St. Barths (April 21, 2019) — Launched in 2010, Les Voiles de St. Barth is an event created specifically to keep the long, colorful history of racing on the island vibrant — building on Loulou’s Regatta back in the 1970’s with its 100 sailboats to the Transat AG2R, the Route du Rose, and the St Barth Bucket Regatta. The 2019 regatta marked the 10th anniversary and fielded scores of teams across nine classes, despite the remaining traces of hurricane Irma, which ravaged the island in September 2017.
Dominating the Maxi Class 2 for the third year was Windfall’s Michael “Mick” Cotter, who humbly attributes much of their success to luck, however this was Mick’s seventh Les Voiles. The Reichel/Pugh-designed production 94’ Windfall was built by Southern Wind, with interiors by Nauta Yachts, Milan and launched in 2013. Results
Summer Storm a Reichel/Pugh Marten 49 owned by Andrew Berdon took 1st place in CSA Class 2 with six perfect races. “It’s really nice to have a solid team that has sailed together before,” said Bannatyne, four-time Volvo Ocean Race winner. “As tactician and coach of the team, it’s nice that throughout the week I could challenge the crew with aggressive sail changes and such. They responded brilliantly, and it made a big difference for us.” Results
Sergio Sagramosa’s Melges 32 Lazy Dog won CSA Class 3 also with a perfect scoreline of six race wins to finish 10 points ahead of the fleet. Hope-Ross’ Melges 32 Kick ‘em Jenny 2 was 3rd. Results
In CSA class 5 Fritz Bus’s Melges 24 Team Island Water World took 2nd place. Results
The 2020 Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille is planned for April 12 – 18, 2020.
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