Coastal Cruise Deja Vu

The Background: Undoubtedly one of the most important events, if not the most important. The history of “Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez” has been told many times. Two yachts, “Pride” and “Ikra”, challenged each other for a bet one day in September 1981. The coastal route selected left from the Portalet tower (Saint-Tropez) to race to Club 55 (a private beach in Pampelonne bay), where Patrice de Colmont presented the winner with a hastily improvised prize called the “Club 55 Cup”. The following year other friends joined in the fun and launched their own challenges. The event took off with Patrice de Colmont at the helm. It was he who gradually expanded it in the spirit of being en famille which made the “Nioulargue” so unique, until a tragic accident in 1995. The event might have ended there, but thanks to pressure from competitors and other participants, this late summer regatta would be reborn and find its niche again on the October calendar in 1999. Entrusted by Patrice de Colmont to André Beaufils, president of the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez (sailing club), the event is now called “Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez” and is flying the flag high again, as the spirit of yesteryear lives on.

“Coastal Cruise Deja Vu” 32×40 oil on canvas (unframed) and all of our original oil paintings are created in my studio on Cape Cod. Cape Cod is famous for its particularly radiant light and magnificent landscapes, seascapes and quaint harbors. Home to thousands of artists and art galleries, Cape Cod has earned its reputation as a location for artists and collectors of fine art. From the tip of Cape Cod in Provincetown to the bridges, creating and collecting art is a way of life. We have a number of sailing paintings available in our gallery and online.

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