All the finals at Les Voiles de St. Barth >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Saint Barthélemy (April 23, 2022) – While four classes had mathematically locked Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille after yesterday’s race, no one missed the chance for a final 24-36 mile race around the beautiful Saint Barthélemy.

Vesper, Pata Negra, Mach Schnell and Crybaby in Maxi, CSA 5, Offshore Multihull and Diam 24 OD respectively, took full advantage of the day while each taking another first place and their overall victories. By winning the Maxi class, Vesper also won the Richard Mille Maxi Cup trophy.

In the remaining classes, two distinct groups emerged: today’s race as the last critical opportunity to capitalize on and secure an overall victory in the CSA 1, 2 and CSA multihull classes; or it presented the opportunity to further cement their position on the podium, as was the case in CSA 3, 4 and 6.

Richard Mille, five-time winner of the Voiles de St. Barth, American Jim Swartz and company won the Maxi class with their JV 72 Vesper and won the Richard Mille RM 028 Richard Mille Automatic Diver Watch.

“It’s been a joy to be back racing, and it’s one of my favorite events,” said Swartz, who named the Maxi after James Bond’s true love, Vesper. “All credit to the competitors for a great week of racing; it’s great to be back on the water and racing again. Saint Barths is unbeatable for delivering incredible conditions that challenge teams at all levels.

“The reason I love this sport and I love it at this level is the camaraderie and the teamwork. That’s what drew me to sailing.

The Santa Barbara, Calif.-based team aboard the chartered Lombard 46 Pata Negra never let go of the top spot throughout CSA 5’s six-race regatta.

“The crew did a very, very good job all week, they don’t need me!” joked Girod, who sailed for the first time today after injuring his back before the start of the race. “I was happy to be back behind the wheel today and we won again.

“It’s a great team, we all get along very well. It’s our second big win in the last six months. We won six of the seven Big Boat Series races (in San Francisco, CA); and six more races here, so we feel pretty good about that. We will certainly have several celebrations.

For CSA Racing Multihull, Brieuc Maisonneuve from France emerged victorious with Addictive Sailing.

“It was a battle all along with the Arawak team but also with Chaud Patate who came very strong at the end,” said Maisonneuve. “It was really very exciting! It’s the first time the boat has raced at Les Voiles, and a new team was put together at the last moment.

“We had never sailed together before the start. We all had fun racing together and it was incredible to sail with Lionel Péan, who is a monster of experience. Thanks to him, we all learned a lot on board.

In CSA 1, the two 52s exchanged blows with Caro, Maximilian Klink’s Botin 52, maintaining his overall lead over Peter Harrison’s TP 52 Jolt 3. In CSA 2, Arabella was unable to race due to yesterday’s unfortunate dismasting; Lazy Dog, skippered by Sergio Sagramoso emerged victorious.

For St. Thomas-based Peter Corr and his Blitz team, this year’s CSA 4 victory is very special given a three-year break from the last race in St. Barths between the pandemic hiatus of two years and when in 2019 the Summit 40 suffered an unexpected end to its Les Voiles regatta before it could even begin. During the delivery from Saint-Thomas to Saint-Barth, the boat ran aground and seriously damaged the hull in several places.

“It’s really adorable,” said Corrs, nine-time Voiles de St. Barth veteran Richard Mille. “I waited and waited to come back. We were in a big class; everyone ran really well. We arrived early to practice and I felt really good about everything going on in the event.

Today’s weather exceeded the forecast 10-12 knots and delivered 14-18 knots from the northeast. Corr said conditions varied widely, depending on where they were on the course. “We had big variations in wind speed and angle,” Corr noted. “Lots of heads, and it was hard to make the calls when to take advantage or expect them. Full credit to our tactician Darren Jones. I do what he says, when he says to do it.

In CSA 3, Jim Madden and the Swan 601 Stark Raving Mad VII knew they had to play the game today or risk opening a window of opportunity for another Swan competitor, the new Om II 58 from Shahid Hadid.

“Congratulations to Om II,” Madden said. “They absolutely deserved yesterday’s victory and sailed this boat very well. We had to go out there and not make any mistakes today. If we had gotten a DSQ or had broken something during the race, they would have won.

The 11th edition of the Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille took place from April 18 to 23.

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Source: Laura Muma

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