Published: Thursday, 16 April 2015

Another serving of clear skies and classic trade winds made it a very good day for promoting racing in the Caribbean. Les Voiles de St. Barth organisers capitalised on the stellar conditions with a decision to “go big” on the regatta’s second day of racing. 

Les Voiles De St Barth Day 2 Phaedo3 Sets Another Record.

(Photo by Rachel Jaspersen)

Making good on an earlier promise to give the largest, fastest boats a new marquee race designed for flat-out speed, the race committee sent the Maxi 1, Maxi 2 and Multihull classes on a 42-nautical mile (nm) course that started off at Gustavia and looped around St. Barth before continuing across the Canal de Saint Barthelemy to round the island of Tintamarre (east of Saint Martin) to port and return its players to a finish near where they had started.

Les Voiles De St Barth Day 2 Phaedo3 Sets Another Record 1.

(Photo by Rachel Jaspersen)

“It was a little bit like NASCAR racing out there – drive fast and keep turning left,” said Phaedo 3’s skipper Lloyd Thornberg about the course, which will be the same one used in future years to establish new records if today’s are broken.

Les Voiles De St Barth Day 2 Phaedo3 Sets Another Record 2.

(Photo by Rachel Jaspersen)

Thornberg rules for now, however, with his MOD 70 trimaran's zip around the course in one hour, 53 minutes and 35 seconds, giving it line honours in the Multihull class well ahead of the next finisher, Comanche, whose time of 2:33:04 set the course record in the Maxi 1 class. Posting a time of 3:38:07, Odin now holds the record in the Maxi 2 class.

“It’s incredible that we went around Tintamarre and back in under two hours,” says Thornberg, who broke the Caribbean 600 record in February and while here this week for Les Voiles practice broke Steve Fossett’s Playstation record around St Martin.

Les Voiles De St Barth Day 2 Phaedo3 Sets Another Record

(Photo by Jouany Christophe)

After correcting out, top-three daily prizes in Spinnaker class went to Phaedo 3, Paradox and Elvis and their series standings are the same. As on Day 1, Rambler 88 won the Maxi 1 class on corrected time, about four minutes ahead of Bella Mente, which had not been able to sail on Day 1 due to equipment failure. Comanche trailed 10 seconds behind. The leader board has them tied on point score with Lucky behind leader Rambler 88.

Spinnaker 0 had two races on Day 2 but started the morning off by joining six other classes (Spinnaker 1,2,3,4, Non-spinnaker, Melges 24) in the one and only 29nm race for the day.

Les Voiles De St Barth Day 2 Phaedo3 Sets Another Record 1

(Photo by Jouany Christophe)

Now with three straight race victories, Vesper continues to lead the series for Spinnaker), while Lazy Dog, with two bullets, leads Spinnaker 1.

With two races each in their score line, Ramanessin, Music, Martinique Premiere-Credit, L'esperance, and Budget Marine GILL are currently leading Spinnaker 2, Spinnaker 3, Spinnaker 4, Non-Spinnaker, and Melges 24 classes, respectively.

Racing will resume a one lay day, which will offer a menu of individual and team sports, including SUP (Stand Up Paddle) relays, water polo and a treasure hunt for caviar.