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8 October 2006, 01:09 pm
Schooner So Fong Wins Trophée Rolex
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Les Voiles De Saint Tropez 2006
St. Tropez, France

The site of the prizegiving ceremony for the eighth annual Les Voiles de Saint Tropez (and the 25th anniversary of the original La Nioulargue) took place in a spectacular setting under the walls of the ancient Citadelle, with a view overlooking the bay of Saint Tropez, France.
André BEAUFILS, President of Les Voile Organizing Committee welcomed the competitors, along with the Jean-Michel COUVE, Deputy Mayor of Saint Tropez. Hundreds of guests hiked up to the vantage point where the awards for the week of racing were presented.

Phillipe MASSET, General Director of Rolex France awarded the Trophee Rolex and a Rolex steel Submariner timepiece to the yacht, So Fong. The 26 metre dark blue hulled schooner had the lowest score for the week of racing of all the classic division yachts over 16 metres.

So Fong, designed by the legendary naval architects, Sparkman & Stephens, was built in Hong Kong in 1937, and has been owned for the past five years by Bruno ENTRECANALES of Madrid, Spain.

VILLALONGA-HOOK Credits Spanish Crew

The final race on Saturday provided perfect conditions for the boat. Skipper Perico VILLALONGA-HOOK attributed the win to 'the great Spanish crew', though in fact he has assembled a capable crew who are also from Italy, France, and New Zealand. VILLALONGA-HOOK added, 'We need 20-25 knots of wind to really get the boat going', and Saturday they experienced just that. So Fong has competed in a several of the classic yacht regattas this year, including PalmaVela (Majorca), the Copa del Rey (Vintage Sails in Mahon, Menorca), and Regate Royales in Cannes. The yacht is expected to cross the Atlantic next year to compete in the classic circuit in northeastern USA in the summer/fall 2007.

In the Epoque Gaff, Class A (EAA), first place overall for the week was the 33 metre Fife schooner, Altair. Close behind in second place was the gaff cutter, Moonbeam IV. The 'big boat' class was quite competitive with five of the eight yachts competing near the top of the leader board at some point in the week.

For the 2006 Les Voiles de Saint Tropez, 287 yachts and 3,000 sailors competed in Modern and Tradition Divisions.

Regatta News (As Amended By ISAF). Image, So Fong:© Carlo BORLENGHI/Rolex
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