From the dock of the Vieux Port at the foot of Fort Saint-Nicolas, Marseille brings together the most beautiful sailing ships built between the nineteenth century and the end of the twentieth century. Whether they are classical, vintage or traditional, once a year, the phocaean city welcomes about forty ships made of wood and metal.
The famous regatta is a unique opportunity to discover the charm of these exceptional riggings, but also to attend the events of this nautical appointment. The program will include many races, animations, jazz concerts, photographic exhibitions, a painting competition, autographs sessions and of course, the presentation of the vessels taking part in the race.
Every year, the French coasts become the circuit of nautical races. Among the most famous, the round-the-world single-handed yacht race of the Vendée Globe and the Tour de France à la Voile, which will take place from July 4th to 27th between Dunkerque and Nice. If these two internationally famous races witness the race between the best performing boats in the world, the Voiles du Vieux port remains closer to tradition, for the pleasure of sailors, whether they’re young or old.
Translated by Dafne Inzaina- Meretdemeures.com (June 2014).