.com
Vicomte-A | www.vicomte-a.com
Neptunia | www.neptunia.fr
Mount Gay Rum | www.mountgayrum.com
Detaille | www.detaille.com
14 May 2013 - Ashanti IV joins the big guns as entries rise.
The famous German schooner Ashanti IV has confirmed her entry in the 2013 Trophée Bailli du Suffren. Built in 1954 for shipyard owner Ernst Burmester, she measures in at 35m LOA and is well-known around the world, having taken part in almost every classic yacht race of note in Europe and the USA.
25 April 2013 - Mariska and Moonbeam IV also enter.
The two Fife cutters, Mariska (27m) and Moonbeam IV (32m) have entered the Bailli. Dating from 1908 and 1914 respectively, they will bring some real history to the event. More here in the press release.
23 April 2013 - Elena, 55m Herreschoff schooner announces entry.
Atlantic won't have it all her own way at the front of the fleet, as the similarly sized Elena has announced her entry in the race. This is shaping up to be a spectacular 600nm match race!
10 April 2013 - schooner Atlantic enters the Bailli.
Owner and captain Ed Kastelein has confirmed that the 56m Atlantic has officially entered the 2013 Trophée Bailli du Suffren. You can read more details in the press release linked here.