Conclusion of The 9th Edition of Les Voiles de St Barth Richard Mille
The 9th edition of Les Voiles de Saint Barth ended on Saturday, April 14th, after a fierce confrontation between the 53 crews competing in seven classes, and this despite a rather singular context: seven months after the devastating passage of Hurricane Irma. Despite the logistical difficulties, many sailors came, showing their solidarity with inhabitants of the island. “We did not necessarily expect such a high turnout for this 9th edition, and our satisfaction is the greater for it. We also hope that next year, the celebration honoring the 10th anniversary of Les Voiles will be as unforgettable as this edition was unexpected,” said François Tolède, director of the organization.
Richard Mille, an early partner, reinforced his support for the event by becoming title partner of the regatta. “We have placed our trust in Les Voiles de Saint Barth since the project launched in 2010, and even before the race existed,” Richard Mille said. “François ensures that a world-class level is maintained by seeking to make Les Voiles ever more attractive. More than ever faithful, we are strengthening our participation in solidarity with the organizers. Helping to create a successful event is a source of great shared pride that builds a true camaraderie.”
This year’s edition featured the inauguration of a fifth day of events, the debut of a new RM 60-01 Flyback Regatta Chronograph Les Voiles de St. Barth 50-piece limited edition, and the creation of a Richard Mille Record Trophy. Reserved for the fastest categories (Maxi and Multihulls), the principle of the new prize is simple: to achieve the best possible time over a 49-mile course. Rambler 88, belonging to George David, and La French Tech Rennes Saint-Malo, owned by Gilles Lamiré, established the time to beat.
The most incredible duel of the week erupted between two Maxi 1 class contenders: Proteus and Sorcha. The two 72-footers were neck and neck throughout, and completed the race within one minute of each other. However, a slight edge favored Proteus, whose crew took home the Richard Mille Maxi Cup for the 3rd year in a row, while Proteus owner George Sakellaris was awarded a RM 60-01 Flyback Regatta Chronograph.