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Les Voiles de St. Barth - 1,000 sailors to attend fifth edition

by Fabrice Thomazeau on 4 Apr 2014
Les Voiles de Saint Barth 2013 © Tim Wright / Les Voiles de St Barth http://www.lesvoilesdesaintbarth.com/
Since the Les Voiles de St. Barth was created in 2010, it has continued to attract international racers to what has become, in just five years, a key stop on the Caribbean racing calendar. From April 14 - 19, sailors from around the world will gather in Gustavia, St. Barth’s main port. Owners, skippers and top crew – who have competed in the world’s leading regatta events – will be coming from Europe, the United States, New Zealand and Australia. All look forward to the delights of racing in a hotly-contested competition and to enjoying the famous festive atmosphere.

The 2014 edition promises to be a record-breaking event with record numbers competing; 70 boats are registered and a thousand sailors are expected to attend. The presence of eight maxis, prestigious boats that offer a fantastic show, is a huge satisfaction to the organisers.

But within the six classes taking part, the Spinnaker class stands out too, with no fewer than 35 boats, between 32 and 60 feet in length, that are among the most competitive boats in the Caribbean. They come to St. Barth fully prepared for racing and are often sailed by internationally renowned sailors.


A distinguished yachtsman, Peter Harrison is a perfect example of the spirit that motivates those taking part in their quest for victory: a win that is increasingly sought after at Les Voiles. He is coming to St. Barth at the helm of Jolt 2, a 45-foot Reichel Pugh-designed Baltic, that has been fine-tuned by his top class crew, made up chiefly of British sailors and New Zealanders, veterans of several America’s Cup campaigns. 'We so enjoyed Les Voiles de St. Barth last year that we have decided to come back,' explained Harrison. 'The standard of the competitors in the Maxi, Mini Maxi and 52-foot class is incredible. Whether we are racing against them or within sight of them it is very enjoyable. The standard of the crews seems to improve each year. We are looking forward to some fantastic racing, as well as some pleasurable moments ashore, particularly during the lay day festivities. We are pleased to be part of what has become a must in the racing calendar.'

With the Swans, X Yachts, Ker, Grand Soleil and Baltic boats, the battle is likely to be exciting and a pleasure to see. The excellent results obtained by American Jim Madden’s J/125 StarkRaving Mad IV, shows the standard of preparation and the determination of the competitors in this group, which is the strongest in terms of quantity and quality in the line-up for this fifth edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth.

American Ken Read summed up the magic of the moment very well when he achieved victory in 2012 aboard Rambler: 'With each change of tack, you discover an even more magnificent seascape.'


The infinite beauty of the islands offers countless opportunities for technical and tactical race courses for all competitors. The cocktail so elegantly organised by the organizers brings together the delights of yachting and the incomparable assets of the island. This is without any doubt one of the reasons why Les Voiles is successful, as they have really understood and included what seasoned competitors are looking for, bringing together the enjoyment of the sea and the finer side of life ashore.

The Swiss on the IRC 52 Near Miss arrived in the Caribbean from the Mediterranean only a few weeks ago and have not had much time to settle in. However, in the recent 2014 edition of the St.Thomas International Regatta, which took place in the turquoise waters of St. Thomas in the U.S.Virgin Islands, Franck Noël and Benoit Briand and their crew managed six wins in seven races to walk away with an overall class win. The duel they will be fighting against the Botin-designed Balearia, another boat that is used to all the tactical nuances of sailing around the islands, promises to be exciting.

French sailor Bertrand de Broc, a Vendée Globe hero, will be competing at Les Voiles de St. Barth at the helm of his TS 50 catamaran Pampero. He will be in direct competition with Régis Guillemot, who will be sailing aboard the TS 50 Hallucine.


De Broc said, 'I know the finishing line in St. Barth having crossed it seven times at the finish of the Transat AG2R. It is a paradise setting, both in terms of its fine racing and welcoming atmosphere for partners, enabling them to discover what it is like to sail in this exceptional location. I’m very lucky to be here. I have heard a lot of good things about the race courses and the organisation of Les Voiles de St. Barth, where people come for the intense racing, but also for the friendly atmosphere ashore.'

If you don’t want to miss anything at Les Voiles wherever you are, you can download the Les Voiles de St. Barth application for free on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad from the iTunes App store, in order to find all information on the event, the list of competitors, the program, partners and Event website

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