The organizers of Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille regret to announce, after conferring with the Collectivité de St. Barthélemy and their sponsors, that the regatta will not be held for the second consecutive year, due to the global pandemic of the coronavirus.
The return to ‘business as usual’ in St Barthélemy as of June 2020 had given much hope that the 2021 edition of Les Voiles could have been held under positive conditions, while respecting all Covid-19 regulations. But new conditions for entering and leaving the island, with a seven-day quarantine upon arrival, as well as an obligatory reason for travel, and the
need to get PCR testing for all involved, made an international regatta such as Les Voiles de
St. Barth Richard Mille impossible to organize in terms of logistics.
The staff of Les Voiles also realizes how important it is to protect the health of the crews and the residents of the island: the evolution of the global pandemic, and especially the advent of variants of the virus constitute risks of too high a level at the current time for the island to welcome sailors from around the world to Saint Barth.
We are extremely sad to have to cancel Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille, a highpoint on the nautical calendar in the Caribbean. We would like to thank our sponsors for their support, (Caisse d’Epargne CEPAC, Collectivité de St. Barthélemy…), and especially our title sponsor Richard Mille who has supported us since the first edition, and will enable us to envision the organization of a great regatta in 2022.
The organizing team would like to also thank the crews that planned to participate in the event this year, and the various vendors who work with every year to ensure the success of the regatta.
We ardently hope to see you again for Les Voiles 2022, on April 17-23, under better circumstances.
Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille organizing team