Having won Les Voiles de St. Barth last year, Team Prospector is hoping to repeat in 2017 and defend its title. So far, we have had 2 great practice days in the beautiful Caribbean waters, using the time to get back up to speed after nearly 6 weeks off the water. Today, we went around the island to practice one of the likely courses, propelled by 15-20 knots of breeze. Despite a few hairy moments, and an unplanned stop to remove a crab pot from the keel bulb, the crew executed impeccably - the perfect lead in to race day 1!
Four days of coastal racing will present a similar challenge as our time in Sardinia after focusing mostly on offshore and sprint races during the interim. This time of course, we know the waters, and we know the boat a bit better, so the whole crew is chomping at the bit to outpace last year’s performance.
Standing between Prospector and victory will be a highly skilled fleet made up of two Maxi 72’s (Bella Mente and Proteus), both featuring world-class talent, and four Volvo 70’s, guaranteeing highly competitive racing and an extremely high level of skill on the water.
Keep up with the action by following the results at https://www.lesvoilesdesaintbarth.com/us/. We’ll also share a bit of our adventures on Instagram (@prospectorsailing), and check back here for full wrap ups of each day’s action!