Caribbean Cel­e­bra­tions

Richard Mille for the 8th edi­tion of Les Voiles de St Barth

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Richard Mille has been part­ner­ing with Les Voiles over the past cou­ple of years and this year is no dif­fer­ent. As Main Part­ner, Richard Mille was present at the start­ing line to ac­com­pany 1,100 sailors who com­peted in the week­long event. At the same time, the brand also took the oc­ca­sion to launch its first boutique in the Caribbean.

Cyril Kongo, pop­u­lar street artists and part­ner of Richard Mille, de­signed this year’s poster for Les Voiles. Kongo had to work with a vin­tage sail, but he ap­proached it sim­i­larly to any other type of sur­faces. He shared,” ‘be­cause the cloth is more por­ous than can­vas, the colour masses ap­pear a bit worn, more pas­tel: it’s in­ter­est­ing. So, even af­ter the fact, you can re­con­struct how the work took shape, be­cause the ges­tures and move­ments

of the spray can over the sail take on a weath­ered ap­pear­ance. It’s as though I had breathed life back into it, sim­ply by in­scrib­ing “Les Voiles de St Barth” across it us­ing my graphic vo­cab­u­lary.”

70 crews com­peted in 9 var­i­ous classes and the sea­far­ers were all chal­lenged with mid­dling con­di­tions and wind os­cil­la­tion be­tween 12 and 15 knots. Th­ese weather con­di­tions may have de­lighted tac­ti­cians, who had a fight on their hands for the long and tech­ni­cal lit­er­ary im­posed by the race route. Af­ter two ex­haust­ing days, the crews came ashore for a well-de­served rest. Some grabbed the op­por­tu­nity for rest­ing, while oth­ers pur­sued recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties. The day also wit­nessed the of­fi­cial rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony for the first Richard Mille Boutique in St Barts.

“‘We couldn’t imag­ine an is­land more suited to wel­com­ing our brand. The boutique’s de­sign takes its de­sign cues from its ter­ri­to­rial sit­u­a­tion—on an is­land over­look­ing the shore—and its agree­able pa­tio, where any­one can re­lax with a glass of Cham­pagne as they dis­cover our watches,” con­fides John Si­mo­nian, CEO of Richard Mille Amer­i­cas. Guests at the in­au­gu­ra­tion en­joyed an op­por­tu­nity to view some of the most beau­ti­ful pieces in the col­lec­tion, es­pe­cially the RM 60-01 Fly­back Chrono­graph Re­gatta, one of which was con­ferred on the over­all win­ners of the Maxi Yacht class.

Peter Har­ri­son, CEO of Richard Mille EMEA, par­tic­i­pated in the event. With his sail­boat, Sor­cha TP 52 sport­ing the liv­ery of Richard Mille, he man­age to come in 1st in the CSA O class, af­ter plac­ing 3rd and 2nd in 2015 and 2016 re­spec­tively. Amer­i­can Ge­orge Sakel­laris emerged cham­pion for the Maxi Yacht cat­e­gory and gen­eral rank­ings, sim­i­larly to the pre­vi­ous year’s re­gatta.

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