Please select your home edition
Edition
Bakewell-White Yacht Design

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

Zhik Yachting 660x82North Technology - Southern SparsPredictWind.com

Related Articles

Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 1 action-shots by Nico Martinez
Nico Martinez was on water at 2017 Quantum Key West Race Week, 52 Super Series and provided this gallery of images Photographer Nico Martinez was on water at 2017 Quantum Key West Race Week, 52 Super Series and provided this gallery of images from Day 1 action.
Posted today at 3:47 am
Double Bullets for Platoon spells a perfect start in Key West
For Harm Müller-Spreer and his international crew on Platoon, 2017 52 Super Series is off to the best possible start. For German owner-driver Harm Müller-Spreer and his international crew on Platoon, the 2017 52 Super Series is off to the best possible start. Under clear blue skies and in a meaty 15- to 20-knot breeze, the Platoon squad handily won the first two races of Quantum Key West Race Week, the first of six events in a nine-month 52 Super Series season.
Posted today at 3:23 am
52 Super Series, Azzurra starts with a third place
Azzurra begins the 2017 season in third place after first day of racing. Platoon is in the lead after getting two wins Azzurra begins the 2017 season in third place after the first day of racing. Platoon is in the lead after getting two wins, followed by Sled. Quantum is tied for fourth place with Ran followed by Bronenosec.
Posted today at 2:59 am
A Q&A with Dick Neville, Quantum Key West Race Week’s RC chairman
I caught up with Dick Neville, Race Committee chair for the Quantum Key West Race Week, to learn more about the event. For the past 30 years, international sailors have gathered in Key West, Florida, each January for Key West Race Week, a regatta that has achieved legendary status due to its calendar dates, its location, and the impressive level of competition and racecourse management that this storied event offers. I caught up with Dick Neville, Race Committee chair for this year’s Quantum KWRW, to learn more.
Posted on 16 Jan
Red Bull Youth America’s Cup brings top young sailors to Bermuda
An extensive trials process has taken place worldwide to identify the teams that will compete alongside the six teams An extensive trials process has taken place worldwide to identify the teams that will compete alongside the six teams affiliated to the full America’s Cup teams, overseen by Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher. Over 20 teams registered for the selection process, and the final six have now been confirmed, making a total fleet of 12 teams to compete in Bermuda in June 2017.
Posted on 16 Jan
Vendee Globe - Alex Thomson beats 24 hour world distance record
British sailor Alex Thomson has beaten the world sailing record for the second time in the Vendee Globe British sailor Alex Thomson has beaten the world sailing record for the second time in the Vendee Globe, travelling 536.81 nautical miles in 24 hours. The previous distance record of 534.48 nautical miles was set by Francois Gabart in the 2012 Vendee Globe, Thomson has sailed an additional 2.33 nautical miles.
Posted on 16 Jan
EFG Sailing Arabia – Team Averda focus on food in bid to nail victory
Herrera has come up with a secret weapon that he believes might prove the difference between winning and coming second. Herrera has put together a formidable team of amateur sailors who are talented enough to earn crew spots on some of the fastest boats on the planet.
Posted on 16 Jan
Vendee Globe – Thomson smashes 24-hour distance record
Thomson was among a fleet of 29 mostly French solo sailors that set off from Les Sables d'Olonne. During the 24-hour period running up to the 0800 UTC position report he sailed his racing boat Hugo Boss at an average speed of 22.4 knots, or 25.7mph.
Posted on 16 Jan
Vendee Globe - Amedeo leads quartet round Cape Horn
French skipper Fabrice Amedeo achieved one of his life goals early this morning by passing Cape Horn for the first time. French skipper Fabrice Amedeo achieved one of his life goals early this morning by passing Cape Horn for the first time. The 38-year-old Parisian journalist-turned-solo sailor rounded Cape Horn on the southernmost tip of South America on his IMOCA 60 Newrest Matmut at 0140 UTC to become the 11th Vendée Globe skipper in the Atlantic.
Posted on 16 Jan
Clipper Race - Excitement builds at Crew Brief Day
There was plenty of excitement as hundreds of Clipper 2017-18 Race crew members came together for the first time There was plenty of excitement as hundreds of Clipper 2017-18 Race crew members came together for the first time at the Crew Briefing.
Posted on 16 Jan