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Best Celebrity Watching Spots for Superyacht Charters

March 01, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Famous celebrities sipping champagne in the Caribbean sun, running barefoot on the beach, crunching on crab claws and diving into the colourful depths of the coral reef – super yachts and celebrities seem to go together in almost perfect fashion. Maybe it’s because the high seas are the perfect escape from prying eyes, because the glitzy coastline is an endless array of starry eyed parties and perfect bliss, or because relaxing in a bubbling Jacuzzi with a bottle of vintage champagne is the only way to spend those gentle hours between movie shoots. For those who love to rub shoulders with the rich and famous, MY STARFIRE can charter you across the sunlit woven blue and into those divine destinations where the party never stops. If you fancy frolicking in the waves with rock gods and movie stars, then the following spots are simply perfect for finding that Oscar studded crowd.

SUPERYACHT STARFIRE

SUPERYACHT STARFIRE

CANNES, FRANCE

The French Riviera is world famous for its glittering beaches, its five star restaurants, and its gleaming array of luxury yachts lined up in the most expensive marinas. From the bright lights of the casinos to the annual film festival, this designer spot always proves itself to be a major draw for some of the biggest names in the industry. Super yacht days in Cannes are all about soaking up the cocktails and chintz at the coolest hangouts, riding Jet Ski’s around the glorious coastline, and nibbling your way through an endless array of rich Provençal foods. Dine seated next to a Hollywood celebrity at the Felix in the Croisette, shimmy at the achingly cool Baoli nightclub, sip something special at the Mouton Cadet wine bar, and work on your tan at the infamous Nikki Beach.

CANNES - THE FRENCH RIVIERA

CANNES – THE FRENCH RIVIERA

ST BARTS, CARIBBEAN

When winter creeps in with icy fingers there is nowhere that calls to super yachts quite like the Caribbean. MY Starfire can take you gliding into paradise for long and lingering days spent indulging in onboard spa bliss, fresh seafood suppers, designer shopping, and snorkeling in the shallows. When you want some high class company you will be spoilt for choice with the array of A list names that flock to the fabulous shores of St Barts. Laugh along with the best comedy actors as you dine on caviar and champagne cocktails at the Carl Gustaf Hotel, watch the most successful singers strut their stuff at the ultra-hip Nikki Beach Club, wave at the Victoria Secret models who fly to the island every year for their calendar shoot, and if you are lucky enough to be there when the clock strikes midnight head to the legendary New Year party put on by a famous Russian billionaire.

CARIBBEAN

CARIBBEAN

IBIZA, SPAIN 

The ultimate super yacht party destination, this Spanish island is the place to be if you want to dance until dawn, witness killer sunsets, and hang around with the socialites of the century. Spend MY Starfire days being pampered to perfection, waterskiing out in the deep blue waters, and sipping the finest cocktails from the comfort of the aft deck watching those magnificent sunsets bloom. Those who want to mingle with the superstars of the moment will find most of them shining along the marina, hailed as one of the favorite millionaire ports in the seven seas. You can catch rich girls careening around the coast on their Jet Skis, you can relax on the sands with famous movie stars, and you can kick back in the pretty and wild Cipriani restaurant. When the moon rises this is your chance to go and throw down shapes at the Privilege Club.

IBIZA

IBIZA

BARBADOS, CARIBBEAN

Super yachts, white sands, and effortless blue bliss – there’s something about the easy breezy beauty of Barbados that simply keeps on calling. For those in the know this is where one the top pop stars came from, it’s also where you can drink your weight in rum cocktails, dive from the swim platform of MY Starfire into the turquoise arms of the big blue, and stay up late counting stars in the sky and falling in love with the good life once more. If you want to indulge in a first class spa experience then the famously quaint Sandy Lane should be calling. Golf lovers can also tee off alongside world-champions.

