For the third consecutive year, the island of St. Barth, in the French West Indies, provided an exceptional week of racing. Consensus of the 700+ sailors racing there is that in just three editions, Les Voiles de St. Barth has become a must-do event on the Caribbean race calendar.
Buoyed with such enthusiasm Organisers have announced the dates for the fourth edition: April 8 – 13, 2013.
This year competitors enjoyed four days of racing in an extremely wide range of conditions, from five to 25 knots, on different courses, each of them highly tactical and spectacular. The Maxi class, which numbered nine boats, attempted in vain to chase George David’s Rambler 90, the winner of a second trophy after her success in 2010 (Rambler 100 won in 2011).
Each of the seven classes competing saw some bitter-fought, yet friendly struggles. The quality of the international crews many of them professionals from the America’s Cup, Olympics, and other grand-prix events meant that this event in St Barth had an excellent line-up, which included:
- Bouwe Bekking aboard Nilaya
- Scott Vogel, Shannon Falcone, Jerry Kirby aboard Rambler 90
- Steve Benjamin and Dee Smith aboard Decision
- Gavin Brady aboard Vesper
- Cam Lewis aboard Paradox
- Charlie McKee and Ross MacDonald aboard Mayhem
- Tony Rey, Jeff Madrigali and Nacho Postigo aboard PowerPlay
- Jean-Paul Mouren aboard Med Spirit
- Lionel Péan and Jacques Vincent aboard Sojana
All the sailors enjoyed an amazing week of racing on the waters around St. Barth.
The event enjoys the continued support of watchmaker Richard Mille and sportswear brand Gaastra. Other event partners included leading St. Barth villa rental agencies WIMCO and Sibarth
While race organisers are extremely pleased at the continued success of the Les Voiles event, their team is already looking forward to the 2013 event. Said Francois Tolède, “The harbour in Gustavia cannot grow in size, and we shall soon be reaching the limit on number of yachts we can accommodate, around the 80 – 90 mark. Management will become an even greater issue and we want to maintain a stress-free, easy-going way of organising things.”
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