Victory for Paschalidis & Trigonis!  

What suspense, what surprises! This fourth day of sailing and the final day of the St. Barth Cata-Cup, which should have identified the leaders and defined the podium, actually played out with an improbable scenario, which was peppered with many comebacks. At one point it seems as if the glory of victory would go to Franck Cammas and Matthieu Vandame (ODP 1), who were at the top of the general classification on the morning of the last two races. Yet the glory finally went to winners Iordanis Paschalidis and Konstantinos Trigonis (Relwen), as their competitors made an error on the course. The Greeks are however far from having stolen their victory. These two sailors were consistently at the front of the pack and turned in a remarkably steady performance in spite of highly variable wind conditions. At the end of the day, they finished with a healthy lead, ahead of, in order, Argentineans Cruz Gonzales Smith – Mariano Heuser (Eden Rock Villa Rental) and Belgians Patrick Demesmaeker – Olivier Gagliani (Les Perles de Saint-Barth).

 

This final day of competition was already high-pressure due to the   very narrow difference in points between the leaders at the start of the last races. Then the race committee decided to spice up the course a little by launching a tour of the island, a race that was the equivalent of two and could not be removed from the overall ratings. “In this context, it was win all or lose all,” declared Franck Cammas before setting out on the waves, on Sunday morning. This helmsman from Aux was right on in his prediction. In the race, perfectly in control of his major adversaries, Greeks Iordanis Paschalidis and Konstantinos Trigonis, the sailor made a big mistake, by missing a race marker a little before Pain de Sucre, in the last third of the race. At the finish line, there was no ambiguity. The jury had discussed and decided on disqualification, for Cammas as well as two other boats also concerned. This was a tough break for the winner of the 2013 edition of Cata Cup, who as a result lost not only first place, but added a total 96 points, which put him 13th place overall. “It’s the luck of the regatta and the rules are the rules. Of course, that it was an unusual end to the race, but it worked out for us. Franck and Matthieu, had, I think, sailed better generally speaking than we did this week, as we made a fair amount of errors that stupidly cost us points, and that we could have avoided, commented Iordanis Paschalidis, happy with a victory that had eluded him until now. “ I had participated in St. Barth Cata-Cup twice with my friend Gustaf Dyrssen and both times, we just missed the podium (editor’s note: they finished 4th in 2012 and 6th in 2016).  This year, by coming with my regular F18 teammate, I definitely had an eye on first place. Today, we reached our goal. I am extremely happy. It was a great pleasure to come face to with folks like Franck Cammas and Patrick Demesmaeker, both incredible vice world champions...
 
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Les inscrits de l'édition 2017

MAXWELL & CO
 James BAECKLER
 Charles ORION
LES ILETS DE LA PLAGE
 Philipp BELCREDI
 Manfred ZEISSEL
NORD ELEKTRON
 Eric BEZON
 Emmanuel CHAPENOIRE
EDEN ROCK ST BARTH
 Gurvan BONTEMPS
 Benjamin AMIOT
ST BARTH ASSURANCES
 Emmanuel BOULOGNE
 Tanguy KERVYN
LUCIANO BARBERA
 Jacopo BRACCO
 Ian RAY
OLIVER SPENCER
 Arthur BULGER
 Max BULGER
ODP 1
 Franck CAMMAS
 Matthieu VANDAME
GILL
 Patrick CARRO
 Francois CARRO
EDEN ROCK VILLA RENTAL
 Gonzales smith CRUZ
 Heuser MARIANO
SAINT BARTH SAILOR
 Miguel DANET
 Julien DARMON
GUANAHANI
 Laszlo DANGEL
 Daniel PARERA
LES PERLES DE SAINT BARTH
 Patrick DEMESMAEKER
 Olivier GAGLIANI
EDDY, JM CAZES SELECTION
 Fabrice EGLOFF
 Francois MAISONNEUVE
OFF COURSE MANAGEMENT
 Enrique FIGUEROA
 Keki FIGUEROA
GFA CARAIBE
 Nicolas GILLET
 Nicolas POIX
GARAGE HENRI GREAUX
 Kevin GREAUX
 Herve BRIN
CARAIBES CLEANING
 David GUIHENEUC
 Mahe STAKELBOROUGH
SBYC
 Markku HARMALA
 Jean-noel LEDEE
JOURNAL DE ST BARTH
 Jan HEDMANN JENSEN
 Penny WYON
AUBERGE DE LA PETITE ANSE
 David HEIN
 Arielle DARROW
VOYAGER ST BARTH
 John HOLMBERG
 Sylvie POLLIEN
GARAGE GRG
 Martin JOEHR
 Joachim PIEHL
COB CARAIBES
 Michel JOSSELIN
 Roger CANTIN
KITON
 Ecki KAPHENGST
 Tine marie KAPHENGST
PARABOOT
 Fredrik KARLSSON
 Niklas NORDBLOM
AVIS
 Birgit KRAHE
 Christian ROUX
WEST INDIES SAILS
 Turenne LAPLACE
 Patrick LAPLACE
ALAMO
 Eric LE BOUEDEC
 Jean-richard MINARDI
DESIGN AFFAIRS OO1
 Pierre LE CLAINCHE
 Antoine JOUBERT
ST BARTH ASSURANCES
 Jeff LEDEE
 Vincent JORDIL
CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGER
 Vincent LEVIONNOIS
 Olivier THELOT
SEGECO
 Dick MACDONALD
 Karl LANGFELD
L'ESPRIT Jean Claude Dufour
 Michel MAMZER
 Nicolas MAMZER
ETS H. LEDEE
 Pascal MARCHAIS
 Eric PAGES
FILLES DES ILES
 Augustin MASUREL
 William LESGUILLIER
BARTHLOC
 Vincent MICHAUX
 Charles ANGST
ALU ROLLER
 Ad NOORDZIJ
 Maarten NOORDZIJ
RELWEN
 Iordanis PASCHALIDIS
 Konstantinos TRIGONIS
MARCHE U
 Olivier PILON
 Maxime LOISELLE
TRADEWIND AVIATION
 Todd RICCARDI
 Ian LIBERTY
GREAT BAY EXPRESS
 Bernard SILLEM
 Frits BUS
AMC
 Guy SPARACCA
 Pierre ARBONA
MARLA
 Charles TOMEO
 Dalton TEBO
TURBE
 Piet VAN POPPEL
 Cedric HEEREN
ODP 2
 Christian VILATE
 Juan martin CORREA
TRANSIT PAR SUCH
 Stefan VOGEL
 Christian TRAMITZ

 

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