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In the Starting Blocks

The energy has been palpable on and around the docks of the Capitainerie in= Gustavia as hundreds of sailors from dozens of countries prepare for Tuesd= ay's kick-off races for the seventh edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth. Mon= day evening's big-stage Opening Ceremonies were a precursor to what lies ah= ead socially for competitors, and the gathering gave sailors one last time = to compare notes and think strategy against fellow mates revealed in the fi= nal class splits for Maxi 1 and Maxi 2, CSA 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4, Melges 24 and= Multihull.

"We have defined classes with a true concern for equity,=94 said Les Voiles= de St. Barth Race Director Luc Poupon. =93The idea was to ensure that flee= ts are as homogeneous as possible, so that the fight on the water is tight = and interesting, both for sailors and spectators."

Jim Swartz, the American owner/driver of the TP 52 Vesper, which recently w= on its class and overall at Les Voiles de St. Tropez, called his CSA 0 clas= s =93by far the best turnout of the performance boats (in the 50-foot range= ) for this regatta.=94 He should know, as he has competed at this regatta f= ive times before, turning in three firsts and a second with Vesper and a th= ird with Vesper's predecessor Moneypenny in the inaugural 2010 event. =93T= hey are all high-performance, planing boats,=94 he said about the three oth= er TP52s (Spookie, Sorcha and Conviction), the Ker 51 (Tonnere 4) and the = Ker 56 (Varuna VI) in his class.

The UK's Ian Walker, likewise, was happy with the composition of his Maxi 2= class where his team's Southern Wind 94 Windfall will be up against three = Volvo Ocean Race boats (SFS, Team Brunel and Ambersail) as well as the Cust= om Farr 60 Prospector.

=93I've sailed around the world on SFS (formerly Green Dragon),=94 said the= three-time Volvo Ocean Race contender, =93and Brunel was runner-up to us o= n Abu Dhabi in the last Volvo Ocean Race, which we won, so I know those two= boats inside out.=94 Walker, who is also a two-time Olympic Silver Medalis= t (1996, 2000) for his country, described Windfall as a cruiser/racer, mean= ing it's =93actively used for cruising but can be stripped out for racing.= =94 Its nearly all-Irish team, including Irish owner Mick Cotter, is =93pre= dominantly amateur but solid club racers=94 and not at all discouraged by w= inds that are forecast to be lighter than usual when compared to previous L= es Voiles editions. =93We will start with the big (Maxi 1) boats, so it wil= l be quite tricky for us, but as far as the predicted conditions, the other= s in our class are predominantly swing-keel boats and water-ballasted for s= ailing offshore, so they will be strong when it's windy. We haven't got a l= ot of sail area in the light air and haven't got a lot of stability when it= 's windy, so something in the middle would be nice for us; 8-15 knots would= be perfect.=94

Tomorrow looks to be the windiest day at 14-15 knots. Tuesday is expected t= o be the lightest with 7-8 knots.

Race Committee President Jean Coadou explained that 21 different race cours= es are in his committee's arsenal of routes that =93are extremely varied a= nd adapted to each of the classes.=94 Between 15 and 35 nautical miles, the= y will be selected every morning before racing, depending on weather condit= ions.

=93One of our priorities will be to ensure that there is no possible crossi= ng of fleets at marks," said Coadou, explaining that there will be five sep= arate starts, some with more than one class, and that the slower boats begi= n first while the speedy multihulls begin last.

Heard on the Quay: Bruno Magras, President of the collectivit=E9 of Saint-Barth=E9lemy: =93Les= Voiles de St. Barth is today part of the heritage of the island. We are he= re to accompany this event which pleases not only participants and visitors= but also the population of Saint-Barth=E9lemy. Since its inception, the ev= ent has taken on a beautiful dimension, thanks to the talents of Fran=E7ois= Tol=E8de, Luc Poupon and their teams. This reputation is the result of fla= wless organization, which retains sportsmen, allowing them to practice thei= r sport in optimal conditions. In addition, the test is an opportunity to g= ather around the sailing, a discipline rooted in the life of our island. I = would like to say to the sailors who are among us, =91Let the best person w= in!' and already I congratulate them for having chosen Saint-Barth=E9lemy f= or this friendly meeting.=94

Fran=E7ois Tol=E8de, Organizational Director of Les Voiles de St. Barth: "T= oday, we officially launch the seventh edition of the event. It is encourag= ing to receive in St. Barth's the boats of such size and skippers of such r= eputations, coming from some 30 nations. This evolution is positive, and it= is proof that the people who participate in the regatta have both a techno= logical approach and a lifestyle approach, so that clearly, they are here t= o take as much pleasure at sea as ashore."

