Close to 80 crews will be racing in Les Voiles de St. Barth for four days starting on Tuesday. Since the event was created, it has never seen so many boats on the starting line. The proof: 13 boats in 2010, 50 in 2011, 56 in 2012, 63 in 2013, and 68 in 2014. “Les Voiles de St. Barth has attracted a larger number of competitors each year, including some of the best boats on the planet,” said François Tolède, the event and race director. “As a result, the quality of the roster is exceptional this year, and the regatta is now firmly anchored as one of the top nautical events in the Caribbean.”
Among the last boats to register are Tinaquim, Felipe Costa’s Hanse 57 and Timbarelo III, Eduardo Perez’ Gunboat G4, which is none other than the first racing catamaran with foils designed by the DNA design team (The Netherlands). Recently, not too far from St. Barths, Timbarelo III did some promising test runs, reaching 29.7 knots in 18 knots of wind.
“The challenge for this type of competition is to always attract more boats from around the world, without forgetting those that have been with us since the beginning,” explains event director François Tolède. “After our fifth anniversary last year, we hope that this 6th edition will be a big success at sea, as well as on shore, with as much of a challenge, the same emotional impact, and excitement!"
Les Voiles de Saint Barth 2015 have some great surprises up its sleeves, with the presence of nautical celebrities, a majestic flotilla of boats, and a roster of festive events on offer every day.
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Les Voiles de St. Barth has attracted a larger number of competitors each year, including some of the best boats on the planet.