Les Voiles de St. Barth Gathering Momentum for 2017
SFS Group Joins as Partner and Competitor
After competing in the last edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth with a chartered boat in its company colors, the SFS Group, France's leading construction insurance specialist, is consolidating its presence at the 2017 event through its role as Gold partner alongside Veuve Clicquot and the St. Barthélemy community. In terms of racing, the VOR 70 SFS II will take the start at the legendary Caribbean Race Week over April 10-15.
“We're delighted to receive fresh support enabling us to develop Les Voiles de St. Barth and take the event from strong to stronger,” said François Tolède, CEO of Les Voiles de St. Barth. “We're also very happy to see a business put in so much work both as owner of SFS II (skippered by Lionel Péan) and partner at the same event, a case mirrored by Richard Mille, the race's main partner, with Peter Harrison's TP 52 Sorcha, as well as CEPAC Provence–Côte d'Azur, sponsor of Raphaël Magras's X 34 Maelia BDAF.”
In the Company of Exceptional Sailors
Yachtsmen and yachtswomen who have been to St. Barth know it has a special flavor, an atmosphere that they can’t find anywhere else. The setting is nothing less than sumptuous and a trip there is inevitably a remarkable voyage.
The West Indies and French Guiana, a market with strong potential
“French Guiana, Martinique and Guadeloupe are significant markets for SFS. We've been experiencing substantial growth of around 20 to 30% per year since 2011. Partnering Les Voiles de St. Barth, a prestigious race with genuine public notoriety, is very much in keeping with the Group's principles”, explains Frédéric Lamotte, Communications & Marketing Director and Director of Commercial Development for SFS, a Group which developed its first constructor's liability contracts in the West Indies over ten years ago. “St. Barth has a rather special flavour, an atmosphere that you don't find anywhere else. The setting is sumptuous and going there is inevitably a remarkable voyage”.
From Maxi yachts to racing monohulls and multihulls to Melges 24s, the fleet for the 2017 Les Voiles de St. Barth promises to be as diverse as it is competitive.
Frenchman Lionel Péan, skipper of the VOR 70 SFS since 2013, is very familiar with the venue of St. Barth and has already posted a series of stand-out performances at Les Voiles. “It's a unique place, a stunning race zone and an intimate venue; all ingredients that contribute to the success of Les Voiles de St. Barth,” said Péan. His team will join the likes of Rambler 88, owned by American George David and one of the stalwarts of Les Voiles competition with some six participations and four victories to its credit; Sojana, owned by Sir Peter Harrison and set to make its big comeback to the race after several years' absence; and the 72-foot Aragon, which is owned by Andries Verder's and Arco Van Nieuwland of The Netherlands and raced here in 2014 and 2015.
To date, a wealth of prestigious crews will probalby come to Les Voiles de St. Barth, including that of Rambler 88, owned by American George David, one of the stalwarts of Les Voiles line-ups with some six participations and four victories to its credit; Sojana, owned by Sir Peter Harrison, which is set to make its big comeback to the race after several years' absence, as well as Aragon, Andries Verder's and Arco Van Nieuwland's 72-footer, which raced here in 2014 and 2015.