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In the Starting Blocks

The energy has been palpable on and around the docks of the Capitainerie in= Gustavia as hundreds of sailors from dozens of countries prepare for Tuesd= ay's kick-off races for the seventh edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth. Mon= day evening's big-stage Opening Ceremonies were a precursor to what lies ahead socially for competitors, a= nd the gathering gave sailors one last time to compare notes and think stra= tegy against fellow mates revealed in the final class splits for Maxi 1 and= Maxi 2, CSA 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4, Melges 24 and Multihull.

"We have defined classes with a true concern= for equity,=94 said Les Voiles de St. Barth Race Director Luc Poupon. =93T= he idea was to ensure that fleets are as homogeneous as possible, so that the fight on the water is tight and interesting, both= for sailors and spectators." 
 
Jim Swartz, the American owner/driver of the TP 5= 2 Vesper, which recently won its class and overall at Les Voiles de St= . Tropez, called his CSA 0 class =93by far the best turnout of the performa= nce boats (in the 50-foot range) for this regatta.=94 He should know, as he= has competed at this regatta five times before, turning in three firsts and a second with Vesper and a thir= d with Vesper's predecessor Moneypenny in the inaugural 2010 event.  =93They are all high-p= erformance, planing boats,=94 he said about the three other TP52s (Spook= ie, Sorcha and Conviction),  the Ker 51 (Tonnere 4) and the Ker 56 (= Varuna VI) in his class. 
 
The UK's Ian Walker, likewise, was happy with the= composition of his Maxi 2 class where his team's Southern Wind 94 Windfall= will be up against three Volvo Ocean Race boats (SFS, Team Brunel and Ambersail) as well as the C= ustom Farr 60 Prospector.
 
=93I've sailed around the world on SFS (formerly Green Dragon),=94 said the three-time Volvo Oce= an Race contender, =93and Brunel was runner-up to us on Abu Dhabi in the la= st Volvo Ocean Race, which we won, so I know those two boats inside out.=94= Walker, who is also a two-time Olympic Silver Medalist (1996, 2000) for his country, described Windfall as= a cruiser/racer, meaning it's =93actively used for cruising but can be str= ipped out for racing.=94 Its nearly all-Irish team, including Irish owner M= ick Cotter, is =93predominantly amateur but solid club racers=94 and not at all discouraged by winds that are fore= cast to be lighter than usual when compared to previous Les Voiles editions= . =93We will start with the big (Maxi 1) boats, so it will be quite tricky = for us, but as far as the predicted conditions, the others in our class are predominantly swing-keel boats and= water-ballasted for sailing offshore, so they will be strong when it's win= dy. We haven't got a lot of sail area in the light air and haven't got a lo= t of stability when it's windy, so something in the middle would be nice for us; 8-15 knots would be perfe= ct.=94 
 
Tomorrow looks to be the windiest day at 14-15 kn= ots. Tuesday is expected to be the lightest with 7-8 knots.
 
Race Committee President Jean Coadou explained th= at 21 different race courses are in his committee's arsenal of routes = that =93are extremely varied and adapted to each of the classes.=94 Between 15 and 35 nautical miles, they will be sel= ected every morning before racing, depending on weather conditions.
 
=93One of our priorities will be to ensure that t= here is no possible crossing of fleets at marks," said Coadou, explain= ing that there will be five separate starts, some with more than one class, and that the slower boats begin first while= the speedy multihulls begin last. 
 
Heard on the Quay:=
Bruno Magras, President of the collectivit=E9 of = Saint-Barth=E9lemy: =93Les Voiles de St. Barth is today part of the heritag= e of the island. We are here to accompany this event which pleases not only participants and visitors but also the popula= tion of Saint-Barth=E9lemy. Since its inception, the event has taken on a b= eautiful dimension, thanks to the talents of Fran=E7ois Tol=E8de, Luc Poupo= n and their teams. This reputation is the result of flawless organization, which retains sportsmen, allowing the= m to practice their sport in optimal conditions. In addition, the test is a= n opportunity to gather around the sailing, a discipline rooted in the life= of our island. I would like to say to the sailors who are among us, =91Let the best person win!' and alre= ady I congratulate them for having chosen Saint-Barth=E9lemy for this frien= dly meeting.=94
 
Fran=E7ois Tol=E8de, Organi= zational Director of Les Voiles de St. Barth: "Today, we officially la= unch the seventh edition of the event. It is encouraging to receive in St. Barth's the boats of such size and skippers of such repu= tations, coming from some 30 nations. This evolution is positive, and it is= proof that the people who participate in the regatta have both a technolog= ical approach and a lifestyle approach, so that clearly, they are here to take as much pleasure at sea as ashore.&= quot;


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