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 Carl Gustaf Hotel, high on the hill overlooking the main port of Gustavia, provided a great vantage point to watch the Les Voiles de St. Barth fleet slowly filling up the anchorage and quays in the main harbor

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

Following two spectacular days of racing punctuated by strong breezes sweeping across the Caribbean, the Les Voiles de St. Barth shifted into "lay day" gear today.

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

The Weather Gods blessed St. Barthélemy from April 5 - 9, taking care to offer more than 400 competitors from 20 nations and on 48 yachts a week of perfect Caribbean sailing

The dates of April 2 - 7, 2012 have officially been announced to competitors on the 48 boats that, this year, took advantage of idyllic conditions on the waters off St. Barth.

"Don't change a thing!," said Read about the Les Voiles des St. Barth format, which features short daytime race courses that will have Rambler 100 and Leopard 3 facing off for the first time with that type of racing.

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

The impending top-level battle between the two Super Maxis Leopard 3 and Rambler 100 is sure to turn some heads and bring an extremely high standard of racing to this major Caribbean yachting event.

A "new kid on the block" generally has to earn the respect of those who have long ruled the neighborhood.  For the Les Voiles de St. Barth, it took only one running-for the regatta to become a fixture for American sailors