Ready to Launch!
“The island was traumatized on all levels—material, human, and economic—but there is an incredibly strong sense of solidarity in Saint Barth, which allowed us to rapidly get back on our feet. That is why we are able to produce the 2018 edition of Les Voiles de Saint-Barth in the best possible conditions this April. Understandably, certain aspects of the infrastructure were badly damaged and we will probably have slightly fewer boats than in past years. But our goal today is to promote a return to normal and move on to other things,” declare Les Voiles’ organizers François Tolède and Luc Poupon.
“The desire is there, on our part, as well as that of the sailors,” assure the organizers, who in producing the regatta with their sponsors and staff, decided to concentrate on the fundamentals, with more solidarity, more conviviality, and also more competition. As a result, the regatta will now have two exciting new aspects: a fifth day of racing and the inauguration of a new class!
One Of The Top Caribbean Regattas
The unique spirit of competition and conviviality that defines this regatta, at sea as well as on shore, attracts an increasing number of competitors each year, including some of the biggest stars in the world of sailing.
Today, the quality of the fleet for Les Voiles is exceptional, and the regatta is solidly anchored as one of the top sailing events in the Caribbean.
Some of the top names in sailing,
The roster includes some of the top names in sailing, such as Frenchmen Lionel Péan, Loic Peyron, Marc Guillemot, and Bertrand De Broc. From the international scene come Ken Read, Cam Lewis, Terry Hutchinson…
Close to 1,200 sailors of over 20 different nationalities gather each year for the four days of intense competition, in a festive, friendly ambiance… All set against the magnificent backdrop of the island of Saint Barthélemy.