BARBADOS IN THE CARIBBEAN

BARBADOS IN THE CARIBBEAN

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Charter Sailing Yacht HYPERION for St Barth Bucket in the Caribbean

January 19, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

One of the best known sailing yachts, HYPERION is currently available to compete in the popular St Barths Bucket in the Caribbean. Built in 1998 by the renowned shipyard Royal Huisman, HYPERION recently underwent a substantial 9-month refit, where she received a new paint job of the hull and superstructure, new teak decking, her saloon windows were replaced, one of the onboard diesel generators were removed, a new shore power converter was installed, she has received a new refrigeration system, overhaul of the HVAC system, renewal of the compile alarm-monitoring system and numerous other maintenance works have been carried out.

HYPERION available for St Barths Bucket Regatta in the Caribbean

HYPERION available for St Barths Bucket Regatta in the Caribbean

 

She is available for US$91,000/week in low season and US$112,000/week in high season. Do enquire about her availability or the possibility to charter her for the upcoming regatta.

Sail Yacht HYPERION -  Aft Deck 2

Sail Yacht HYPERION - Aft Deck 2

HYPERION boasts naval architecture by German Frers, measures 47,4 metres and features beautiful traditional lines combined with the latest in technology. She can provide unforgettable charter experience for a group of six guests, accommodated in three comfortable deluxe cabins. Accommodation is situated below deck and includes one queen-bed, one king-bed and one twin cabin with single beds.

Sail Yacht HYPERION -  Pilothouse

Sail Yacht HYPERION - Pilothouse

Interior of this outstanding vessel was penned up by Pieter Beeldsnijder and is represented by warm mahogany panels with inlaid marquetry, beautiful Moroccan marbles, fine custom-made fittings and spacious, luxurious and comfortable interior areas.

Sail Yacht HYPERION -  Lower Salon

Sail Yacht HYPERION - Lower Salon

There are three lounge areas: the pilot house has two vast seating possibilities with tables, and offers fabulous views. The upper deck boasts plenty of windows, a formal dining area and another area for relaxation and socialising. Lowe saloon is perfect for evening entertainment, also offering plenty of space to unwind, including occasional chairs and even a piano.

lower saloon - Hyperion

lower saloon – Hyperion

The yacht provides spacious exterior living with the aft deck providing a covered seating area, dual helm stations alfresco dining option and plenty of possibilities to entertain. A removable Bimini cover adds additional comfort, regardless of the weather or occasion. HYPERION has a substantial beam of 9.5m (31.4ft). Her wrap around wide decks provide comfortable access to the vast, flush foredeck and ample relaxing areas.

Sail Yacht HYPERION -  Master Cabin

Sail Yacht HYPERION - Master Cabin

HYPERION is fitted with a carbon fibre mast, which stands at 59m (193.5ft) in length and exerts some 200 compressive tons at the base. She has 59 km of wiring and 13,000 square feet of sail area. Unique indoor amenities include a state of the art temperature controlled wine rack for some 200 bottles and over 500 billion bytes of computer technology. Royal Huisman received a prestigious Showboats International Award for the best sailing yacht over 38 metres (125ft), while the yacht and crew were the winners of the Super Yacht Millennium Cup Yacht Race in New Zealand.

Sail Yacht HYPERION -  From Above

Sail Yacht HYPERION - From Above

There is a great selection of water toys aboard this fabulous vessel as well as an extended hydraulic swim platform. Those who are after a more active vacation will find making use of the water toys effortless, while others may wish to simply soak up the warm Caribbean sun.

Sailing Yacht 'Hyperion'

Year:1998 (Refit 2015)  L.O.A.:47.42m (155' 6")  Beam:9.56m (31' 4") 
Max Speed:15 knots  Cruise Speed:10 knots  Engines:1x 1,100 hp (809kW) 
Cabins: Charter Guest: Crew:

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Luxury Superyachts celebrating New Year’s Eve in St Barts

January 07, 2016

Written by zuzana

Annie & Captain Eric Bergeron from the beautiful 106’ GALILEE have made an amazing video below, showing luxury superyachts during the 2016 New Year’s day in Gustavia Harbour, nestled in the fabulous St Barts, a popular Caribbean island. 

This great drone footage captures such outstanding vessels as the imposing 162,5m ECLIPSE – the world’s second largest private yacht, as well as the breath-taking 138m RISING SUN, the beautiful 92m TATOOSH, and the striking 78m C2, to name but a few.

