Casey and Page Win Raid at St Barth Cata Cup
Published on November 19th, 2015
Saint-Barth (November 19, 2015) – The race committee had a small surprise in store on the opening day of the St-Barth Cata Cup, which has attracted 52 F18 teams for the 8th edition of this four day event (Nov 19-22). The race today would launch the event with a counter clockwise round-the-island raid. The race started at 2:45 p.m. under ideal conditions, with medium winds between 8-10 knots.
These favorable conditions were followed by a sudden rainfall, thereby complicating matters for the fleet. “We had a good start, passed Gustavia and when we reached Coco Island the wind dropped which made it more complicated to reach the last mark at La Tortue Island,” reported race committee PRO Didier Flamme. “At La Tortue, we were hit by a big downfall, which allowed the leaders to finish.”
The first racers crossed the finish line after 2.5 hours at sea, while the last crews took more than 4 hours to finish the race, the low winds playing against them. “At 5:05 p.m. the Americans crossed the finish line,” added Flamme. “Then the wind speed dropped again making it difficult for the sailors to finish the race. The last crews got in at nightfall.”
In the end, it was all fun and the racers appreciated this new raid formula at the St-Barth Cata Cup.
The day’s results
1- USA 80 (St-Barth Properties) John Casey et Colin Page
2- NED 2 (ODP2) Elke Delnooz et Jeroen Van Leeuwen
3- FRA 007 (ODP1) Jean-Christophe Mourniac and Alexandre Dekyspotter Jouannot
4- 56836 (Architectonik) Gurvan Bontemps and Benjamin Amiot
5- FRA 29 (Float and Shoot) Pierre-Yves Durand and Antoine Le Corre
6- 1892 (ODP) Cruz Gonzalez Smith and Mariano Heuser
7- BEL 1 (St-Barth Sail Racing Team) Patrick Demesmaecker and Olivier Gagliani
8- FRA 901 (L’Esprit) Emmanuel Boulogne and Vincent Boulogne
9- USA 7 (Tradewind Aviation) Todd Ricardi and Evan Aras
10- AUS 8 (Nikki Beach) Jeremie Lagarrigue and Andy Dinsale
About the St-Barth Cata Cup
The 8th edition of the St-Barth Cata Cup is a high-calibre sporting event where catamaran enthusiasts come together under the Caribbean sun. After three editions in 1992, 1993 and 1994, the St. Barth Cata Cup was relaunched in 2008 by Vincent Jordil, Jeff Ledee and Thierry Linares. The St. Barth Cata Cup brings together competitors of various nationalities, from world champions to Saint Barth residents.
Report by Dominique Ladouceur