Don’t Miss these 5 Sailing Races in the French Caribbean

Where better to sail than the Caribbean? Beautiful scenery and great conditions make this the ideal place to go sailing. With these top five upcoming races along with other St Martin events, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

1 – Les Voiles de St. Barth, St Barth – April


This event has four competition days and one off day and features five different classes of yacht: multihulls, maxi, IRC 52, spinnaker and non-spinnaker. The race village will have live music in multiple genres, so everyone will find something to their taste! Organizers put on various events for the day off from racing, including water games and stand up paddle-boarding. There’s even a picnic on the beach after the event!

2 – Transquadra, Martinique – July

This exciting Martinique event is a transatlantic crossing, open only to amateur sailors, who race between Martinique and Madeira and then on to Barcelona.

3 – Route du Rhum, Guadeloupe – November


The Route du Rhum challenges sailors to travel from St Malo in France to Guadeloupe. This transatlantic route is restricted to solo competitors, making it exceptionally challenging. The event is held every four years and is extremely prestigious, with thousands of spectators watching the start and finish.

4 – The Course de l’Alliance, St Martin – November

Of all St Martin events, the Course de l’Alliance is perhaps the most interesting. It is designed to foster closer relationships between the people of St Martin and their neighbors on Anguilla and St Barts. Over three days of sailing, numerous sailors will steer their yacht around the course and discover more about their neighbors at the same time.

5 – Panerai Transat Classique, Martinique – January 2015


Another transatlantic competition, this competition sees sailors travel from Lanzarote to Martinique in ‘classic’, traditional yachts. The 2015 race was the third edition of the event.

These five events range from the very serious and dangerous to the more light-hearted and relaxed, so there’s something for every type of sailor to enjoy. Why not sign up to an event?

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