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56m Luxury Yacht MY SEANNA 25% Off Last Minute December Charters in the Caribbean

December 18, 2015

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Luxury yacht MY SEANNA is offering a fantastic 25% off of any last minute December charters in the Caribbean. So, if you are in search for that fabulous offer to spend your Christmas holidays with friends and family, than this could be the right yacht and the right destination for you!

MY SEANNA Yacht

MY SEANNA Yacht

MY SEANNA measures 56,38 metres (185ft) and was constructed by Delta Marine in 2001. She was refitted in 2014 and provides accommodation to twelve guests in six deluxe and well-appointed cabins. She has an outstanding, friendly and professional crew of 12.

Delta MY SEANNA - Master cabin

Delta MY SEANNA – Master cabin

Delta MY SEANNA - Master ensuite

Delta MY SEANNA – Master ensuite

Caribbean’s St Barths is the centre of Christmas celebrations with the world’s creme della creme gathering to celebrate this beautiful time of the year. MY SEANNA is a fantastic choice when it comes to festive seasons, offering a secured berth over Christmas. She is available until the 26th December and offering a 25% discount on all last minute December bookings.

 

Delta MY SEANNA - Sundeck

Delta MY SEANNA – Sundeck

MY SEANNA offers expansive deck areas, ideal for entertainment and social gatherings. Some of the main features on board include an oversized Jacuzzi with a waterfall, plenty of relaxation areas as well as possibilities for indoor or al fresco dining.

Delta MY SEANNA - Main aft deck

Delta MY SEANNA – Main aft deck

Delta MY SEANNA - Salon

Delta MY SEANNA – Salon

Amongst the highlights is her fabulous beach club with an approved RYA waterspouts centre which stores an array of various water toys, such as a 15-metre water slide and a 12.2-metre (40′) Van Dutch tender.

Delta MY SEANNA - Yoga

Delta MY SEANNA – Yoga

Delta MY SEANNA - Gym

Delta MY SEANNA – Gym

For more information on motor yacht MY SEANNA or other fantastic vessels currently available for last minute Caribbean charters, feel free to contact us.

MY SEANNA (ex NEWVIDA, Gallant Lady)

Year:2001 (Refit 2009, 2014)  L.O.A.:56.39m (185')  Beam:9.02m (29' 7") 
Max Speed:15 knots  Cruise Speed:13 knots  Engines:Caterpillars 1,100 hp ea. 
Cabins: Charter Guest:12  Crew:11 

 

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Award-Winning 46m Motor Yacht ENTOURAGE now Available for Caribbean Yacht Vacations

October 08, 2015

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The award-winning 46,55-metre motor yacht ENTOURAGE is now available for Caribbean yacht vacations following her very successful Mediterranean charter season. Join Captain Ben and his outstanding crew of eight highly-professional and skilled members on a holiday of your dreams on board the 2014 Admiral Yachts-constructed charter yacht ENTOURAGE. Entourage is also available for Christmas and New Years yacht charters in pure luxury and style.

ENTOURAGE - Main Shot

ENTOURAGE - Main Shot

ENTOURAGE was delivered only a year ago and is still in a brand-new condition, offering spacious interior and exterior leisure and entertainment areas, with an expansive main-deck master suite, spreading the width of the yacht and offering such commodities as a private shower room, dressing and office/seating area.

Superyacht ENTOURAGE - Dining

Superyacht ENTOURAGE - Dining

ENTOURAGE Yacht - Main Saloon

ENTOURAGE Yacht - Main Saloon

Fitness conscientious guests will surely enjoy the benefits of an on-board gymnasium, as well as the health benefits of the Turkish steam room, located on the main deck.

ENTOURAGE sundeck - looking aft

ENTOURAGE sundeck - looking aft

ENTOURAGE -gym

ENTOURAGE -gym

Guest accommodation layout comprises two beautiful VIP and two convertible double rooms situated on the lower deck. All guests accommodation is equipped with private en suite bathrooms.

