In Saint Barth, 70 of the Caribbean’s most beautiful yachts and their crews set their bearings for the port of Gustavia in Saint Barth for this sporting and festive event, among one of the most anticipated in the region. Following light and technically challenging winds on Tuesday and Wednesday, the last two days of the race were livened up by a warm twenty-five knot wind with strong gusts which even saw one yacht losing its mast.
Maxi Yacht refers to a prototype or small series of boats featuring technological progress recently developed on offshore racing boats and combining aesthetics and comfort. There is no rule lengthwise to define a Maxi. 68 ft seems to be the minimum length required for a boat to be considered as a Maxi.
This category is open to crews who decided to race without spinnaker for more convenience. Organizers thus confirm their willingness to open
Les Voiles de St Barth to all yachting lovers, from occasional sailors to professional crews. The class allows the least experienced crews to compete safely with the rest of the fleet on a rather demanding sailing area.
The Melges 24s are sailboats developed by 1992 America’s Cup winner Buddy Melges. His idea was to create a boat benefiting from the last technological progress in order to guarantee the best upwind and downwind performances. He created a one-design boat. The Melges 24 (24 ft), typically sailed by a crew of 4 or 5, comes up with a lot of innovations (carbon fiber mast, spar and keel fin). The Melges 24 is a lightweight and high performing sportboat featuring a large sailing area: 670 sq ft asymmetrical spinnaker, a 264 sq ft mainsail and a 126 sq ft jib.