There are really big boats coming

It’s been a few years, delayed by pandemic disease, but regular maxi yacht racing is coming to the Caribbean, especially as competition opportunities are increasing. Could be

Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille, which launches on Sunday, will join the inaugural IMA Caribbean Max Challenge, a four-stop event created to push Max’s participation in the Regatta and push the Max further into the Caribbean sailing circuit.

“Mexican sailors are really excited because it increases the quality and quality, and the number of regatta they can do,” said Benoit D-Fremont, president of the International Mexican Association. “Now we have the right beginning and the course.”

And with more opportunities to ship their boats, which are expensive to maintain and cost up to $ 10 million – the owners want to get as much out of their boats as possible. “The biggest sin is to just let those boats sit,” said Ken Café, a former U.S. Cup sailor who manages and operates Vespers, Mach 72.

For many regatas around the world, after two years of epidemic epidemic, sailors are excited about the new series, Caffe said. But many are also practicing a degree of restraint because of the war in Ukraine and Ukraine.

“Everyone still has a little shell shock coming out of the trash,” he said. “We are all singing our greetings, but this year we are more secure – we will not dance at the table. But the overall feeling is: let’s get back to the boat, let’s get the band together.

Modeled after races in the Mediterranean Max Circuits, the Caribbean Challenge invites Max to race the 600-foot-tall Max 600 in the Antigua at the Caribbean 600 cents in the Martin Heineken Regatta, Les Vuelles de Saint-Barbara, and Saint-Barthéville, Saint-Barbara on the. General Chat Chat Lounge

To qualify for the series, sailors must compete in at least two events, though this may eventually extend to three when the circuit improves, said James Boyd, IMA spokesman. Teams that compete in more than two events have the worst possible results.

Technically, the addition of the Caribbean Maxi Challenge adds to the IMA-approved Maxi events, but not all Maxi sailors were planning to travel to all four Caribbean events. Many will only travel in two or three and cut down on overall performance points, D’Fredmont said.

The cafe, which manages logistics for Vespers, which includes shipping around the world, said it would be possible for the four Caribbean to participate in the Regatta and even the Mediterranean sailing seasons.

“It can work to move those boats around and ship them to the right places and safely,” Café said. “The trick is to get the boat out of the Caribbean as the series ends so as to avoid hurricane season.

The first stop of the series was the Caribbean 600 in Antigua. Comanche won a 100-foot warehouse design, Regatta, followed by VO65 Sailing Poland and VO70 I Love Poland.

Conditions were challenging. A sailor told the IMA website that the race was the hardest in the world.

“It’s like a heavyweight boxing match – the left and right are just coming to you and you’re just waiting for that knock-out punch,” said Richard Clark, a tactician for Warren Owen. “No one is safe to the end.”

Russian-owned commander, winner of the recent Trans-Atlantic Ocean Race and dominant presence in Regatus, withdrew from the Caribbean Maxi Challenge after the World Sailing, the governing body of the sport, banned Russian participation in the war in Ukraine. Skorpios, a club swan 125 max yacht, also withdrew in a similar situation.

“Here is news of what is happening in Ukraine,” Café said. “The Russians have pushed our game in a strange way.”

The second stop, the St. Martin Heineken Regatta, held in early March, was four days of racing. Sailing Poland was first, Jensen de Jong-Dutch Sail D and I Lou Poland third.

Third stop Les Voiles de St. Barth is, and is the fourth and final Antigua Sailing Week, which launches on April 30.

The winners of the Max Racing race only get the trophy and title. “It remains an ancient game,” said D-Fremont. “No money, just very passionate people who enjoy the challenge.”

Competition numbers for macaques have increased over the past several years, he said, and should continue to grow.

Boyd, an IMA spokeswoman, said it may take a few years for the Caribbean Max Challenge to build a deeper fleet.

“This is the first year,” he said, “so we imagine that it will take a few years to fully achieve it. Nevertheless, we are happy with Max Turn Out.

“Maxi’s involvement in Les Voiles de Saint Barth also looks strong with IMA members participating from both sides of the Atlantic,” added Boyd. Twelve matches are set for races.

He is currently leading the series before the VO70 I Love Poland Farr 100 Leopard 3.

“But neither is competing in St. Barth, so it could be that we’ll see some new teams lead after St. Barth and Antigua,” Boyd said.

“We have some incredible competition this year,” said Keefe, who has won the Vice-Saint Barth four times. “I can’t wait.”

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