The 7th edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth came to a close on April 18… Relive this intense week of competition with our “best-of” video, a selection of the most beautiful photos taken of the races and fun ambiance on shore, plus comments from the winners.
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WHAT THEY SAID:
Comments from some of the 2016 winners:
Stu Bannatyne, winner of the Maxi 1 class aboard Proteus (Maxi 72): “At the end, we made good choices and sailed past Momo. They were stopped by a total lack of wind. Comanche was also literally stopped a few meters from the finish line. That helped our cause, for sure. The race committee made a good decision to shorten the course by a mile, or it would have been too difficult otherwise. In any case, we are really thrilled to have won the 7th edition of Les Voiles de Saint-Barth, especially after such a great duel with Momo.”
Paul Mc Dowell, winner in the Maxi 2 class on Prospector (Farr CM 60): “We went into the last race of the regatta tied for first with the Volvo 65 Team Brunel, sailed by Boewe Bekking (second in the last Volvo Race), so we knew we had a tough challenge to beat them. It was a pretty straightforward thing: either we beat them and we win the regatta or they beat us and they win. It was a match race for us; although, they are quite a bit faster, so we just hoped to stay as close as we could and find a way to get that extra two or three minutes to win the regatta. This is our very first time to Les Voiles. We’ve done a lot of the ‘bucket list” regattas, but this is by far the most fun we’ve had. It has been spectacular, and to come out with a victory is a tremendous success for us as a Corinthian team (representing Shelter Island Yacht Club from the United States).”
Sergio Sagramoso, winner in the CSA 2 on Lazy Dog (Melges 32): “I can’t think of a better place to have no wind; I was kind of hoping there’d be no racing (laughs). But really, we fought the whole way today; Dingo (which finished second) and us, we switched places a lot, and we did not know until the last second. We were first almost to the end, but then we sailed into the hole. They beat us over the line but we had enough corrected time to beat them. Luckily, we were at the beginning of the hole and were able to escape easily, but most of fleet was there for an hour.”
Daniel Figueirido, winner in the CSA 2 class on Humildad Zero (Soto 53): “This victory is important for us because Les Voiles de St. Barth is the best race of the Caribbean. We had the ambition to win, and we did it. It is a great satisfaction for us.”
PHOTO GALLERIES 2016:
All of us at Les Voiles de St. Barth invite you to register now for the 8th edition of the regatta, April 10-15, 2017!
* Image credits: Christophe Jouany