Glittering waters, sunlit skies and constant breeze created an ideal Caribbean backdrop the stacked competition that took toward starting line for time one of rushing at Les Voiles de St. Barth.
The 65 ships, divided into nine classes, were sent on seaside courses, ranging from 24 to 31 nautical miles, tracing the western and northern coastline of this island, all starting and completing inside slot of Gustavia in St. Barth.
“It was a gorgeous day’s sailing,” said Ian Walker, tactician aboard SW 94 Windfall, which took the winnings yesterday within the Maxi 2 course. The team has arrived back once again to Les Voiles de St. Barth in 2010 on mission after needing to retire from racing on 2016 edition because of its mast breaking during training.
“We had about 17 knots at most and 10 knots at least and you also couldn’t have ask for better cruising. It Had Been quite a long and interesting course with lots of legs, lots of mark roundings and lots of work for the crew.”
George Sakellaris’ Proteus, Peter Corr’s Blitz and Frits Bus’ Team Island liquid World continue to be defending their 2016 course victories after yesterday’s rushing in Maxi 1, Melges 24 and CSA 3 correspondingly.
Jordan and Shannon Mindich’s J/105 Solstice shook up your competition in CSA 4, taking the lead after time one from last year’s class champions Credit Mutuel. “We felt pretty good about our general speed and gratification,” stated Nicole Breault, a USA Women’s Match Race Champion, who calls the techniques onboard Solstice.
The decks were also shuffled in CSA 2 with Ian Hope-Ross’ Kick’ em Jenny 2 pulling ahead of 2016 winner Sergio Sagramoso’s Lazy Dog and in the Multihull Class with Robert Janecki’s R-SIX holding initial destination position over Richard Wooldridge and Steve Davis’ Triple Jack.