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Les concerts de l’été 2017 dans le Golfe de Saint-Tropez sont à la fête

Festival Do you Saint-Tropez

Cette année c’est sur les jours des  21 et 22 juin, durant la fête de la musique, que se dérouleront deux des soirées les plus prisées du célèbre village. Venus d’horizon musicaux variés, des artistes vous offriront des prestations à vous couper le souffle. Le programme 2017 de sa 3ème édition n’étant pas encore connue, voici un aperçu de ses origines. Depuis qu’une équipe de onze tropéziens ont engendré l’association CAP (Cercle pour l’Avenir de la Presqu’île) de Saint-Tropez, ses membres s’échinent à «créer des événements et faire vivre notre village». S’appuyant sur de solides réseaux, leur succès va croissant. Deux soirées festives vers laquelle vont se diriger de très nombreux amateurs, que la place du 15ème Corps au cœur de la cité va rassembler.

Festival les soirées de la Citadelle

Pour leur 3ème édition, les soirées se dérouleront du jeudi 27 au samedi 30 juillet 2017 sur Saint Trop’. La région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur ne déméritera pas cette fois encore de ce qui a établi sa notoriété, un cadre poétique dans un décor historique. Cette année c’est dans le fort du XVIIème siècle, sur l’emplacement même des forteresses qui ont veillé à la défense du village au Moyen-Age, que se dérouleront les festivités. C’est dans un paysage exceptionnel, qui surplombe le village le plus  légendaire de la Côte d’Azur, que vous convie la Citadelle de Saint Tropez ! La programmation visant à toucher la culture française et internationale, trois artistes aux couleurs musicales variées vont se succéder. Du rock en passant par la chanson et le rap, vont ainsi vous être présentés : Benjamin Biolay le jeudi 27, Iam le vendredi 28 et Sting qui assurera la clôture le samedi 29 juillet 2017.

Voici un aperçu de l’édition 2016 :

Festival de Jazz à Ramatuelle 

A découvrir la 3ème semaine d’août, c’est toute l’histoire du Jazz qui s’y conjugue, au passé et au présent comme au futur. Voici la promesse de la programmation 2017, qui fera la part belle aux chanteuses et aux pianistes. Entre légendes vivantes au groove contemporain ou au swing intemporel, nouveaux espoirs et talents confirmés, ce sont 5 soirées qui vous sont proposées. Des partages sans nom, que les amateurs chevronnés tout autant que les novices  découvriront pour leur plus grand plaisir. Le festival « Off » se déroule en deux parties, dès les premières notes le jardin du théâtre résonne aux notes bleues version « Garden-Party ». C’est dans un cadre idyllique, qui à la base vous permet de savourer de petits vins primés et une restauration maison en soirée… le tout dans une ambiance décontractée et chaleureuse à la fois,

Pour vous donner l’eau à la bouche, voici un extrait du concert de Kyle Eastwood et de son quintette l’année dernière :

Les Grimaldines

Nous ne saurions vous énumérer certaines nocturnes du golfe de Saint Tropez sans rappeler la légendaire animation des « Grimaldines ». Comme son nom l’indique celles-ci se déroulent à Grimaud, tant dans sa cité lacustre qu’au sein de son célèbre village médiéval, qui s’ouvrent au monde pour l’occasion. Rendez-vous donc pour les festivités et bonnes soirées…

Voici les artistes invités au Grimaldines en 2016 :

The Great Nautical Events of the Gulf of Saint Tropez

Coming to Saint-Tropez without taking advantage of its great nautical events would be, in some way, to commit a capital offense. Everything is organized in magnificence, destined before anything else to distract locals as well as vacationers and tourists with an enjoyable time. Each year you are given the opportunity to attend real sailboat ballets, too, and to make your mouth water, let us introduce some of these to you.

The Armen Festival

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For its 40th year, these celebrations will take place from March 3rd to the 12th, 2017. With no fewer than 70 sailboats expected at the start, we are already guaranteeing a successful show at this popular and highly-rated event in the Gulf. Created in 1978, the festival takes its name from the contraction of ARt-MEr-Neige (in reference to the famous Breton lighthouse which bears the same name). It was not long before this festival brought an enthusiasm defying any prognosis.

A ski-sailing challenge called “André Herman” was associated with the René Perrier Trophy (combining Art & Sailing). This is a competition that will gather both modern and traditional sailboats, whose prizes of excellence are very coveted by the rivaling competitors. It should be noted that at the same time an Art exhibition will take place, where there will be on display a handmade piece by one of the members of each participating crew.

Les Voiles Latines

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Organized from the 25th of May to the 28th, 2017, together with the City of Saint-Tropez and its Port, and with the support of the Société Nautique (the Nautical Society), these festivals have been held since 2001. This year, we will attend the 17th edition of the Voiles Latines, an authentic installment where conviviality happily mixes with the maritime heritage of the Mediterranean. Exhibitions, craft stands, and historical conferences are all part of the event, which is sure to delight everyone’s tastes.

There will be a wide range of boats of all persuasions which are led, either by sea or by land, to the festival and whose owners disembark for the festivities. More than 80 boats are expected, and an unusual tent village is planned along the outskirts of the harbor master’s office to welcome and accommodate all of these beautiful people. A program once again of an incomparable richness, where musical performances, dancing, singing, and tastings can be found neck and neck.

