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In Corsica, Thursday 26 May is the start of the Napoleon regattas. The fleet of boats has arrived in the Gulf of Ajaccio. Among them, exceptional sailboats, one of which belonged to US President Kennedy and a 113-year-old one.
In Corsica, in the bay of Ajaccio, you only see them: racing sailboats all clad in wood, with an elegant line. With their sparkling copper and slender hulls on which the sailors are busy, these sailboats attract attention. “The shape, the wood, the mast. Very nice boats“says a man.”Beautiful, a dream“, testifies a woman. Some have a history, like the “Manitou”, which belonged to the American president Kennedy, It is nicknamed “the floating White House”.
Another remarkable sailboat: Tuiga, with its 28 m length and 400 m2 of sail. Built in 1919, it is one of the finest racing yachts in the world. It belongs to the Yacht Club of Monaco. On board, 23 crew members, almost all amateurs. “I am a liberal nurse so when I am off, I always go sailing. Everything is handmade so I love it. This is my passion“, says Léna Krasnokucka. They sail the old way, by force of arms.