From February 28th to March 8th 2020
Created in 1978 by René Perrier, then President of the sailing club Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez, the ARMEN Festival is a well known and highly appreciated event that takes place over the course of a week.
For the man who invented it, the festival unites three themes which were very close to his heart:
- The Arts: René Perrier adored music and played several instruments including the violin and was president of the “Amis de la musique” (friends) of Saint-Tropez association.
- The Sea: René Perrier owned a sailing yacht called “Fidelio” which was moored at the Saint-Tropez sailing club, and participated in numerous regattas with his family and other club members.
- The Snow: an outstanding skier, René Perrier left his rubber sailing boots behind to don skis in the winter months.
ARMEN is a contraction of ARt MEr Neige and also recalls the famous Brittany lighthouse of the same name.
- A first weekend regatta – usually on the Saturday this is a race from Saint-Tropez to Cavalaire, weather permitting, with the return leg on the Sunday
- An art exhibition throughout the week of the Festival
- A ski contest organised on the Friday in Isola 2000
- A second weekend regatta in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez.
The event very quickly took off to the extent that a new ski-sailing challenge was introduced called the “André Hermann”.
At the time André Hermann owned the sailing yacht “Silver Shadow”* and was a superb skier. With René Perrier’s blessing he wished to create a prize rewarding the team with the best score for the two sailing regattas and ski event.
In the beginning there were few mathematical formulas in evidence, beyond obvious criteria such as age, sex, etc, and although the formulas may have changed as the event evolved, the essence of the festival remains.
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