ENTOURAGE - Master Cabin

ENTOURAGE - Master Cabin

ENTOURAGE - master cabin - ensuite

ENTOURAGE - master cabin - ensuite

Guests holidaying aboard the fabulous ENTOURAGE yacht will find the 134-square-metre sun deck as the place to enjoy some leisure sunbathing, socialising or relaxing in the popular Jacuzzi. The sun deck also has a TV and a wet bar, as well as a massive selection of sun pads and beds.

ENTOURAGE - Sundeck Jacuzzi

ENTOURAGE - Sundeck Jacuzzi

Luxury yacht ENTOURAGE holds a variety of water toys and equipment to further enhance guests’ on-board experience. The boat holds a large 31ft tender, jet skis, sea bobs, kayaks, bikes and other equipment.

ENTOURAGE - Fwd deck

ENTOURAGE - Fwd deck

Guests comfort is ensured thanks to ENTOURAGE’s zero-speed and at-anchor stabilisers, exceptional WiFi and an economical fuel consumption.

Motor Yacht ENTOURAGE

Year:2014   L.O.A.: 47.00m (154' 2")  Beam:9.10m (29' 10") 
Max Speed:16.3 knots  Cruise Speed:12 knots  Engines:2 x CAT C 32 ACERT Commer 
Cabins: Charter Guest:10  Crew:

LUXURY VACATION IN THE CARIBBEAN ABOARD A SUPERYACHT

Caribbean is renowned for being one of the preferred yacht charter destinations and a fabulous escape during the cold winter months. The Caribbean Sea is full of fabulous destinations to explore and enjoy, including Antigua, St Bats, Anguilla, St Martin, the British Virgin Islands or the US Virgin Islands, Grenadines, St Lucia, St Thomas, Martinique and many many more.

Jetty at Curtain Bluff - Photo Charmaine Spencer - Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority

Jetty at Curtain Bluff – Photo Charmaine Spencer – Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority

Sailing and motor yacht holidays in the Caribbean can be fully customised incorporating any activities, stopovers or events that you might like to take part in. It is a great destination for all types of yacht charter, be it a family holiday, a getaway with friends or a corporate get-together with your partners or colleagues. Caribbean offers both tranquil natural surrounding with crystal clear warm waters, great diving, fantastic sailing and fabulous grounds for various water sports, as well as plenty of bars, restaurants, night-clubs creating a lively and vibrant atmosphere.

Couple ScubaDiving - Photo Charmaine Spencer - Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority

Couple ScubaDiving – Photo Charmaine Spencer – Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority

If you would like to know more about the lovely motor yacht ENTOURAGE or a list of the latest yachts available in the Caribbean according to your budget and other requirements, please contact out experienced charter team here. Our knowledgable team of brokers have access to all the yachts available and will put together a fully-personalised selection – free of charge.

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Impressive PERINI NAVI Sailing Superyacht SEAHAWK at St. Barths Bucket Regatta 2014

October 07, 2015

Written by zuzana

Perini Navi has shared a great video below, produced by Pigeon Vision, showing the impressive 60-metre sailing superyacht SEAHAWK (hull C.2193) at the St. Barths Bucket Regatta 2014, which hosted an amazing fleet of 38 sailing yachts gathered in Gustavia for three days of exciting trade wind sailing, wholesome competition, shore side camaraderie, as well as shenanigans St Barths style. Acclaimed Ron Holland was responsible for the superb exterior design of the voluminous charter yacht SEA HAWK, providing a luxury mega yacht charter vacation in the fabulous Florida and Bahamas yacht holiday locations.

Created by Christian Liaigre, the elegant contemporary interiors of luxury super yacht SEA HAWK (hull C.2193) can sleep up to 12 charter guests in utmost in luxury. There is a lavish full-beam master stateroom aft and amidships, with a port and starboard queen bed. This cabin can be easily converted into 2 guest cabins, each with private en-suite facilities.

Externally, the aft deck of luxury yacht SEA HAWK offers a shaded area with al-fresco dining, wet bar and additional seating. Side decks lead effortlessly to the after deck and forward to a vast foredeck, complete with additional built in seating and cocktail tables. There is also a gorgeous upper flybridge deck, where guests may relax in shaded comfort or on the custom sunpads. The upper deck also provides an amazing exterior home cinema for ultimate outdoor entertainment.

