Events

Les Voiles de Saint Barth

14 April 2014 - 19 April 2014

Even as a child, I was fascinated by sailing and this passion has never left me. I admire all the developments needed to design a sailboat, and that constant search for aerodynamic performance and lightweight yet resistant materials. There is a real parallel between watchmaking and sailing. Many hours of R&D are needed to design a Mille watch, and just like in the shipyard, our watches are created by human hands, passion and expertise. Les Voiles de St Barth pays homage to these extraordinary nautical creations and I am pleased to be the Principal Partner of this event once again in 2015.

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Even as a child, I was fascinated by sailing and this passion has never left me. I admire all the developments needed to design a sailboat, and that constant search for aerodynamic performance and lightweight yet resistant materials. There is a real parallel between watchmaking and sailing. Many hours of R&D are needed to design a Mille watch, and just like in the shipyard, our watches are created by human hands, passion and expertise. Les Voiles de St Barth pays homage to these extraordinary nautical creations and I am pleased to be the Principal Partner of this event once again in 2015.

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.

73 modern vessels competing over five categories—Maxi, Spinnaker, Non Spinnaker, Melges 24 and Racing Multihull—are expected to take part in this year’s Les Voiles de St Barth, which will see the much-anticipated face-off between the flat Kouyoumdjian Rambler 88, owned by George David, and the Comanche, owned by Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark, designed by VPLP Verdier and helmed by Ken Read. The two carbon Maxi Yachts, scheduled to meet for the very first time in St. Barths, are sure to put on a show.

73 modern vessels competing over five categories—Maxi, Spinnaker, Non Spinnaker, Melges 24 and Racing Multihull—are expected to take part in this year’s Les Voiles de St Barth, which will see the much-anticipated face-off between the flat Kouyoumdjian Rambler 88, owned by George David, and the Comanche, owned by Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark, designed by VPLP Verdier and helmed by Ken Read. The two carbon Maxi Yachts, scheduled to meet for the very first time in St. Barths, are sure to put on a show.

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.

MAXI

This class is open to monohulls designed for inshore and offshore racing. These fast boats are mainly built using carbon and composites materials.
Their large high-tech sailing area requires a large crew for hiking. The popular Spinnaker category is divided in groups, depending on the number of entries.

SPINNAKER

This class is open to monohulls designed for inshore and offshore racing. These fast boats are mainly built using carbon and composites materials.
Their large high-tech sailing area requires a large crew for hiking. The popular Spinnaker category is divided in groups, depending on the number of entries.

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.

NON SPINNAKER

This class is open to fast and lightweight 20 to 70 ft racing multihulls (catamarans and trimarans).
It was impossible for Les Voiles de St Barth not to invite them, as the Caribbean always welcomed them with great pleasure.

MULTICOQUES

This class is open to fast and lightweight 20 to 70 ft racing multihulls (catamarans and trimarans).
It was impossible for Les Voiles de St Barth not to invite them, as the Caribbean always welcomed them with great pleasure.

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.

MELGES 24

IRC 52 class is open to racing cruising units, racers and prototypes.

IRC 52

IRC 52 class is open to racing cruising units, racers and prototypes.

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