!Ten Fine Winners!
7 ieme edition 'Les Voiles de Saint-
On Saturday final race at Les Voiles de St. Barth was riveting to watch, especially during the first beat and at the finish. The wind, like yesterday, was light, but unlike yesterday, just strong enough for officials to actually get off a race, and that pleased the hundreds of sailors competing here. Going into today, which was the fifth day of the regatta and the fourth scheduled for racing, many were in precarious positions on the scoreboard and needed to outwit their closest competitors to pick up a position or two to make top-
The course – at 20 nautical miles for Maxis 1 and 2, CSA 0 and Multihulls, and 17 miles for CSA 1 through 4 plus Melges 24 and Class 40 – ran counter-
At the start, the six-
Unfortunately for Momo, which led its class the entire way around the island, a huge windless hole awaited them near the finish, and the Maxi 72 Proteus, with which they were tied for first place, was able to sail around them and put 20 boat lengths on them in the end.
“It’s a cliché, but it’s never over until it’s over, “said Stu Bannatyne, a Volvo Ocean Race six-
For his team’s impressive performance over the course of the regatta, Proteus owner George Sakellaris was presented with an RM 60-
Vesper’s tactician Gavin Brady said his team didn’t get off the start line as well as they would have liked, but finding the wind near shore opened up the big lead for them, one which they managed to keep throughout the race. “It was one of those races where we could have done all that hard work and lost it with 100 meters to go. We had to drift across the finish line, so that was a bit nerve wracking, but luckily the race committee finished the race one mark before they normally would have.”
This is Vesper’s fourth victory at Les Voiles, and Brady said the team feels very at home here. “Some events are not as much fun on land, but this place is special on the water and off the water. It hasn’t been a windy Les Voiles, but it has been a lot of really hard technical light-
Winners in Other Classes:
Maxi 2, Farr CM60 Prospector, co-
CSA 1, Melges 32 Lazy Dog, skipper Sergio Sagramoso: “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.
CSA 2, Soto 53 Humilidad Zero, owner Daniel Figueirido: “We are super happy! It was very hard today because of the very light wind, which is not simple to manage with our heavy boat. We have had a very nice regatta, but until the last moment, we doubted ourselves to win. In the end, we have three first places in three races. That's great. 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.”
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