To many people, St. Barthélemy is a playground for the rich and famous.
During the winter, the former French colony draws tycoons on mega-yachts, talk show hosts, supermodels and A-list celebrities, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul McCartney, Harrison Ford, Beyoncé́ and Billy Joel.
Come spring, however, the Caribbean island transforms into one of the world’s top destinations for elite sailing.
“It’s a switch for sure,” said John Holmberg, a Caribbean sailor from St. Thomas who has raced in Les Voiles de St. Barth. “It affects the whole island. The harbor, roads and restaurants are all full.”
“You come over the crest of the hill and you get a glimpse of what your day is going to be like in town,” he said. “Immediately what you see are the black carbon masts of the sailboats. I call it the carbon forest.”
Some vessels are too big to fit in the harbor, like the Comanche and Rambler 88. Others are docked side by side, stern to the wharf.
“It’s the crème de la crème of ocean racing, and they are all there on display,” Holmberg said. “You just know the event is going to be awesome. You see those boats, and you know you’re going to see something. They’re like gladiators girding for battle.”
Les Voiles attracts serious sailors looking for a good time, said Bernie Evan-Wong of Antigua, who has competed in the regatta eight times and will be racing again this week.
“It’s very competitive, but we always race for fun,” he said. “It attracts a certain level of race boats. It’s an amazing mix. Some boats come to the Caribbean only to do that one regatta. They must really enjoy coming because they ship their yachts many hundreds of miles down just for the one regatta.”
Evan-Wong can tell the regatta is in town by the four flags that the race committee issues sailors to fly on their boats. “It’s pretty refreshing to see,” he said. “It’s really cool to see everybody flying these big sponsor flags.”
Once Les Voiles de St. Barth is underway, it becomes apparent that it is an island-wide effort. “It’s time to be a part of it, and it’s all hands on deck to host the event,” Holmberg said. “Everybody pitches in — the whole island. The bakeries all know to be staffed up and ready.”
While the celebrity quotient dies down during the regatta, the fine touches that define the island remain, such as the cheeses flown in from Paris.
After Holmberg and his crew finished the final race at his first Les Voiles, they were sunburned and exhausted. He spotted an inflatable boat coming in their direction. Holmberg thought it was a race official about to tell them they had broken a rule or done something wrong. “I thought we were in trouble,” he said.
As the boat came into view, he realized it was a race volunteer at the wheel with a crew of two women holding bottles of Veuve Clicquot. The captain brought the boat up against Holmberg’s and the women presented the Champagne. The crew popped corks.
“They celebrate in a way no other regatta does — that’s just par for the course,” he said. “We didn’t win that day, but we felt like we had.”
While the regatta may give sailors the opportunity to party like celebrities, they are there for the sailing conditions.
“It’s the best sailing in the world,” Holmberg said. “The weather is awesome most of the time. You consistently find good wind, clean water and warm temperatures. It’s special. It’s just stunning scenery and the best sailing. No matter what world championships you go to, you want to come here because it gathers a real good group of people.”