There are more charter yachts built by Perini Navi here.

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Super-fast 100’ COMANCHE Yacht smashes record at Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015

April 30, 2015

Written by zuzana

The recent debut of the striking 100-foot Comanche yacht at the 6th edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 has been a huge success. This year’s Caribbean regatta, hosted by the fantastic St. Barth yacht holiday location, was attended by an amazing number of 70 teams, competing in 10 classes.

100ft superyacht Comanche at Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 - Photo by Christophe Jouany

100ft superyacht Comanche at Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 – Photo by Christophe Jouany

Maxi yacht Comanche has surpassed all expectations and performed excellently in the match-off between the newest, fastest, and most sophisticated racing yachts in the world. Commissioned by experienced sailor Jim Clark and constructed by Hodgdon Yachts, Comanche was built as a sailing vessel capable of breaking records.

Sailing yacht Comanche at full speed - Photo by Michael Gramm

Sailing yacht Comanche at full speed – Photo by Michael Gramm

Superyacht Comanche set the first record during construction at Hodgdon Yachts, when becoming one of the of the largest single-hull infusions undertaken stateside. Subsequently, she smashed the second record during Les Voiles de St. Barth on April 15, when she established a speed record of 2 hours, 33 minutes, and 4 seconds in the Maxi 1 class.

The fleet of luxury sailing yachts at Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 - Photo by Christophe Jouany

The fleet of luxury sailing yachts at Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 – Photo by Christophe Jouany

During the four-day regatta, Comanche superyacht claimed all the line honors in her division and took second place, just behind sailing yacht Rambler 88, with 12 points on the scoreboard according with the corrected-time performances. This year’s regatta was the first time that Comanche and Rambler 88 were seen competing against each other, providing an amazing competition.

Superyacht Comanche and Rambler 88 yacht - Photo by Christophe Jouany

Superyacht Comanche and Rambler 88 yacht – Photo by Christophe Jouany

Comache’s skipper, Ken Read, said:Unreal sailing with the “Fat Bottom Girl” (Comanche) at the Voiles St Barths. When the rivals all go home happy the stars aline. Comanche wins line honors 4 for 4. Mission accomplished. Rambler wins rating handicap in class 1. Mission accomplished. The first meeting of the monsters a huge success. These boats are changing how we look at sailing. A special thanks to the owners who are making it happen.”

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Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 Wrap Up

April 21, 2015

Written by zuzana

Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 came to an end in the breath-taking Caribbean yacht vacation location – St. Barth on Sunday, April 19. Established in 2010, this year’s 6th edition of the popular regatta hosted an amazing fleet of 70 yachts, including speedy multihulls such as Lloyd Thornburg’s Mod 70 yacht Phaedo 3, as well as technologically sophisticated new-builds such as George David’s sailing yacht Rambler 88 and Jim and Kristy Hinze-Clarke’s superyacht Comanche.

Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 Fleet © Jouany Christophe

Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 Fleet © Jouany Christophe

In the Maxi 2 class, sailing yacht Selene won on corrected time, and charter yacht Lupa of London placed second on the final day of the regatta to secure the class victory overall. Lloyd Thornburg’s U.S. entry in Multihull class, Phaedo 3 yacht, won once again on the last day for a fourth time over four races. Maxi yacht Comanche and sailing yacht Odin established the records for Maxi 1 and Maxi 2 classes, respectively.

The event’s largest, fastest yachts sailed in Maxi 1 class, and it was George David’s superyacht Rambler 88 that won the four-race series there. All eyes had been on Rambler 88 and the larger Comanche during the first two race days, since no one had yet seen the two yachts sail against each other. The powerful superyacht Comanche showed blazingly fast speed, taking line honors in every race. Rambler 88, however, took three first-place finishes in a row on corrected time.

Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 Winners © GRAAM Michael

Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 Winners © GRAAM Michael

By Day 4, when Rambler 88 took second to Hap Fauth’s sailing yacht Bella Mente, the focus had returned to who was doing the best on ratings. Rambler 88 maintained her place at the top of the scoreboard, but Bella Mente was able to replace Lucky as runner up. Bella Mente, Lucky and Comanche had all shared the same point score after Day 4 race, but Bella Mente’s performance handed the tiebreaker to their team.

