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