Posts Tagged ‘Les Voiles de St. Barth’

2018 Transat AG2R transatlantic sailing race

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

The incredible St. Barth La Transat AG2R LA MONDIALE

Life goes on in St. Barth. Some things have not changed and that is the Maritime traditions that continue to take place – Irma or no Irma. We had the CataCup, the St. Barth Bucket Regatta, Les Voiles de St. Barth, the West Indies Regatta, and now the biannual La Transat AG2R LA MONDIALE is on its 17th day of the race.

The Transat AG2R is a transatlantic sailing race that takes place every other year. The departure point is Concarneau Harbor in France, and the finish is Gustavia Harbor in St. Barth, a total of 3890 miles. Each boat has only two crew members and are identically equipped 33’ Figaro Bénéteau II single-hull sailboats. It is amazing that so many sailing buffs scramble to find sponsors, spend three to four weeks in cramped quarters with as few supplies as possible so as not to weigh them down, and risk getting on each other’s nerves big-time. The challenge for the crew is to take advantage of the wind while determining the best route.

For the 2018 Transat AG2R, 19 boats left Concarneau on April 22, 2018, heading off to St. Barth where the islanders intently follow their progress. This year is extra special because our very own St. Barth resident, Miguel Danet (The St. Barth Sailor), is racing on Le Macaron French Pastries sponsored boat with Eric Perron.

The St. Barth tean Miguel Danet (Left) and Eric Perron are very skilled sailors.

As of today, the first boat is very near St. Barth and Le Macaron French Pastries is in 8th place. No matter what time of day or night, many people jump in their own boats and chase out to Colombier to give each finisher a hero’s welcome and a personal escort into port. Each boat is welcomed in the same exuberant fashion, from the first to last. The final true celebration does not take place until the last place boat finishes. And then, what a celebration! Awards, food, drinks, music and dancing, all of which takes place on the Quai Général de Gaulle with everyone kissing one another and congratulating all of the exhausted crew members who successfully completed the race.

Follow the race here: http://player.georacing.com/player_ag2r2018/

Miguel and Eric, skippers on Le Macaron French Pastries race to the AG2r Transat finish in St. Barth

Les Voiles de St. Barth 2012; Full Moon party at La Plage restaurant at Le Tom Beach Hotel

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

No sooner did the St. Barth Bucket Regatta complete its race week when Les Voiles de St Barth’s third annual regatta began theirs. With 65 sail boats vying for the title the island was brimming with crew, owners and spectators and happily our villas and hotels were full. While the Bucket featured yachts over 100 ft, Les Voiles de St. Barth length requirement starts at 21 feet. There were 6 classes: Maxi – boats that are over 68 feet in length; Classics – over 35 years old; Spinnaker 1 & 2 – single-hull specialized racing boats, non Spinnaker – boats racing without a spinnaker; Multi-hulls, – racing catamarans and trimarans from 30 to 60 feet in length. This year there was a new class – IRC 52.

Les Voiles de St. Barth race into Lorient Bay

Les Voiles de St. Barth race into Lorient Bay

I am lucky because I could see these sailboats as they race in an out of Lorient Bay from my villa and the sight was spectacular. The hues of the crystal clear water enhanced the contrast between the colorful spinnakers billowing in the wind and the aquamarine sea. “The Village” for Les Voiles was located on the quai and it was very classy with chairs, tables, a bar and an elevated boutique of sorts that was selling all kinds of Gaastra clothing embroidered with the 2012 logos. (To give you an idea, a polo shirt was selling for 90 euros!) There was live entertainment on the stage each evening; Saturday night was the awards ceremony followed by a big party.

As I mentioned before the Gérant (General Manager) of my island office, Benoit Meesemaecker is an outstanding sailor. He crewed on a boat that placed in the Bucket and he was also a member of the crew on “Coors Light”, a Spinnaker 1 class sailboat. I am happy to report that Coors Light won first prize in their division. Congratulations! The funny part of this story is that they also won a free stay in one of our competitor’s villas!! Way to go Benoit!

Benoit (left) receives the first place trophy in the Spinnaker One class for their sailboat, Coors Light

Benoit (left) receives the first place trophy in the Spinnaker One class for their sailboat, Coors Light

Friday evening, Steve and I went to La Plage restaurant at Le Tom Beach hotel for dinner and their full moon party. The Dress Code was “All White” and the place was packed. We were treated to some entertainment on the beach including a guy who danced with fiery batons and a woman performing pole dancing. You really should include La Plage in your “must do” list while you are here. Our concierges can make the dinner reservation for you. – Lunch is a great “to be seen” scene too.

La Plage All-White Full Moon Party April 6 2012

La Plage All-White Full Moon Party April 6, 2012


La Plage Full Moon Party April 2012

This week I am in Sao Paulo Brazil for Travelweek, a tradeshow for luxury travel agents from South America. – Back in St. Barts next week.

Les Voiles de St. Barth begins

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

I am off to Sao Paulo Brazil for Travelweek where I am meeting with luxury travel agents for two days followed by a two day trade show with the Brazilian people. In the meantime, the second annual Les Voiles de St. Barth is underway. Organized by the St. Barth Yacht Club (SBP’s gérant (manager) Benoit Meesemaecker is the President) and sponsored by boat manufacturer, Richard Mille, the opening ceremony was fun. St. Barth’s President Bruno Magras gave the opening speech followed by a speech by Benoit. Even Jimmy Buffett gave a welcome speech. This annual event gets better and better.

Jimmy Buffett Welcome Speech at Les Voiles de St. Barth

Jimmy Buffett Welcome Speech at Les Voiles de St. Barth

SBP's Benoit Meesemaecker, President of the St. Barth Yacht Club

SBP's Benoit Meesemaecker, President of the St. Barth Yacht Club

Les Voiles de St. Barth April-04-2011

Les Voiles de St. Barth April-04-2011

The race began today and continues every day though Saturday. Over 55 boats have registered and there are 5 categories: Super/Maxi Yacht (9 boats) Classic (6 boats), Racing (15 boats), Racing-Cruising (23 boats), and Racing-Multihull (6 boats). Each evening there is a sound and light show followed by live music on the quai. You can buy some wonderful top quality commemorative clothing. And purchase a beer or a drink for only 3 euros apiece! Saturday evening April 09, 2011 is the awards ceremony followed by fireworks and live music.

Les Voiles de St. Barth 2011 Attire

Les Voiles de St. Barth 2011 Attire


You can follow the events via Livecam http://solutech.net/vsb/index1medium.html.

Les Voiles de St. Barth has become an annual event. Think about coming to St Barth in early April and join in the festivities. Better yet, why not come for the St. Barth Bucket towards the end of March and stay on for Les Voiles de St. Barth? Call us at 1-800-421-3396 or email reservations@stbarth.com .

Les Voiles sailboat

Les Voiles sailboat