Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad/Oracle Supplier

Les Voiles de Saint-Barth 2013 dates announced

by Sabina Mollart-Rogerson on 19 Sep 2012
Les Voiles de St. Barth 2013 © Christophe Jouany / Les Voiles de St. Barth http://www.lesvoilesdesaintbarth.com/
Les Voiles de Saint-Barth fourth edition is being held from eighth to 13th April 2013. It has taken just three years to get racers from around the world used to the concept of yachting for pleasure and to develop this passion. The passion for magnificent yachts, fine cruisers and elegant Maxis, the passion for the extraordinarily beautiful waters and the passion of the men, who bring these yachts to life. Owners, yachtsmen and sailors are all once again invited for a full week of racing dedicated to the joys of yachting and which will remain forever etched in their minds.

Fine races in windy conditions and in perfect sunshine on an endless variety of courses around the island of Saint Barth. The warm, friendly atmosphere ashore that enables visitors to share in the delights of a stylish Caribbean welcome. This addictive cocktail has won over many people since 2010 from Europe, of course, but also from the United States, Australia, New Zealand and from around the four corners of the Caribbean islands. Once again, for everyone concerned the 'Les Voiles de Saint-Barth' is the place to be...

Since the conclusion of the 2012 edition, the organizers of the fourth edition of 'Les Voiles de Saint-Barth,' François Tolède, Annelisa Gee and Luc Poupon, have been busy promoting 'Les Voiles de Saint-Barth' all around the world. From Antigua to Newport, from Porto Cervo to San Francisco and indeed next month they will be attending the Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, meeting up with skippers and owners to choose the best date for the 2013 event with a big change being planned for the maxi class. Separate rankings will be drawn up for the maxi-racing and maxi-racing/cruising categories. This separation approved by the owners and competitors in this class is aimed at attracting more entrants and making the racing even more thrilling.

Counting on the strong support of the faithful, historic partners, including in particular, the watchmaker Richard Mille (Headline partner) and the clothingmanufacturer, Gaastra (Official partner), the organizers are already able to guarantee the same standard of excellence and all the elements that made previous events so successful, with a friendly atmosphere, warm welcome, festivities and with racing that is able to take full advantage of these exceptional waters.

The world’s finest yachts, from classic boats to Maxis, often with leading figures from the world of offshore sailing and racing at the helm (Peter Holmberg, Ken Read, Bouwe Bekking, Gavin Brady, Lionel Péan,...), windy courses, which are both spectacular and attractive, an atmosphere back ashore dedicated to the finer things in life... the 'Les Voiles de Saint-Barth' will once again be bringing together the values of tradition and the passion for classic yachts with the impressive modernity of the most recent Racer- cruisers and Maxi Yachts, in order to offer all those who love beautiful boats, an event, which is now indelibly inscribed on the international yachting calendar.

George David (Rambler 90) 'The 'Les Voiles de Saint-Barth' is a truly remarkable event for many reasons. Firstly, this is a magnificent island, with some big mountains, which add to the complexity of the race courses. The Race Committee does an amazing job setting up these courses. Along the shoreline, the wind can become very irregular, so that means that there are a lot of manoeuvres to carry out and a lot of strategic choices to be made.

I’m pleased to see how this event has developed and grown. We can see today just how spectacular that growth is, as the event is already considered to be a Caribbean classic. The Maxi class is also developing remarkably well. This is a great event in a dream location for racing.'

Clay Deutsch (Defiance) 'This is the best event we’ve ever raced at. The arrangements on the island were amazing, as only the French are able to achieve. Defiance is a good all- round boat, which is easy to sail and which does well in every point of sail. The fight with Decision was thrilling. I’m very attracted to the IRC 52 class, as the standard of racing is extraordinary. There are some fantastic boats being built today between 40 and 56 feet in length. I’m currently thinking about the type of boat to choose for events like Saint-Barth'.

Lionel Péan (Sojana) 'This is the third time I have competed at the Les Voiles de Saint-Barth, and each time I enjoy myself just as much. There is the pleasure of sailing on a magnificent boat, Sojana and the pleasure of everything about this extraordinary island, with its sublime waters, and ability to welcome sailors. This is a place that is truly at one with the sea. You can sail here in a warm, carefree atmosphere. 'Les Voiles de Saint-Barth' has already become one of those rare events that are considered to be a must for racing, one of those places, where you simply have to sail, just as in Saint-Tropez is with the 'Voiles.'

