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In April, the island of St. Barthélemy will be hosting their young, but incredibly successful regatta again. Begun in 2010, this stunningly beautiful island will be celebrating the 11th edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth. And with its perfect sailing conditions for competitive racing, fine dining and incredible beaches, this is not one to miss.
High performance boats with crews made up of some of the best international sailors will be returning to the turquoise waters around St. Barths for five days of challenging, yet diverse race courses. Expect to be a part of close battles in all classes, in every race, with suspense right up to the finishing line.
There is a choice of 26 possible courses ranging from 17 to 60 miles, with the decision of which course to race being dependent on the weather. The plan is two races a day, without starting too early or finishing too late, reflecting the laid back atmosphere of the island.
Afterwards, there’s a schedule of special events and evening concerts for the sailors as well as the local population. The Port of Gustavia will be the hub of the fun and festivities with a central Race Village catering for the competitors. There is also the signature Lay Day in the middle of the regatta spent at the famous Nikki Beach where you can soak up the Classic French lifestyle in the middle of the Caribbean.
All of these elements come together to create this ‘must-do’ event which makes up Les Voiles de Saint-Barth.
We will be based in the marina around Gustavia, St Barth. The nearest airport is the Gustaf III Airport, which is a small local airport that will fly to the larger islands of St Maarten and Guadeloupe for international flights.
Meet on the boat on 14th April 2023 for training.
Arrival in Gustavia, St Barth for a welcome onto the boat at the marina. This is when you will meet your skipper and your fellow crew and go over the safety brief and the race program. You’ll spend the rest of the day preparing the boat and getting to know the rest of the crew to help build you all into a unique racing team.
The bar in the Race Village will be open and there will be live music from 7pm as a nice unwind after your four days of training.
After breakfast, there will be a full day of making any last minute enhancements to the boat. By the end of today you should all be feeling happy with the boat and with working together as a team.
At 6pm the Opening Ceremony will be held at Quai de Gaulle and from 7:30pm, there will be more live music to enjoy.
Fill up with a hearty breakfast as today is what you’ve you’ve been preparing for. Today is Race Day 1 for Les Voiles De St Barth. Time for any last tweeks to boat or crew before the race kicks off at 12pm. Then the evening is celebrated with prize giving from 6pm and live music from 7:30pm.
It’s an earlier start to the races today with a 10am kick off and an evening of prize giving and live music.
After an early breakfast, it’s another 10am race start. After this evenings prize giving there will be a Crew Party on Shell Beach which is open to everyone from 6:30pm. Enjoy your evening of socialising!
A free day to see the sights and embrace the culture of St Barth.
Hope you didn’t go too crazy with your day off as it’s another 10am start for the penultimate Race Day 4, with the days prize giving in the evening and a live concert from 7:30pm.
This is the last chance to push yourselves and have a great last racing day. It’s another 10am race start. Prize giving is at the usual time of 6pm, with the Awards Ceremony starting at 7pm, fireworks at 8:15pm and live music from 8:30pm. It should be a fabulous evening in the race village to wrap up celebrations on another successful Les Voiles De St Barth.