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Classic yachts on parade in Saint-Tropez

By Denisa Morariu for CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez marked its 12th edition with a 300-yacht race
  • Professional and amateur sailors took part in the event
  • The historic vessel "Ikra" won the trophy for classic yachts
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Saint-Tropez, France -- Driven by the light breezes of Saint-Tropez, a 300-yacht race closed this year's Mediterranean sailing season.

Previously known as La Nioulargue, Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez marked its 12th edition through an eight-day event that brought together both amateur and professional sailors.

Mixing modernity with tradition, historic vessels and yachts on the cutting edge of technology raced in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean.

The week of racing ended with the historic boat "Ikra," built in Scotland in 1963, being awarded the Rolex Trophy for classic yachts.

It was Ikra's former owner, Frenchman Jean Laurin, who started the competition back in 1981. Then, he challenged Dick Jayson, the American owner of Swan 44 vessel "Pride," to a race between Saint-Tropez and La Nioulargue, a buoy that marks the shallows in the Mediterranean.

Twenty-nine years later, the event has come a long way, but the vessels built decades ago bring back memories of years gone by.

 
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