Thursday, November 18th, 2010
Superyachts Get New Caribbean Racing Event
The Voiles de Saint-Barth is become a regular fixture on the Caribbean racing calendar and setting itself up to become one of the major events of the season.
The event was tried as a one off last year and a second is scheduled to run from the 4th to 9th April 2011, but the news from organisers confirms that this will not be the last one.
Peter Holmberg, the award winning race boat skipper based in the US Virgin Islands, an Olympic medallist and America’s Cup winner, took part in the very first Voiles de Saint-Barth sailing aboard the ketch Sojana.
He is now working within the Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) to promote the event. With 25 boats already signed up, the aim of seeing sixty taking part next April is in the process of being fulfilled.
Sportswear specialist, Gaastra, Taittinger champagnes, Rémy Cointreau and Mount Gay rum, along with the famous red cap are all signed up as sponsors as are: The Banque des Antilles Françaises, the Guanahani & Spa hotel, the St Barth Hoteliers’ Association the St Barth Tourist Board.
Multihull craft are also invited, and the organisers have opened up the event to the dynamic and international Class 40 monohulls, many of which are taking part in the famous Route du Rhum.