2018-04-12 / Around Town

Les Voiles de St. Barths Readies for Racing

Newport sailors Sam Loughborough, Regi Cole and Jim Gibson, and the father-son duo of Jerry and Rome Kirby, are among those competing in the ninth annual Les Voiles de St. Barths Regatta, which runs April 8-14.

The local trio was aboard the 72- foot Proteus, which was back on the water after the boat sustained damage during the Caribbean 600 race in February.

“We are missing some of the boats we sailed against last year, but we will have Sorcha, the other 72-footer racing as competition,” Loughborough said. “We’ll be using this as an opportunity to work up to the racing this summer and in preparation for the Bermuda race coming up in June.”

The Kirbys will again team up on Rambler 88 after taking home the three top prizes at the Caribbean 600.

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