The One Ton Cup, held since 1899 and since 1999 comprising the IC-45 World Championship, kicks off this weekend in St Tropez.
Hosted by the originating club, the Cercle de la Voile de Paris and held at the Yacht Club de St Tropez, many top flight crews will be racing over the coming week for the classic 10 Kg solid silver trophy first awarded to the best One Ton boats of their day and now the perpetual trophy for the IC 45 World Championship.
Measurement starts on 7 October with racing commencing two days later on the ninth, and continuing until Saturday 12 October, which will see the final prize giving and trophy presentation.
Twelve boats representing ten different nations will compete for the classes most prestigious award who's past winners include William K. Vanderbilt, Ted Turner, and more recently Paul Cayard (USA) and America's Cup Skipper and past ISAF World Sailor of the Year Russell Coutts (NZL).
Current competitors for the cup feature some of the best known faces and boats from around the world: Cavale Bleue, with Thierry Peponnet at the helm, Glynn Williams' Wolf, Atlanti X, Georges Andreadis's, 2001 winner of the One Ton Cup who will race under the Greek colours and Groovederci (USA) with 1998 Mumm 36 World Champion Chris Larson calling tactics.
Two of the K-Challenge yachts, training for a 2006 America's Cup campaign will feature at the event. One helmed by Dawn Riley (USA), America's Cup and Whitbread Round the World Race veteran, and the other by Nicolas Charbonnier (FRA) this years 470 junior World Champion.
Racing will be on windward/leeward courses and the scene looks set for a hard fought and exciting regatta