Les Voiles de St. Barth 2018: first place TP52 Conviction
“The ninth edition of Les Voiles de Saint-Barth Richard Mille started with a splash today, welcoming 53 teams in the regatta’s seven classes.”
The Team for Les Voiles de St. Barth 2018
A bunch of friends from Seattle with Steve Travis skippering TP52 Conviction. Made possible by Sail Race Crew and BOSS Barbados who brought Clint Brooks as representative and Jack Wilson and Ché Alleyne as professional crew.
Day 1: Perfect Conditions
“The entire fleet enjoyed the first day’s racing in perfect easterly trade winds between 15 – 20 knots and big swell on the coastal courses – between 28 and 29 nautical miles – with a start and finish right outside of Gustavia port.”
“Currently suffering at the hand of ratings is TP52 Conviction skippered by Steve Travis, relegated to seventh at the end of today. “We will have to make no mistake and finish with a considerable lead to hope to win,” said Frederic Laffitte, the mainsail trimmer on the Barbadian boat. “Today, we lost time because of a sailing problem. Our genoa exploded on the end of the first leg, just before the mark. We recovered well, but for us, obviously not enough.” Read more
Les Voiles de St Barth 2018: first place TP52 Conviction
Day 2: Sporty Conditions
“After an epic start off the Port of Gustavia for the second day of racing at Les Voiles de Saint-Barth Richard Mille, the fleet went on a wild ride up the southeast coast.
With winds gusting upward of 25 knots, the fleet of 53 teams battled it out in frantic surf. At the end of the day’s races, which included a 23-mile course for the CSA 3 Classes, a 32-mile loop for the CSA 1 and 2 Classes, and then a 39-mile course for the Maxi 1, Maxi 2, OMA and CSA Multihull, the fatigue was evident.
In these upwind conditions, the crews played leapfrog and while downwind they flirted with top speeds while holding on tight and hoping for nothing to break.
No fleet escaped unscathed, whether in equipment or crew. Onboard Conviction, the TP52 skippered by American Steve Travis, one of the team members injured his shoulder while he was at the top of the mast. Nevertheless, his crew shone today by finishing with a 30-minute lead over their next competitor.
“We did not see the others today. We pushed the boat hard and we made extraordinary speeds upwind. At times, it was a little much to manage to keep the boat on its feet but we did well, “said the skipper from Seattle who along with his crew, finished the race first on corrected time.
Today’s performance gave them an impressive jump in the standings today, moving from seventh to third place overall. “We’ll have to hold on and make no mistake to beat Albator and Lazy Dog,” said Travis, impressed by Sergio Sagramoso’s Melges 32’s and Frantz’s impressive performance.”
Day 3: Flying
Only a half point separates the top three boats as Conviction continues its strong run, tied at 10 with the Melges 32 Lazy Dog out of Puerto Rico, and a half point behind is Albator from France.
Upon seeing today’s results, Steve Travis, skippering Conviction happily called out to his crew still on board. “Hey all, 1 and 1 today,” to the response of cheers and high fives from the team. “How can you say anything other than nice?” he asked back about their regatta so far. “And then last night we got to see a Jimmy Buffett concert, I mean how can you top it?” Read more
Day 4: Lay Day
” So, it is lay day and yes we are going very slowly….”
“A signature of Les Voiles de Saint Barth Richard Mille is the planned Day off. After three intense days of racing, Thursday’s agenda was all about fun and camaraderie. Hosted at the famous Nikki Beach restaurant in Sean-Jean, renowned for its festive atmosphere, the crews relaxed, enjoyed fabulous food and sparkling bottles of Veuve Clicquot and rose wine.”
Day 5: Postcard Conditions
“Postcard conditions continue for the 9th edition of Les Voiles de Saint Barth Richard Mille as competition resumed for the seven fleets after Les Voiles’ signature Day Off yesterday. On the menu today in the 18-22 knot breeze: a 30-mile course for the Maxis and Multihulls, a 22-mile course for CSA 1 and 2 and an 18-mile loop for CSA 3. As in previous days, the conditions were ideal and the fight was intense.”
“Across CSA 1, Conviction continued its string of bullets despite ripping through two jibs today. “We were lucky as the last jib barely held together. We were cringing during the tacks,” said Steve Tra- vis, Conviction’s skipper.”
Day 6: A windy final
“In Saturday’s final act for Les Voiles de Saint-Barth Richard Mille, the 25 – 27 knot winds with gusts in the low 30s and big seas, took their place on center stage to create a spectacular finish for the 9th edition.”
“The tension was considerably less palpable in the CSA 2 and CSA 1 classes where Ventarron and Conviction, respectively, had already confirmed their victory before the last round, and each ended the day cementing their string of first-place finishes.” Read more
Day 6: Prize Giving
Les Voiles de St.Barth 2018: first place TP52 Conviction
Best Of – Les Voiles de St. Barth 2018
Regatta’s onboard TP52 Conviction
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