Les Voiles de St. Barth Day 2: An Alternate Day, An Alternative Story

Shiftier breeze and a change in the direction and design of this racecourse, in comparison to Tuesday, forced numerous rivals to move gears the 2nd day of rushing at Les Voiles de St. Barth and yielded a mixed bag of results for the event’s nine classes.

The fleet of 65 ships battled while navigating the rocky coast and its strong currents on courses, between 26 and 32 nautical kilometers, across the eastern part regarding the area.


It was tough yesterday because the wind was really erratic, initially blowing between 15 and 17 knots and dropping to around eight and ten knots,” stated Hervé Hejoaka whom helms Crédit Mutuel, which dropped from second to 3rd place in CSA 4. An event veteran, the team won its course here a year ago.

For other 2016 course champion Sergio Sagramoso’s Lazy puppy, yesterday had the contrary impact in CSA 2, because of the Melges 32 upgrading from second to first place after racing. But other competitor Sir Richard Matthews’ Oystercatcher XXX1 took a winner, changing its second spot place with a 4th in CSA 2.
Les-voiles-de-st-barth © Jouany Christophe

The Maxi 1 Class, Proteus may nevertheless contain the lead however the deck happens to be shuffled the line-up of rivals that follows, due simply to Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente being within the line early at the start. At Les Voiles de St. Barth, there isn’t any choice to get back to the line and restart; as an alternative, 10percent of your energy upon finishing is put into the last rating. Bella Mente continued onto sail a fantastic race yesterday, taking first place on corrected time, but due on mishap these were pressed right down to sixth devote the race and fourth destination general. SFS and Prospector climbed around 2nd and third place, correspondingly.

We sailed a good race,” stated Bella Mente Tactician Terry Hutchinson. “It had been our very own error, no one forced it, but our company is quite happy with how the competition played away. We did what we desired to do. We simply swung and missed in the beginning.
Les-voiles-de-st-barth © Jouany Christophe

In addition to Proteus, six competitors are still waiting on hold to their course leads after Wednesday, including Kenneth Howery’s Fortunata in CSA 1. Unlike many of the other groups, Fortunata Tactician Tommaso Chieffi felt that today had been made up of smooth sailing and agreeable conditions.

For united states, it absolutely was fairly straightforward with no big changes in wind direction and wind energy,” said Chieffi, a world-class Italian sailor understood for their Olympic and America’s Cup promotions. Obtained just this past year, Fortunata could be the fifth of just 25 Solaris 50 yachts into the globe, and Les Voiles de St. Barth marks the team’s second occasion competing onboard her.

The state “Day Off” is scheduled for today (Thursday), followed closely by the last two days of race, Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15.