To keep the racing competitive, yet to allow yachts that perform similar to one another sail against each other, there are four classes, up from three last year. The first, Les Elegantes des Mers, is a category comprised mostly of schooners, though a few traditional sloops and ketches are also in it. Its 12 competitors include Meteor, Athos, Adela, and Windcrest. Next is Les Gazelles des Mers. As "gazelle" implies, these 13 sailing yachts are swift and more performance-oriented. The classic J-Class yachts Endeavour and Velsheda are competing in this category, as are two replica Js, Ranger and Hanuman. Then there's Les Grandes Dames des Mers and Les Madamoiselles des Mers. The former typically includes cruising-oriented yachts and is comprised of 10 competitors, where all but one are Perini Navis. (That one, by the way: Axia, a Palmer Johnson build from 1991.) Ten of the 11 yachts vying in the Les Madamoiselles class are, interesting enough, sloops, such as Ganesha, Hyperion, and Bliss. Further of note: Nine of those 10 were designed by Dubois Naval Architects.