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Les Voiles de St Barth 2019 | A Spectacle of Sails

by Ingrid Hale

The 10th edition of Les Voiles de St Barth hosted 1200 sailors on the Caribbean island this past weekend. The regatta takes place over five days; with the 80 competing boats divided into nine classes according to their technical specifications. This year saw record numbers of entries compete in both the multihull and spinnaker classes.

For the third year in a row, SW94 Windfall achieved a first place in the Maxi 2 Class and a well-deserved second place overall. JV72 Sorcha won first place in the overall Maxi Class. Liquid took first place in the CSA Class, with South African Mike Giles on board.

“I joined the team with little time to spare so we compiled a list of improvements we could make before the regatta started, mainly modifications around the mast set up, boat preparations, etc. We only had two days of getting to know each other and to identify areas that could be fine-tuned. Day one of racing ended with us in 2nd place. I was very confident that we could find the time delta on the race course by chipping away at the basics and improving on the points, communication channels and the decisions we took around the race course. From the second day onwards, we finished 1st in every race and went on to secure the win for Pam and her team on Liquid. It was a fun week and I am sure the guys will have moved up a few gears for next on the Calendar, the Antigua Race.”

See full results here

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