Setting a course for the 10th Edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille
With the turquoise waters of the Caribbean’s paradise island preparing to host the 10 th edition from 14 – 20 April 2019, the regatta is proud to sport a new name: Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille. In 2010 two sailing enthusiasts, François Tolède and Luc Poupon, created Les Voiles de St. Barth. The… View Article
With the turquoise waters of the Caribbean’s paradise island preparing to host the 10 th edition from 14 – 20 April 2019, the regatta is proud to sport a new name: Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille.
In 2010 two sailing enthusiasts, François Tolède and Luc Poupon, created Les Voiles de St. Barth. The event’s humble beginning hosted 13 boats but together with Richard Mille, they set the foundation to become one of the finest regattas in the Antilles Arc. The new title designation testifies to the power of this wonderful partnership.
Incredible Racing, World-Class Shoreside Hospitality in a Dream Setting
Over the past nine years, nearly 500 boats and thousands of professional and amateur sailors on high-performance yachts have enjoyed the magic elixir of close competitive racing, casual and classy après sailing social activities and soaking up the warm Saint Barth hospitality. Many of these sailors come from northern climates hungry for the Caribbean sun and warm breeze, and all agree Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille has the right combination in place to deliver an incredible week.
The biggest names in sailing have graced the stage from Americans Ken Read, Cam Lewis, Terry Hutchinson and Dutchman Bouwe Bekking, with Lionel Péan and Loïck Peyron just a few of the French talent on board each year.
“For this anniversary edition, we’re inviting all the historical participants to come back and embrace the magic of Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille. Help us celebrate our 10th anniversary in style,” said François Tolède.
Highlight on the 2019 Maxi Racing Calendar; An Important Year for the Multihulls
Boasting an increasingly large fleet of Maxis attending the Richard Mille Maxi Cup, the event has unquestionably gained momentum. According to Benoît de Froidmont, president of the International Maxi Association:
“I’d say that Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille is a subtle blend of Saint Tropez and Porto Cervo — with its own Caribbean style,” said de Froidmont. “On shore we find the charm of Saint Tropez and an extraordinary festival spirit. On the water, we navigate a landscape of heavenly islets akin to La Maddalena. Saint Barth’s is a superb stretch of water offers up excellent sailing and wind conditions for the Maxi Yachts. This type of course has great appeal as it’s both varied and technical. To win, you need a combination of tactics and great navigational skill, which is what makes it so popular.”
The regatta’s multihull fleet also continues to grow, and the regatta is now considered a “must attend” event on their racing calendar. Race Director Luc Poupon aims to the best possible welcome for the multihulls by adapting the race categories and courses.
The 2019 fleet will be further bolstered by those boats currently participating in the Route du Rhum, which will be keen to round off their singlehanded transatlantic passages with some sociable crewed races.
New in 2019: A Switch to the IRC rule for the Maxis and Maxi 72s
The IRC rule is used in regattas around the world, from the Giraglia to the RORC 600. And now, Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille will join these world-class events and use IRC for the Maxis and Maxi 72s to help create consistency across the circuits.