During the prize giving, Principal Event Partner Richard Mille presented George David, who has also become the overall winner of the Maxi division, with a Richard Mille Caliber RM 60-01 Regatta watch.

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Start of Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015

April 15, 2015

Written by zuzana

Following a glamorous opening party held on the Quay General de Gaulle, it was a spectacular start to Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 yesterday, on April 14, 2015, marked by 15-20 knots of wind. Being hosted by the fabulous Caribbean yacht holiday destination – St. Barth, the popular regatta has welcomed 70 teams, racing in 10 classes.

Superyacht Rambler 88 at Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 Day 1 © Jouany Christophe

Superyacht Rambler 88 at Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 Day 1 © Jouany Christophe

On Day 1, the seven-boat Multihull class, which was the last of the 10 classes to start, was won by the Mod 70 yacht Phaedo 3. Phaedo 3 finished the long course in just over two hours and 25 minutes, approximately 34 minutes ahead of the next fastest boat in the fleet, superyacht Comanche. Though Comanche beat Rambler 88 yacht by ten minutes in real time, Rambler won on corrected time (5:04:48 compared to Comanche’s 5:11:30).

Mod 70 yacht Phaedo 3 © Jouany Christophe

Mod 70 yacht Phaedo 3 © Jouany Christophe

In the Maxi 1 class, sailing yacht Bella Mente, a favorite here, unfortunately was unable to participate in the race on Day 1, because of an equipment failure that occurred only a few minutes before the start. In the Maxi 2 class, charter yacht Lupa of London led the way on the opening of day of the regatta.

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Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015 to see record level of yacht participation

April 08, 2015

Written by zuzana

With almost 80 entries, roughly a dozen more than last year, this year’s 6th edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth will see a record level of participation. To run from April 13 to 18, the event has become one of the most important events on the Caribbean sailing circuit, combining good-vibes racing with stylish shore-side pursuits on the delightfully small yet enormously sophisticated French island of Saint-Barthélemy (aka St. Barth), a popular Caribbean yacht charter destination.

The new Voiles de Saint Barth's Poster - Photo credit to DR

The new Voiles de Saint Barth’s Poster – Photo credit to DR

“With lots of cooperation from many, many people we have been able to exhibit that St. Barths is a valid destination for serious race teams,” said Competition Manager Annelisa Gee, noting that seven 40-foot team containers are being accommodated this year. “That’s huge, because it means logistics of getting boats and equipment here are getting better with each edition. Bigger and better – that’s  the common theme each year, whether it’s referring to the number and quality of boats that come, the amenities and on-shore events for the teams, or adding – in the case of this year – an offshore racing option to the tried-and-true tactical inshore race courses that everyone likes so much.”

Sailing over four racing days (Tuesday-Wednesday, April 14-15, and Friday-Saturday, April 17-18) will be Maxi, Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker, Racing Multihull, and One-Design classes negotiating various distance courses that typically snake through and around the reefs and smaller  islands surrounding the 9.5 square miles of volcanic island that is St. Barths.

Les Voiles de St Barth © Jouany Christophe

Les Voiles de St Barth © Jouany Christophe

Superyacht Comanche and sailing yacht Rambler 88, both sporting the newest in sail racing’s technological advancements and measuring in at 100′ and 88′, respectively, will surely be the most gripping to watch in the ten-strong Maxi division, especially if organizers choose to showcase the power of these thoroughbreds with a newly designed super-sprint option of 40 plus miles to Tintamarre Island off St. Martin. Dependent on sea state and weather conditions, the other Maxis (and possibly Multihulls) could also sail this course, and they would certainly be no less ambitious about optimizing the reaching legs to achieve a maximum speed – and fun – factor. The Maxi group includes returning teams on the Maxi 72 sailing yacht Bella Mente, which just won overall honors in the Caribbean 600; the Swan 80 superyacht Selene; and the Marten 72 yacht Aragon, while newcomers are the Farr 73 yacht Maximizer, Swan 90 superyacht Odin, the Baltic 78 charter yacht Lupa of London, and the RP 63 Lucky.

