St-Barth Cata Cup 2015 – The race committee had a small surprise in store for the racers, launching 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 eight to ten knots.
These favorable conditions were followed by a sudden rainfall, thereby complicating matters for the fleet. According to Didier Flamme, President of the race committee for the St-Barth Cata Cup : ‘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. At La Tortue, we were hit by a big downfall, which allowed the leaders to finish.
The first racers crossed the finish line after 2:30 hours at sea, while the last crews took more than four hours to finish the race, the low winds playing against them. ‘At 5:05 p.m. the Americans crossed the finish line. Then the wind speed dropped again making it difficult for the sailors to finish the race. The last crews got in at nightfall’, added Didier Flamme.
In the end, it was all fun and the racers appreciated this new raid formula at the St-Barth Cata Cup.
Casey, winner of the first race
The winning crew of the Design Affairs Prize is US representatives John Casey and Colin Page (St-Barth Properties), followed by Elke Delnoozand and Jeroen Van Leeuwen (ODP). Jean-Christophe Mourniac and Alexandre Dekyspotter Jouannot closed off with a third place finish.
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