Please select your home edition
Edition
Doyle Sails New Zealand

Les Voiles de Saint-Barth - Setting off for magical shores

by Sabina Mollart-Rogerson on 4 Dec 2012
Vesper wins the RACING Class at Les Voiles de St. Barth 2011 © Christophe Jouany / Les Voiles de St. Barth http://www.lesvoilesdesaintbarth.com/
As the continental winter takes hold in old Europe, the yachting world begins to set off for the magical shores of the Caribbean. This is an ideal time for the organisers of Les Voiles de Saint-Barth to meet up with competitors, lining up for the fourth edition, scheduled to take place between eighth and 13th April 2013.

Last week, the Canaries were home to several hundred yachts of all sizes and from a wide range of countries. The Maxi Yachts, which set off from Tenerife and the elegant racing cruisers in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers are currently sailing towards the islands, looking for an opportunity to enjoy fine races celebrating the eternal spirit of yachting, where the camaraderie of seafarers is at home with the competitive spirit.


Maxi-Yachts, IRC 52s, Racing spinnaker and Racing non-spinnaker boats, multihulls and classic yachts… they are all invited to join one of the six classes competing in Les Voiles de Saint-Barth. At the moment, registrations are going well and everyone is pleased about the prospect of the fine competition that lies ahead, for the Maxi Yachts, of course, but also for the mighty IRC 52s, where the strength of the American boat, Vesper will be under pressure from some newcomers. There has been a pleasant surprise in the Classic boats with a Star from the Mediterranean classic yacht circuit competing, the Bermudian cutter, The Blue Peter, a masterpiece designed by Alfred Mylne, which since her launch back in 1930, has won a multitude of titles and trophies. Everywhere she has raced, her fine lines impress with their elegance and efficiency.

'People come here, because they enjoy it so much,' stresses François Tolède. 'They have a passion for their boats, for their crew and for those moments of sheer excitement that our waters offer them, with windy conditions being the norm and some breathtaking scenery. The friendly atmosphere you find ashore results from this passion, as everyone is just so happy that they want to share their emotions. All we do is to provide them with a setting with festive events held ashore…Live music, firework displays, fun race village, with a cheerful atmosphere is the watchword, and all that in addition to the islands charms recognised for its French hospitality, which never fails to win over all those visiting. Once they have got a taste of Les Voiles de Saint-Barth, they always want to come back for Les Voiles de Saint Barth website

Abell Point Marina 660x82 MoorHarken and Fosters -  Harken WinchesCollinson and Co

Related Articles

Groupama Race - Scallywag sets monohull record
Scallywag, the longest monohull, is also the fastest monohull to sail around New-Caledonia. Scallywag, the longest monohull finished second behind the Simon Hull skippered ORMA60 trimaran, Franck Racing (formerly TeamVodafoneSailing). Scallywag also becomes is also the fastest monohull to sail around New-Caledonia. She took 2 days, 13 hours, 19 min and 55s, to establish a new record for monohulls.
Posted today at 4:54 am
Collinson FX Market Commentary - Sept 28 - USD weakens as others gain
KIWI jumped back towards 0.7300, while the AUD broke above 0.7650 This did little for the Dollar, as the EUR jumped to 11220, while the GBP regained 1.3000! The reserve weakness enabled the KIWI, which jumped back towards 0.7300, while the AUD broke above 0.7650. Economic data confirms Central Bank speculations and realities.
Posted today at 12:14 am
Les Voiles de St Tropez France – Day 2 images by Ingrid Abery
Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from day two Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from day two
Posted on 27 Sep
Panerai Classic Yachts - Images from Régates Royales - Final day
The final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge has concluded at Cannes in the 38th Régates Royales The final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge has concluded at Cannes in the 38th Régates Royales. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru was on the water at Cannes and provided this gallery of images from the Final Day - there ws no racing due to the obvious lack of wind - but the images are still excellent.
Posted on 27 Sep
French-flagged sailing team to make Extreme Sailing Series debut
30-year old Kiwi Adam Minoprio will lead the team, and he is looking forward to the challenge. Arriving fresh from victory on their GC32 in Sotogrande (Spain), the team of experienced foilers is expected to get competitive quickly on Lisbon’s stadium racetrack.
Posted on 27 Sep
Plenty to see at Auckland On Water Boat Show 2016 - Opens Thursday
At 10am on September 29, 2016, the four-day Auckland On Water Boat Show opens its doors at Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour At 10am on this Thursday - September 29, 2016, the four-day Auckland On Water Boat Show opens its doors. With over 180 exhibitors, the show encompasses a huge range of yachts, launches, powerboats, dinghies, tenders, jet-skis, paddle boards, kayaks and other watercraft, as well as offering marine services, marina sales, marine engines and electronics, and diverse chandlery and fishing products.
Posted on 27 Sep
Groupama Nouvelle-Caledonie Race - Top Kiwi racer takes line honours
TeamVodafoneSailing/Frank Racing has taken line honours in the 650nm Groupama Nouvelle-Caledonie Race. The New Zealand ORMA60 trimaran TeamVodafoneSailing/Frank Racing has taken line honours in the 650nm Groupama Nouvelle-Calendonie Race. She crossed the finish line at 10.33.12 on Tuesday morning, local time.
Posted on 27 Sep
Extreme Sailing Series - Lisbon joins the race to restore ocean health
Extreme Sailing Series™ organiser OC Sport is proud to announce that they have joined the race to restore ocean health Extreme Sailing Series™ organiser OC Sport is proud to announce that they have joined the race to restore ocean health with Sailors for the Sea’s Clean Regattas programme.
Posted on 27 Sep
Collinson FX Market Commentary - Sept 27 - Oil Production cuts?
The NZD was under pressure, with speculation of RBNZ cuts, adding to worrying trade data. The NZD was under pressure, with speculation of RBNZ cuts, adding to worrying trade data. The trade deficit widened, with a rise in Imports and a fall in Exports, spurred by the overvalued KIWI. The NZD fell to the low 0.72's, but regained some ground overnight, to trade above 0.7250.
Posted on 26 Sep
Les Voiles de St Tropez France – Day 1 images by Ingrid Abery
Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from day one Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from day one
Posted on 26 Sep