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Richard Mille Major Partner of Les Voiles de Saint Barth

By Chris Boyle

Les Voiles de Saint Barth finished Saturday, April 19. As major partner of the event, Richard Mille salutes the success of this exceptional latest edition.

In its five years, the race has never known such extreme sailing conditions which offered an extraordinary spectacle. In Saint Barth, 70 of the Caribbean’s most beautiful yachts and their crews set their bearings for the port of Gustavia in Saint Barth for this sporting and festive event, among one of the most anticipated in the region. Following light and technically challenging winds on Tuesday and Wednesday, the last two days of the race were livened up by a warm twenty-five knot wind with strong gusts which even saw one yacht losing its mast.

The American, Alex Schaerer on the Mills 69 Caol Ila R carried the day in the Maxi class after two days of tense competition with the formidable Rambler 90 of George David. “We had a good start of the regatta as our strength versus Bella Mente is in calm weather thanks to our difference in draught and we lead two to one in light winds. Unfortunately, their mast broke, depriving us of a confrontation in a strong breeze. I think it would have been difficult to beat them twice to win”, recognized the skipper of Caol Ila R.

“Their strength is reaching in a hard blow where we don’t perform as well. A great and very exciting week in any case.” Alex Shaerer won in the most prestigious category of the event beating Georges David and Verder Van Nieuwland with the Marten 72 Aragon. Winner of this edition, the American owner and skipper was awarded an RM 028 Edition ‘Voiles de Saint Barth’ in titanium at the prize-giving ceremony. The automatic caliber is perfectly adapted to the yacht racing-according to the Jura maison.

Richard Mille’s philosophy finds its pure expression within the nautical universe, gathering extreme performance combined with cutting-edge technologies and a strong artistic dimension in line with watchmaking traditions. Just as sailing has evolved in the era of automation, Richard Mille’s universe manages to innovate in accordance with the long standing Haute Horlogerie’s tradition which always privileges the handmade expertise.

Richard Mille has never been more involved in the nautical world than this year, the watch making brand having presented its first model dedicated to sailing in high seas, the RM 60-01 Flyback Chronograph Regatta.

Principal partner of Les Voiles since 2010, Richard Mille is delighted to be associated with this nautical event which is constantly growing in uniting internationally-renowned skippers.

(Source: Richard Mille)

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