The island presents a difficult racecourse for sailors. “It’s a bit unique in that you are sailing around natural marks like islands and rocks,” Evan-Wong said. “And there are very interesting winds and currents in the area that you have to negotiate, so that makes it challenging as well.”
Another aspect unique to the island regatta is that the sailing teams socialize more, as opposed to events in Newport or Annapolis where teams tend to isolate themselves into separate camps at different marinas or creek anchorages. In St. Barths, crews work on boats and tend to sails side by side, shoulder to shoulder. The intimacy of the boats docked closely together builds a camaraderie, Holmberg said.
“They are all working nearby together,” he said. “All the sailors are prepping and training and repairing at the end of the day. That’s the way it is in the carbon forest. It’s there for a week, and then it’s gone.”B:
复式二中二赔多少钱【黎】【诺】【望】【着】【天】【边】【的】【云】【霞】，【思】【绪】【飘】【了】【老】【远】。 【他】【心】【里】【虽】【担】【心】【着】【帝】【飖】【的】【安】【危】，【却】【也】【无】【可】【奈】【何】。 【不】【知】【帝】【飖】【如】【何】【了】，【如】【今】【自】【己】【这】【状】【态】【也】【无】【法】【照】【顾】【飖】【飖】，【莫】【不】【如】【让】【她】【待】【在】【大】【仲】【荒】【的】【身】【边】。 【黎】【诺】【底】【下】【头】，【看】【着】【手】【笺】，【继】【续】【将】【自】【己】【埋】【首】【在】【公】【务】【里】。 【他】【偶】【尔】【低】【沉】【的】【咳】【嗽】，【那】【沙】【哑】【的】【声】【音】，【沧】【桑】【的】【再】【明】【显】【不】【过】。 【慕】【西】【放】【下】【手】
“【到】【底】【哪】【个】【小】【畜】【生】【做】【的】？【别】【让】【我】【知】【道】，【要】【不】【然】【老】【夫】【不】【杀】【他】，【誓】【不】【为】【人】！” 【李】【文】【仰】【天】【怒】【吼】，【这】【一】【次】【损】【失】【的】【强】【者】，【实】【在】【有】【点】【严】【重】。 【若】【只】【是】【弟】【子】【被】【屠】【杀】，【还】【不】【至】【于】【如】【此】【动】【怒】，【可】【死】【了】【多】【名】【造】【化】【境】【强】【者】。 【这】【些】【人】【不】【知】【道】【花】【费】【百】【仙】【王】【宫】【多】【少】【资】【源】，【才】【达】【到】【如】【此】【的】【境】【界】，【现】【在】【竟】【然】【全】【部】【都】【已】【经】【死】【了】。 【如】【何】【不】【让】【他】【动】【怒】
【独】【孤】【青】【鸾】【这】【小】【号】【在】【粉】【圈】【相】【当】【出】【名】，【虽】【然】【有】【一】【段】【时】【间】【不】【玩】【了】，【也】【不】【黑】【盛】【景】【了】，【粉】【丝】【们】【纷】【纷】【在】【下】【面】【问】【她】【为】【什】【么】【这】【段】【时】【间】【去】【哪】【儿】【了】，【为】【什】【么】【都】【不】【发】【动】【态】，【你】【都】【不】【是】【盛】【景】【黑】【了】【吗】？ 【盛】【景】【跪】【下】【叫】【爸】【爸】：【结】【婚】【去】【了】，【现】【在】【回】【归】。 “【哈】【哈】【哈】【哈】，【刚】【结】【婚】【就】【要】【弄】【死】【老】【公】【吗】？【这】【么】【彪】【悍】【吗】？” 、“【爸】【爸】【一】【直】【都】【很】【彪】【悍】。” “复式二中二赔多少钱【周】【烈】【坐】【在】【风】【火】【之】【中】，【任】【由】【宇】【宙】【各】【大】【基】【本】【力】【量】【撕】【扯】【身】【体】。 【他】【起】【初】【花】【费】【了】【巨】【大】【精】【力】【淬】【炼】【细】【胞】，【可】【是】【随】【着】【宇】【宙】【在】【脑】【海】【中】【成】【形】，【淬】【炼】【变】【成】【了】【自】【由】【演】【化】。 【体】【内】【出】【现】【海】【量】【星】【系】，【每】【个】【星】【系】【都】【是】【一】【处】【细】【小】【神】【经】【节】，【由】【刚】【开】【始】【的】【不】【稳】【定】【逐】【步】【迈】【入】【稳】【定】，【这】【便】【是】【演】【化】【之】【妙】，【看】【似】【离】【奇】，【实】【则】【自】【然】，【浑】【身】【上】【下】【宛】【如】【天】【成】！ “【快】！【我】
【只】【见】【唐】【莫】【寒】【的】【手】【腕】【上】【戴】【着】【的】【那】【块】【手】【表】【可】【不】【正】【是】【她】【上】【次】【送】【给】【他】【的】【那】【块】【么】？ 【宋】**【囧】【了】【囧】，【幸】【好】【刚】【刚】【没】【有】【和】【陆】【川】【说】【自】【己】【还】【送】【了】【手】【表】【这】【件】【事】，【不】【然】，【此】【时】【就】【得】【尴】【尬】【了】。 【唐】【莫】【寒】【只】【是】【淡】【淡】【的】【瞥】【了】【一】【眼】【陆】【川】，“【廉】【价】？【请】【问】【你】【能】【送】【我】【这】【种】【价】【位】【的】【礼】【物】【吗】？” 【陆】【川】【闻】【言】，【瞬】【间】【就】【是】【一】【噎】，【不】【过】【很】【快】【他】【就】【反】【应】【了】【过】【来】，“【这】
【和】【其】【他】【人】【想】【象】【的】【不】【同】，【醒】【后】【的】【凶】【兽】【并】【没】【有】【暴】【起】【乱】【来】【的】【意】【思】。 【斯】【芬】【克】【斯】【甚】【至】【舔】【着】【爪】【子】【洗】【了】【把】【脸】。 【那】【慵】【懒】【的】【样】【子】【看】【得】【旁】【人】【蠢】【蠢】【欲】【动】【又】【畏】【缩】【不】【前】。 【【吃】【鱼】【吗】？】 【斯】【芬】【克】【斯】【偏】【头】，【就】【看】【到】【一】【串】【张】【牙】【舞】【爪】【白】【白】【胖】【胖】【的】【大】【章】【鱼】【被】【递】【到】【了】【他】【眼】【皮】【子】【底】【下】。 【他】【的】【瞳】【孔】【快】【缩】【成】【针】【眼】【大】【小】【了】。 【斯】【芬】【克】【斯】【晃】【了】【晃】【脑】【袋】，
“【这】【世】【间】【的】【雷】【霆】，【大】【体】【分】【有】【九】【系】，【修】【真】【者】【可】【依】【照】《【雷】【函】【天】【书】》【残】【卷】【内】【的】【修】【炼】【之】【法】【修】【成】【其】【中】【六】【系】，【即】【天】、【地】、【云】、【水】、【妖】【雷】【和】【斗】【雷】。 【前】【四】【系】，【乃】【是】【人】【族】【先】【辈】【所】【创】，【天】【雷】【主】【杀】【生】，【地】【雷】【主】【养】【物】，【云】【雷】【主】【破】【阵】，【水】【雷】【专】【克】【妖】【物】。 【妖】【雷】【和】【斗】【雷】【乃】【是】【妖】【族】【修】【真】【先】【辈】【所】【创】【雷】【法】，【适】【合】【精】【怪】【抵】【御】【同】【化】【劫】【威】，【其】【中】【支】【脉】【甚】【多】，【修】【炼】