Ken Read (Rambler 100) Les Voiles de Saint-Barth' remains a very exciting and fun event...it’s a moment that everyone looks forward to.'

Bouwe Bekking (Highland Breeze) 'I really enjoy being at the helm of a Maxi. The sailing conditions in Saint- Barth are absolutely fantastic with lots of wind, good seas and sunshine... I sincerely intend to return next year and with a competitive boat. This event has huge potential.'

Gavin Brady (Vesper) 'What I like in particular are the conditions that can be found here. You have to fight against the seas on the windward side of the island, but there is also some really enjoyable downwind sailing in excess of 20 knots. It is all very well balanced. It makes me think about the sort of conditions you encounter in Hawaii, with huge waves, strong winds and very warm seas; sheer enjoyment!'




Les Voiles de Saint Barth website

Barz Optics - FloatersNewport Boat Show 2016 660x82InSunSport - NZ

Related Articles

Vendée Globe – Yann Eliès and his team relaunch 60-ft IMOCA in Lorient
Yann is now on the final stretch before the event and will be taking part in the three training courses. Yann is now on the final stretch before the event and will be taking part in the three training courses organised at the Finistère Ocean Racing Centre in Port-la-Forêt (Brittany). He will also take part in the Azimut Trophy. Yann Eliès tells us about the work that has been done and what lies ahead in the final part of his preparation.
Posted today at 12:47 pm
Vendée Globe – A long trip between France and Iceland for Heerema
After completing two solo transatlantic crossings in the spring, Pieter Heerema is currently on his third major trip. After completing two solo transatlantic crossings in the spring, Pieter Heerema is currently on his third major trip. Thanks to this voyage from France to Iceland and back, the Dutch skipper is finding out more about No Way Back, the new generation IMOCA on which he will line up on 6th November
Posted today at 12:17 pm
Phoenix returns and Cayard is back for the TP52 World Championships
Richard Cohen will compete at the championships in Mahón, Menorca, with Phoenix, which will be skippered by Paul Cayard. The carefully assembled team includes a core group of sailors who have many years of experience in the class, but Cayard cautions that their initial objective is to learn and improve together in line with their long term goal, to be competitive on the 2017 52 Super Series.
Posted today at 11:52 am
Michael Marshall triumphs at J/22 World Championship
With a second place finish in Thursday’s only race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are the champions. Heading into the 10th and final race, Marshall and Chris Doyle were tied on points at 30. As the 41 teams arrived at CORK in the morning, the after effects of an overnight storm left breeze in the mid-20s, so the Race Committee postponed on shore.
Posted on 25 Aug
Best pictures of the first 4 Acts of the Extreme Sailing Series™
An influx of fresh talent have all added to the hype, but the greatest evolution is the replacement of the Extreme 40. An influx of fresh talent, new venues and a revised race format have all added to the hype, but the greatest evolution is the replacement of the Extreme 40 by a smaller, faster catamaran: the flying GC32.
Posted on 25 Aug
Return to Russia for the Extreme Sailing Series™
Joining the fleet as the season heads into its second half is Gazprom Team Russia, led by WMRT champion, Phil Robertson. With one week to go, the fleet returns to St Petersburg for the fifth Act of the season, presented by SAP, 35 of the world’s best sailors are getting their heads in the game and preparing for the one of the trickiest venues of the season so far.
Posted on 25 Aug
Marshall and Doyle tied on points at J/22 World Championship
By way of a victory in Wednesday’s third race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are tied at 30 points By way of a victory in Wednesday’s third race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are tied at 30 points with Chris Doyle, Will Harris and Adam Burns. Jeff Todd is still in the hunt in third place with 35 points.
Posted on 24 Aug
Debriefing the 2016 Rio Olympics—Sailing news North America and beyond
Editorial Editorial
Posted on 23 Aug
The Clipper Race turns 20!
Throughout the race, tales of crew celebrating birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion Throughout the race, tales of Clipper Race crew celebrating their birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion, likely to remain a completely unique event in their lifetime.
Posted on 23 Aug
A magnificent fleet gathers in Cowes for Etchells World Championship
58 teams from all over the world have entered the championship, hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club. Twenty teams are from Great Britain and a dozen each from Australia and the United States of America. Four entries are from Hong Kong and as far afield as: Bermuda, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.
Posted on 22 Aug