Les Voiles de Saint- Barth

LES VOILES DE ST-BARTH April 9 to 14,2018
With the starting gun of the 2015 Les Voiles de St. Barth due to be fired in little less than two months, the list of entries continues to flesh out. Already the presence of some extraordinary craft like Comanche and Rambler 88 have been announced, with the skippers of a wealth of 30 and 60 footers also confirming their participation in the event.
As such, it promises to be a battle royal in the Spinnaker and Non-Spinnaker classes where the fleet is incredibly well matched and the suspense generally lasts right up to the final tack of the final race. And it’s enough to delight the organizers who, for the second year running, have decided to offer the support of Les Voiles de St. Barth to the ICM, the French Brain and Spinal Cord Institute.
For the 6th edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth, nearly half of the more than 1,000 sailors on 80 plus boats will race in the Spinnaker and Non-Spinnaker classes. These classes group together racing monohulls designed specially for coastal or offshore racing and, as has been the case every year since the first edition back in 2010, offer a series of white-knuckle rides to their crews.Les Voiles de St. Barth April 13-18 2015 The upshot is a spectacle that never ceases to amaze both sailors and spectators alike. “These are particularly competitive classes with a large number of boats, a fact demonstrated by the 2015 vintage, which already boasts nearly 50 entries,” explained the event’s Head of Crew Relations Annelisa Gee. “For sure the skippers are often less renowned than those of the Maxi or Mini Maxi classes, but these fleets are of a high standard and very well matched.”
In this way, a hotly-contested battle is assured among the numerous Swans: Christian Reynolds’ Northern Child (UK), Jim Madden’s Stark Raving Mad VII (USA), James Blakemore’s Music (South Africa), Joseph Mele’s Triple Lindy (USA) and also Patrick Demarchelier’s Puffy (SBH). The same is true with the VO 60s, Linas Ivanauskas’ Ambersail(Lithuania), Alfred Paulsen’s Shaka (Germany), Johannes Schwartz’s Cuba Libre (Austria), as well as Derek Hatfield’s Spirit of Adventure (Canada), which competed in the Vendée Globe 2008. And it’s a similar story with the TP52s: Peter Harrison’s Sorcha (UK), Jim Swartz’s Vesper (USA) and Conviction-Team Vag helmed by Clint Brooks (Barbados).
For the 6th edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth, nearly half of the more than 1,000 sailors on 80 plus boats will race in the Spinnaker and Non-Spinnaker classes. These classes group together racing monohulls designed specially for coastal or offshore racing and, as has been the case every year since the first edition back in 2010, offer a series of white-knuckle rides to their crews.Les Voiles de St. Barth April 13-18 2015 The upshot is a spectacle that never ceases to amaze both sailors and spectators alike. “These are particularly competitive classes with a large number of boats, a fact demonstrated by the 2015 vintage, which already boasts nearly 50 entries,” explained the event’s Head of Crew Relations Annelisa Gee. “For sure the skippers are often less renowned than those of the Maxi or Mini Maxi classes, but these fleets are of a high standard and very well matched.”
In this way, a hotly-contested battle is assured among the numerous Swans: Christian Reynolds’ Northern Child (UK), Jim Madden’s Stark Raving Mad VII (USA), James Blakemore’s Music (South Africa), Joseph Mele’s Triple Lindy (USA) and also Patrick Demarchelier’s Puffy (SBH). The same is true with the VO 60s, Linas Ivanauskas’ Ambersail(Lithuania), Alfred Paulsen’s Shaka (Germany), Johannes Schwartz’s Cuba Libre (Austria), as well as Derek Hatfield’s Spirit of Adventure (Canada), which competed in the Vendée Globe 2008. And it’s a similar story with the TP52s: Peter Harrison’s Sorcha (UK), Jim Swartz’s Vesper (USA) and Conviction-Team Vag helmed by Clint Brooks (Barbados).
Spookie notably won the IRC Division in the Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race in January, while the all-carbon Otra Vez, built by Salthouse Boatbuilders in New Zealand, won the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta back in June 2014 and the famous Quantum Key West Race Week in 2015.
“Since the boat’s launch in 2011, we’ve racked up a series of fine successes,” explained Coates, a Texan currently living in Paris. “We race on the East Coast of the United States and in the Caribbean. Over time we’ve fully optimized Otra Vez for the IRC races. I got into competition late in the day, but I’ve always been fascinated by yacht races. From a very early age, I read stacks of articles on the Fastnet Race and the America’s Cup… Today, I’m extremely happy to have the chance to compete in such fine races as Les Voiles de St. Barth, alongside fabulous yachts like Rambler, Comanche and the TP52s.”
Coates said he loves St. Barth, and Les Voiles is the only race he and his family never miss on any account. “The welcome is fantastic and the organization is first-class. The same is true of the weather conditions and the competition. A number of the world’s best 40 and 60 footers are generally on the start line, and I already know that this sixth edition will be tremendous.”
The ultra-chic Gustavia, capital of Saint Barthelemy or has say “people” or billionaire bling-bling” or dandy “St-Barth”, plays host to a number of world class restaurants and designer boutiques with colorful shop fronts and chilled out cafes lining the main strip of Rue de la Republique.
David Rockefeller discovered St Barth and purchased a property in 1957. His French colleague Edmond de Rothschild will imitate him quickly. John Fitzgerald Kennedy also come to relax in the early 60s. From that date, “St. Barth” will become a resort increasingly side among rich and famous until the explosion of pipolisation done in one of the most prominent in the world in the 90 places, Mick Jagger, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz and others by becoming faithful. Closer to Kate Moss, Daniel Craig, the rap megastar Jay-Z and his wife Beyoncé, and many of the stars of the younger generation, in turn, are assiduous of the place. Last personality foreground putting his bags: the oligarch Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has done it last year to build a giant property – in front of which he will soon be able to moor the largest megayacht of the world Eclipse (170 meters),
French is the official language but French patois, Creole and English is widely spoken. Known for attracting the highest concentration of superyachts in the Caribbean, the beautiful Gustavia Port can accommodate up to 60 yachts of up to 200ft
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