The fleet runs from sleek traditional designs, such as the 94' William Fife-designed Sumurun, to sophisticated super yachts, like the 289' custom Perini Navi clipper SY Maltese Falcon, with three masts so tall they barely clear the Brid

The first day of racing at the 2nd edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth dawned with 25 knots of tropical tradewind breeze and showers sweeping over the picturesque French island located midway down the Caribbean chain.

Even normally jaded professional sailors were waxing on about the conditions here. Today offered 15 - 16 knots of breeze and a much reduced sea from yesterday, when many boats returned to the quay to lick their wounds and effect repairs

With an 18 knot east-southeast breeze, and a gentle swell, the Maxis were sent anti-clockwise from the starting line on a 32-nautical mile course which took them most of the way around the island before rounding and returning on a reciprocal course t

As if to ensure that competitors had seen all the beaches and sights that St. Barth has to offer, race officers today sent the 48-boat Les Voiles de St. Barth fleet on its final circumnavigation counter-clockwise around the eight-square mile island

Don't miss the Les Voiles de Saint Barth! What other regatta claims Jimmy Buffett as its "godfather" or the world-famous French fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier as one of its devotees