With Lupa of London (skippered by Great Britain’s Jeremy Pilkington) fresh off class wins at Giraglia and the Maxi Worlds as well as line honors and overall IRC victory at the inaugural RORC Transatlantic Race, she may be the new team to beat, but not if Lucky has any say in the matter.

“We’ve been around for eight years racing a TP 52 and just transitioned to the RP 63 this spring, so Les Voiles de St. Barth will be our first event in the boat,” said Lucky’s owner Bryon Ehrhart (Chicago, Ill.), who won the 2010 Middle Sea Race (with his TP 52, also named Lucky) on his first try and followed through with impressive finishes at a slew of other “bucket list” sailing events, including Hong Kong to Vietnam (which he won in 2013) and the China Sea Race (second in 2014). Now it’s time for Ehrhart to check off Les Voiles de St. Barth; he says the regatta’s reputation put it squarely in his sights. “I understand it is very well run and in a beautiful setting with great breeze,” he said. “The class includes some of the best competitors in the world, so I’m looking forward to seeing how we match up against them.”

Luxury sailing yachts competing in Les Voiles de St Barth © Jouany Christophe

Luxury sailing yachts competing in Les Voiles de St Barth © Jouany Christophe

In the Spinnaker division, 49 boats will compete, including David Cullen’s J/109 Pocket Rocket and Eamonn Rohan’s chartered Solona 44 Ramanessin, both defending class champions. As in all divisions, it won’t be known until closer to the event how classes will be split exactly, but a sure bet for tough competition will be new contender Spookie, a Carkeek 40 known for cleaning up in IRC and HPR racing in the States. Spookie’s Steve Benjamin (Norwalk, Conn.), who co-owns and sails the boat with his wife Heidi Benjamin, concedes that the CSA (Caribbean Sailing Association) Rule prevailing at Les Voiles de St. Barth may not be as favorable for his boat, but he respects it nevertheless.  “We don’t race just for rating, we race for the competition and the sport,” he said.  “We competed in Les Voiles a few years ago with Decision (also a Carkeek 40) and had a great time. The racing is spectacular; we like the combination of the courses, and of course, the atmosphere in St. Barth can’t be beat.”

Benjamin claims Spookie is very strong sailing downwind and reaching: “The challenging part for us is going to be upwind against the bigger boats, which is what got to us last time we raced here with Decision. We are pretty sure that boats like the TP 52s (Vesper, Sorcha, Conviction-Team Vag) will have a strong advantage upwind.”

Another Spinnaker division competitor returning with a different boat is Jim Madden (Newport Beach, Calif.).  He’ll be sailing his Swan 601 Stark Raving Mad VII with a crew of 16 versus the nine he raced with last year when he won his class on his J/105 of the same name.

“I usually like to have two sizes of racing boats,” said Madden, who sailed the Swan 601 to victory in the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race and the Onion Patch Series that preceded it. “For the larger boats, I focus more on their ability to ocean race and do coastal point-to-point racing, like what we’ll be doing at Les Voiles de St. Barth. I hadn’t heard much about Les Voiles until last year when a few of my crew suggested that we do it. I went there not knowing what to expect, and it actually turned out to be one of the best events I’ve ever done. The island is beautiful, and the race organization did a really good job running the event with clear communication and fair races. It was also windy for the most part, and more breeze makes for more fun.”

The Non Spinnaker division currently has 10 entries, ranging from Matt Dana’s 31-foot J/95 Shamrock VII to Steven Schmidt’s 70-foot Hotel California, which returns each year clearly to have the most fun out of any, sailing with family and friends.

Melges 24s are expected to have their own one-design start, with returning teams Budget Marine/Gill, Island Water World, and Boost’n Sail leading the charge, while nine Racing Multihulls will compete, giving the new Gunboat 55 Toccata a chance to show its wares against the MOD 70 Phaedo 3, which just smashed the Carribean 600 record; the equally powerful Nigel Irens 63 Paradox; the sleek, flying French GC 32 Le Carré/Diamond Genesis, and Gunboat’s newest foiling G4 Timbalero 3.

 

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