Sunday, April 29, 2012

“Les Voiles de St. Barth”

Captain and Admiral sharing a special moment in St. Barts after arriving on April 4 from Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Troubadour is in the bay behind us.
Troubadour anchors near the bright orange Gunboat 66 Phaedo.
We arrived in time for the French Regatta “Les Voiles de St. Barth” sponsored by watch maker Richard Mille.
"For the third consecutive year, the island of St. Barth, in the French West Indies, provided an exceptional week of racing. It seems the consensus of the 700+ sailors racing there that in just three editions, Les Voiles de St. Barth has become a must-do event on the Caribbean race calendar. Organizers have announced the dates for the fourth edition: April 8 – 13, 2013."
Raising the 'Q' flag in St. Barts.
Linda's cousin, Rose, joined us in St. Martin and sailed with us for three weeks.  Here she blends in with the racing boats in Gustavia, as we await customs clearance.
The Quai General de Gaulle in the heart of Gustavia has long been one of the economic centers of the island, from the days of sailing schooners that unloaded essential cargo, from food for the population to construction materials that allowed Saint-Barthélemy to develop as a tourist destination. Here it is lined with sail boats for this year's races.
Anse du Grand Galet as viewed from Fort Karl
Gustavia in the foreground, many sail boats anchored in the background, a bit too crowded for our comfort; however, race competitors enjoyed four days of racing in an extremely wide range of conditions, from five to 25 knots, on different courses, each of them highly tactical and spectacular.

A strong swell rolled us too much in the anchorage in Gustavia making for two sleepless nights, so we headed to the calm protected bays at Ile Forchue for a few nights (background) and then Anse de Colombier (this picture).
While waiting for good weather for the next leg of our journey, we lolled around the boat, snorkeled, strolled the beach and simply enjoyed the views.
Troubadour cruised in St. Bart's April 4 - April 10, 2012
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