The Giraglia Rolex Cup

Giraglia Rolex Cup 2016

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This regatta will take place from June 10th to 14th on Saint-Tropez should expect to unite 200 boats, coming from 10 different horizons. The Giraglia was born in 1952 in a Parisian café where Beppe Croce, Franco Gavagnin, and René Levainville met, three companions with extraordinary ideas. Their intention was then to create a competition which would allow the Italian and the French to conquer the universe of high-sea sailing.

One thing leading to another, the Yacht Club and then the Société Nautique (Nautical Society) of Saint-Tropez took the torch and inaugurated new formulas. The competition progressed from the 22 original ships to an international fleet, so the configuration needed to be redesigned to three coastal regattas. Ultra-competitive boats and stunning sailboats are competing, as well as have duplicate crews since 2014.

Below are some beautiful images of the 2016 edition.

The Voiles of St. Tropez

30/09/2016, Saint-Tropez (FRA,83), Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2016, Day 5

 

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This is, without a doubt, THE event to attend. It will take place from September 30th to October 8th, 2017. Its history has been reported countless times, but it is always with pleasure that the uninitiated hear the tale. In summary, two boats, “Pride” and “Ikra,” were pit against each other one day in September 1981 for the game. After many twists and turns, the “Club 55 Cup,” an improvised name for the occasion, was replaced by the title “Voiles of Saint-Tropez.” The memory was retained and the spirit of yesteryear preserved.

And thus, legends were born. From year to year, the coastal game has been emulated and the competitors have arrived to reinforce this good-natured atmosphere. Different classes of sailboats can be found there, ranging from traditional to modern, but also the Wally Class J boats. Their number can reach up to 300, a mass of racing enthusiasts and lovers of Saint Tropez. Every year, this event overflows with festivity and conviviality. Amateur photographers can feast their eyes on this panel of colors and unique characteristics of Saint-Tropez.

The 2016 was splendid. This video will give you a glimpse of it.

We selected 4 nautical races for this article. To view the full list, please visit the « Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez » website.

The best dive sites around Saint-Tropez

Professional underwater photographer for 30 years, Philippe Joachim has scuba dived in practically all the oceans in the world. From the north Pacific to the Indian Ocean, passing through the Carribean and the Red Sea, he has seen almost everything on the blue planet. Co-author with Alain Ponchon of the book 100 gorgeous scuba dives in the Var, from Saint-Cyr to Saint-Raphaël, it is clear that: “When it comes to scuba diving sites, the Var compares favorably with any other destination. And I can tell you that when I talk about my scuba diving experience throughout the year by the Hyères islands, they look at me with envy.

Dive in Port Cros

The attraction of shipwrecks

If Port-Cros and the islet of Gabinière, symbolic of the Mediterranean with their countless grouper fish, are a significant element of these dives, the underwater wonders of the Var seem infinite. “From Saint-Cyr to Saint-Raphaël, it doesn’t at all look alike. Of course, you can see gorgonian coral and Posidonia pretty much everywhere, but the arrangement of the rocks is very different,” Philippe Joachim explains.

But what really gives the Var its reputation is the contemporary wrecks, among which are the mythical Donator and Grec.

Finally, all that is missing to compete with destinations such as Polynesia, is the sharks. “They are there but we don’t see them. Apart from dogfish in winter,” Philippe Joachim ensures.

Exceptional underwater spots popular with scuba divers are the focus of the ecological organization by the marine Observatory.

There are some fascinating shipwrecks, Rubis and Togo, at the sites of Roche Michel and the Sardinaux. Passing by the beacon of Rabiou, the seafloor of the Golf also contains a few treasures, which are very popular with scuba diving clubs.
These last few have long asked for a better procedure to be able to make the most out of the five sites without ruining the seafloor with anchors.

From this point on, it will be done thanks to the marine observatory.
The organization was previously more centered on the Rayol-Ramatuelle axis, but since the merging of the communes, the jurisdiction was enlarged to Saint-Maxime.
Thanks to this new configuration, the marine observatory could finally deal with a major project: the ecological anchors: “Thanks to a specialized company, we were able to install connector boards with docking lines connected to buoys on the surface. These buoys are equipped with rings meant for boats that now no longer need to throw their anchor,” commented Marion Thomassin, assistant in charge of the mission at the observatory.

This is great news for the scuba diving clubs of the golf, as Franck Mottair of H20 in Sainte-Maxime confirms: “ The richness of the fauna and flora is what makes our business a success. By giving us the ability to protect them, we can make people discover these remarkable sites in complete serenity.

Many steps had to be taken, before being able to begin this work costing almost €80,000: “First we have targeted the needs of the clubs before going scouting on site. Then we needed to find the suitable placements for the anchor points.”

Gorgonian coral and submarines

Facing the Cape of Saint-Tropez, on the Rabiou side, the garden of gorgonian coral is developing, with gorgeous plants with colors that vary depending on their depth.
For beginning scuba divers, the Sardinaux zone, an ideal playing field, has seafloors from 2 m down to 45 m and a vast collagen plateau full of fish. Please note that groupers are now coming back since they are protected by a moratory and that you can see banks or barracudas as well.

Pointe des Sardinaux

La Pointe des Sardinaux

If you’re an avid diver, you won’t want to miss the many wrecks that lie on the seafloor of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. Like the underwater Rubis, all along Cape Camarat. A gem of the Second World War, (length: 60m, height: 8m) , it was sunk to prevent capture by its enemies. You should also see the Togo (Cavalaire) or the Espingole (La Croix-Valmer), a destroyer that collided with the Petit-Sec at full speed on February 4, 1903. A playful way to dive into history :-)