With three months to go to the start of this new event on the international sailing calendar, everyone in the Voiles de Saint Barth organizing committee is working hard to finish the racing and entertainment programmes. Les Voiles de St Barth will run from Tuesday 6th to Sunday 11th April 2010.
The team, under the authority of president Bruno Magras, assisted by Luc Poupon and Francois Tolède, has been working on the major features of the programme, which will bring together some of the finest boats racing in the Caribbean.
Three new partners have joined Voiles de Saint Barth; Richard Mille Watches, becomes the headline partner, with the Banque des Antilles Francaises and the St. Barths Hoteliers Association as official partners.
Some top names as patrons
Such a special event deserves exceptional patrons and partners. The French photographer Patrick Demarchelier, who is a successful fashion photographer and experienced sailor, has willingly agreed to become the patron of the Voiles de Saint Barth.
A poet, well known artist, and someone who is also searching for beauty often in seascape, Titouan Lamazou (the first winner of the Vendée Globe) has designed the official poster for the Voiles de Saint Barth. He will of course be present during the races, as some of his work will be on show in a gallery in Gustavia.
The headline sponsor for the event, Richard Mille, who is famous for his F1 watches, is once again showing interest in yachting by becoming involved with the Voiles de Saint Barth. A partner to the Superyacht Class he would like his name to be permanently associated with a top class event, capable of bringing together the finest boats racing in the Caribbean.
A real racing calendar
The decision to put on this event in early April was taken by the organisers, as they wished to offer sailors from around the world a well-defined race programme, which as well as being an enjoyable experience in the warmth of the trade winds, keeps the logistical aspects simple for the crews. Placed in between the Heineken regatta, the Bucket Regatta and Antigua Week, the Voiles de Saint Barth has filled a gap in the racing calendar. With a week of intense racing using various formats, this new date on the calendar fits in perfectly with what the skippers and owners are looking for.