Posts Tagged ‘Sailing’

St. Barts is for Sailors Who Love to Race

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

John Casey, who is the U.S. Multihull Champion, has fallen in love with St. Barts, too! I am pleased to present his first guest blog with hopes of more to come.

John Casey (left) with racing partner Dalton Tebo

John Casey (left) with racing partner Dalton Tebo

With St. Barthélemy’s rich sailing tradition, being discovered by Columbus in 1493 and used by French pirates to stash Spanish galleon spoils, the eight square mile island has remained a number one world sailing destination.

When I first arrived from Florida in 2009 to sail in the prestigious catamaran regatta, the CataCup, I was taken aback by how unique the island actually was compared to other Caribbean destinations. There was not a piece of trash anywhere. There was no McDonald’s or Subway. There were no people milling around with nothing to do. It felt like a productive island. We arrived at an open island villa built on the side of the mountain. It felt as if the structure itself admired the view as much as I did. At that exact time I thought, “This is a place for me!”

The next year, 2010, I came back to race the CataCup and we improved to first place! Then I really thought it was a place for me. During that regatta Peg and I decided to create the St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty sailing team. I thought it was a perfect fit. St. Barth is one of the loveliest sailing locations in the world with its green way of living and rich sailing history. Peg and St. Barth Properties have been winning as many awards as hotel and villa specialists as I have for sailboat racing, so it was easy for us to develop a winning strategy.

Our eye on success was unwavering and last year the St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty sailing team earned a second place in the CataCup against world champion and Olympic competition.

This year we are back stronger than ever! We have a new boat, new sails and a continued great relationship.

A big thanks to Peg and the St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty team for helping us live our dream!

John Casey
St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty Sailing Team
U.S. Multihull Champion

Have You Ever Sailed Around St. Barth?

Friday, April 8th, 2011

I first discovered St. Barth and fell in love with it in 1986. Can you believe it has taken me 25 years to finally sail around the island? It was certainly worth the wait.

Sailing-around-SBH-March-31-2011

Sailing around St. Barth on March 31, 2011

We are fortunate to have so many wonderful clients and even more fortunate that lots of them return to St. Barts time and again and have become good friends. Two such people, Tim and Cathy who usually stay at Villa Crystal Dream over Christmas, came back here for The Bucket. They stayed at Villa Datcha while their friends stayed at Villa The View (what a great spot for Bucket viewing!). This time Tim and Cathy decided to also charter a sailboat as they love boating and they thought it would be fun to be in the water while the sailing yachts were in the heat of the race. SBP VP Tom Smyth was thrilled to be able to go out with them twice while he was here and Tom, who is a motorboat person, was amazed at how much fun sailing can be.

Tim, Cathy, Peg and Steve

Tim, Cathy, Peg and Steve

Last week Tim and Cathy called the office and invited the SBP staff to go for an afternoon sail on the Cookielicious (love the name!). As we need to keep the office open and ready for our clients, only Magda, our Concierge, Maï, one of our Villa Specialists, Steve and I were able to go. We met Tim and Captain Mike by the Wall House dock at precisely 1:00 pm and, much to my dismay, we had to get into a dinghy to head out to the boat. When we got there, there were swells. It took me at least 4 attempts to get myself out of that dinghy and onto Cookielicious (not at all gracefully either!). It was worth it. She is a 72 foot Oyster and very beautiful; she features a living area, great kitchen, 3 cabins and 3 baths.

Cookieliscious

Cookielicious

Charlotte, the first mate, had prepared some wonderful munchies which we enjoyed along with a Carib and a sumptuous glass of Sancerre blanc. Time to set sail; we headed out of the harbor past Public, Corossol and Colombier. The wind was just right and the day was perfect. We sailed clockwise and as we rounded the point of Colombier, the boat began to heel; we assumed our positions and held on to our seats. We sailed by Flamands, St. Jean, Lorient, Pointe Milou, Mont Jean, Marigot, Grand Cul de Sac and Petit Cul de Sac. Then we made a turn and headed towards Toiny before passing Grand Fond, Saline and Gouverneur. Just after that we made another turn and suddenly we had the wind at our backs and it was smooth sailing from there. We passed Shell Beach and the next thing we knew we were back at our mooring. It took a little less than three hours.

Sailing around St. Barth

Rear: Tim, First Mate Charlotte, Captain Michael, Cathy
Front: Villa Specialist Mai, Peg, Concierge Magda

We sipped a farewell glass of wine and enjoyed a few hors d’oeuvres before (reluctantly) heading back to dry land. (My exit from Cookielicious to the dinghy was a little more refined, I might add.) Thank you for a wonderful afternoon, Tim and Cathy!

I had never seen the island from this perspective and it is amazing to marvel at just how much of St. Barth remains unspoiled and undeveloped. Being on a sailboat is so relaxing. No noise or fumes makes for a very pleasant ride. If you would like to try it, we have several options available for you. A private full day charter can be arranged by motor yacht, catamaran or sailboat. If you prefer a shorter trip, half day charters are also available. You can also join a group for a full day, half day or sunset cruise. Our Concierges Julia and Magda make all the arrangements for guests Of St. Barth Properties. Email concierge@stbarth.com.