Les Voiles de St. Barts Gears Up for Year Two of Caribbean Race Circuit: Wimco Villas Donates Luxury Villa as Grand Prize in Regatta

NEWPORT, R.I. and ST. BARTS, Feb. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - The St. Barts Yacht Club has established this year's April 4-9 Les Voiles de St. Barts as a key player regatta player on the Caribbean racing circuit.

The event, just two years old, this year is adding to its concierge services in Gustavia to make the regatta even more attractive for owners and crews.

"We leave no stone unturned in offering five-star service," said Annelisa Gee, one of the event's organizers. "Beyond the comprehensive logistical services we offer to get boats to the island, crews can enjoy live entertainment every night and food and wine on the docks when the day is done." Gee and her team also help plan a competitor's stay, from renting villas, to hiring cars, to making restaurant reservations.

What's not to like as a sailor? St. Barts itself offers an unspoiled yet sophisticated island with an intimate harbor, steady trade winds, Atlantic rollers and tempestuous Caribbean seas that charm even the most experienced skippers such as Peter Holmberg, Loick Peyron, George David and Ken Read, world-class sailors who have expressed the desire to return this year.

Gustavia, St. Barts' main harbor, daily will play host to the island's top chefs and wine cellars offering fare and tastings. Live music also will be a daily feature along with the day's races shown on a giant screen.

Gee added that the prizes are exceptional for the six classes of racing boats. St. Barts leading villa rental company Wimco Villas leads the way, offering the owners of the winning boats in two classes of racing a grand prize of a week in a luxurious private villa in St. Barts. One owner will win a week in Wimco Villa ANC, a stunning 3 bedroom villa overlooking Gouverneur beach. A second boat owner will win a week in Wimco Villa EBA, a newly renovated 4 bedroom villa in the peaceful hills of Vitet, with sweeping ocean views.

The regatta has signed up 45 yachts in five classes: Super-Maxi Yacht, Racing, Racing/Cruising, Classic, and Racing Multihull. Among notables are Mike Slade's 100-foot Farr design Leopard 3, the 105-foot classic Herreshoff schooner Atrevida, the 76-foot W-Class boat White Wings, and Patrick Demarchellier's Swan 45 Puffy. George David (Hartford, Conn.), former United Technologies Chairman and CEO, holds the Richard Mille Trophy for his win here last year and returns in April with Rambler.

About Wimco Villas

Wimco Villas is an award-winning luxury villa rental company, providing access to some of the world's most beautiful and exceptional private villas. In the Caribbean, Wimco represents over 200 villas on St Barts and offers an expansive selection of privately owned villas throughout the region including the US and British Virgin Islands, Turks & Caicos, Anguilla, Barbados, Mustique, Nevis, St Martin, Jamaica and Grand Cayman. In Europe, Wimco represents villas in Italy, the South of France, and Mykonos. In the Americas they offer villa rentals on Nantucket, Maui and Oahu, Hawaii, and in Punta Mita and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Wimco also publishes the Vendome Guides to St Barthelemy, St. Martin & Anguilla, France, and Italy, and owns the most popular online travel forum for St Barts at www.sbhonline.com

Wimco has received numerous accolades including FORBES "Best of the Web," FORTUNE magazine's "Top Villas Companies in the World," and Conde Nast Traveler magazine's "Best Presented Villas." Wimco Villas' agents have intimate knowledge of the villas in their portfolio, and can tailor make the villa holidays to suit each client's needs, whether it be arranging for private chefs, yoga instructors, yacht charters or simply a restaurant reservation.

For additional information on WIMCOsbh and Wimco Villas please visit www.wimco.com or call 800-449-1553. Inquiries can be sent via email to info@wimco.com

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