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Sail Aboard the Historic *VIM*
at Voiles de Saint-Tropez

The 1939 sailing yacht Vim (US-15) is a notable vessel in the history of 12 Metre class racing yachts. Designed by the renowned naval architect Olin J. Stephens of Sparkman & Stephens and built by Henry B. Nevins, Vim was originally commissioned by the prominent yachtsman Harold S. Vanderbilt.


Vim was constructed under the International Third Rule, a set of guidelines for 12 Metre class racing yachts. She has an overall length of 21.18 meters, a beam of 3.66 meters, and a draft of 2.67 meters. Her sail area is 179 square meters, and she displaces 27.44 tons. The yacht was built using wood with double planking, a common construction method for racing yachts of that era.


In her early years, Vim demonstrated exceptional performance. She was particularly noted for her dominance on the upwind leg due to her advanced grinder/winch setup, which allowed for rapid tacking. She was considered one of the fastest and most competitive 12-metre yachts of her time. During the 1939 races, Vim was narrowly beaten by the yacht Jenetta on one occasion, highlighting her competitive edge.

Join us for an unforgettable adventure at the prestigious Voiles de Saint-Tropez aboard the historic sailing yacht Vim. Much like our renowned yachts Hallowe’en and Mariska, Vim offers an exceptional opportunity to participate in this iconic event. Experience an unparalleled adventure, learning from Vim’s expert crew or simply enjoying the Mediterranean’s beauty.


Our Premium-Regatta-Bundle includes shuttle service, entertainment, catering, and more, ensuring a memorable stay. Secure your spot for this unique opportunity and immerse yourself in the rich sailing heritage of Vim.

Les Dames de Saint-Tropez

3. - 5. May 2024

Régates Napoléon

14. - 19. May 2024

Les Voiles d'Antibes

28. May - 3. June 2024

Argentario Sailing Week

11. - 17. June 2024

Trophée Bailli de Suffren

22. June - 6. July 2024

Copa del Rey Palma

27. July - 3. August 2024

Illes Balears Clàssics

14. - 18. August 2024

Corsica Classic

20. - 26. August 2024

Vela Clásica Menorca

27. - 31. August 2024

Puig Vela Clàssica Barcelona

4. - 7. September 2024

Vele d'Epoca di Imperia

11. - 15. September 2024

Régates Royales Cannes

23. - 28. September 2024

Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez

28. September - 6. October 2024

Monaco Classic Week

10. - 13. September 2025

For which events can I charter yacht Vim?

In 2024, the legendary 1939 sailing yacht Vim will be available exclusively for charter at the Voiles de Saint-Tropez. This unique opportunity allows you to participate in one of the most prestigious regattas in the world aboard a historic vessel. Learn the intricacies of competitive sailing from Vim’s expert crew or relax and enjoy the thrilling competition around you. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this extraordinary event.

Can I actively join the sailing aboard yacht Vim?

Yes, of course! On the first day, the experienced crew of Vim will introduce you to all safety measurements and handlings, as well as guide you throughout the whole regatta event. Take the chance to be part of the winning team and show your knowledge! Should you, on the other hand, prefer to just enjoy the thrill of the race and the salty breeze on your skin without actively joining the sailing, then the decision is all yours at any time.

How many days of sailing are there during the regattas?

This depends on the event. Most events offer anything between 3 – 6 days of sailing action. Certain regattas, like the Bailli de Suffren, also span a considerably extended duration.

With a 1-day sailing training before the start of the regatta, you can call yourself a true sailor after crossing the finishing line on the last day. Please note that attending the regatta races is at no time obligatory. If you ever feel like skipping a day of sailing, the choice is yours at any time. We have plenty of activities for you to choose from to make your stay as perfect as possible.

Is it possible to only attend single days during the regatta?

Certainly. If, for any reason, you are not able to attend the whole regatta, you can always choose to attend only one or several days of your choice. Please note that availability for single-day participants is limited, so we encourage you to secure your spot as soon as possible.

Can I charter sailing yacht Vim for exclusive use of my group?

Chartering yacht Vim for exclusive use can be a great way to elevate your time at sea to a new level. Whether planning a vacation with friends or a business outing – sailing aboard a classic yacht like Vim is a unique experience of endless adventures. Learn how to sail, master your skills, or just enjoy the surroundings while feeling the breeze on your skin. The professional skipper and crew aboard will make sure you get the most out of your time and will assist you in any way possible.

What is the history of classic yacht Vim?

Vim was commissioned by Harold S. Vanderbilt and launched in 1939. Designed by Olin J. Stephens and built by Henry B. Nevins, Inc., Vim was intended to dominate the highly competitive 12-metre class racing, particularly the America’s Cup and other prestigious regattas. Vanderbilt, a key figure in competitive sailing, sought to leverage Vim’s advanced design and technology for a competitive edge. The yacht was built to International Third Rule specifications and featured innovative elements that made her exceptionally fast and agile.

One of the pioneering features of Vim was her grinder/winch system, which allowed for rapid tacking and superior upwind performance. Her exceptional speed and agility were showcased during the 1939 racing season, where she competed against other top yachts of her time, including the noteworthy Jenetta, which managed to narrowly beat Vim by only two seconds in a 27nm race.

The story of Jenetta, designed by the famous Scottish designer Alfred Mylne and launched in 1939, is another fascinating chapter in the history of 12-meter class yachts. Decades after her glory days, Jenetta was found in a state of neglect, half-submerged and forgotten in a quiet harbour. A group of passionate maritime historians stumbled upon her while researching classic yachts. Recognizing Jenetta’s historical significance, they embarked on a mission to restore her to her former glory.


Returning to the 1939 racing season, Vim’s dominance on the racecourse was largely attributed to Vanderbilt’s extraordinary sailing skills and the yacht’s innovative design. In 1958, Vim participated in the America’s Cup trials, further cementing her place in yachting history. Although she did not win, her performance was highly respected and contributed to the competitive spirit of the event.


After her participation in the 1958 America’s Cup trials, Vim continued to be actively involved in various regattas and races. She sailed extensively in both the United States and Europe, participating in numerous prestigious events. Over the years, Vim underwent several restorations to maintain her racing condition and preserve her historical integrity. She remained a competitive yacht within the 12-metre class. In recent years, Vim has been sailing in the Mediterranean, including participating in the Voiles de Saint-Tropez, showcasing her enduring legacy and performance.


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