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Tuesday, 1 October 2013
The Place To Be 

Where is “The Place To Be” on November 18-26, 2013?
Saint Barthélemy, of course, as that is when more than 60 Formula 18 catamaran racers from around the world will take part in the Saint Barth Cata Cup, a regatta that features both the conviviality of the island’s residents and high-level nautical competition in a natural setting that can’t be beat.

Saint Barthélemy, discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493 and baptized after his brother Bartholomew, was owned successively by the French and Swedish, returned to France in 1878, and became a French Overseas Territory in 2007. Measuring just eight square miles, the island has numerous beaches each more magnificent than the next.

 

For those who love to compete in the Formula 18 class, there is no better place to do so. Jacopo Bracco, an Italian businessman who lives in the United States, comes back every year with great anticipation: "This regatta has become the primary event of my sports season. I discovered it thanks to my friends who told me it was a true paradise, and that is the case! What I liked from the beginning is the high level of the competitors, the international nature of the racing roster, and the exceptional location for the regatta. The waters are warm, and the weather conditions are ideal..."


Another asset that adds to the charm of the island, and makes people want to return year after year, is the warm welcome of the island's inhabitants. Jeff Lédée, a Saint Barth native, founder of the event and a Formula 18 racer, notes: "Every time there is a race here, you can sense the strength of the island. Above and beyond its beauty, there is the quality of the welcome: businesses, restaurants, and in general the entire population supports the event, with a crowd at the end of each race." The island offer support to the Saint Barth Cata Cup with no less than 84 local sponsors that have come on board over the years to help guarantee the longevity of the event.


For the past six years, saliors from around the world have taken part in this regatta: Americans, Australians, Canadians, Italians, Swiss, French, Greek, Dutch, Belgians, Austrians, English, Spaniards, Swedes, and Puerto Ricans, among others, are on the list for this year, which is already 'sold-out," in order to ensure the quality of the race and the "bonds of friendship between the racers and the organizers," insisits Hélène Guilbaud, one of the event organizers since its first year.

 


High-Level Competition and Vacation

For the racers, coming to Saint Barth is also a chance to enjoy a family vacation. Jacopo Bracco, who has competed three times, comes with this wife and daughter: "They love the beaches in Saint Barth, the sun, the warm water, and the restaurants... We often go to Nikki Beach and to the Guanahani to have a drink or enjoy a peaceful meal on the beach. We also enjoy the burgers at Jojo Burger.... ».

Economic activity on the island has developed in recent years and many of the local inhabitants have enjoyed this prosperity thanks to their resourcefulness. Jeff Ledée, who has lived on the island since he was a baby, experienced this development: "40 years ago there wasn't much work. The main activities were raising animals, fishing, and selling goods from island to island. Many residents worked on other islands... these same people brought their skills back to Saint Barth, and as tourism developed it was mostly Americans who came, but today visitors come from around the world."

 


A Few Places Not To Miss...

  • The natural pools in Petit Cul de Sac, Toiny, and Grand Fond
  • Sunset at Shell Beach
  • Nikki Beach for lobster and to party on the beach
  • The Guanahani, a fabulous resort now with 5-star status
  • Eat with your feet in the sand at O'Corail
  • Carat and Time to buy jewelry and watches
  • Saint Barth Attitude for the best t-shirts with an island spirit
  • Shopping at Filles des îles
  • Sunbathing at Gouverneur, one of the island's most beautiful beaches
  • And...simply enjoy swimming in the ocean around Saint Barth!

 


A Great Look At The Island...

Philippe Ballestazzi, a French filmmaker living in St Barth and head of the local production company, StBarthFilm, provides a great look at the island during the Saint Barth Cata Cup in this 26 minute clip: https://vimeo.com/69557779

Enjoy!


© © Pierrick Contin /ST Barth Cata Cup 2012© Pierrick Contin© Pierrick Contin /STBarth CataCup 2010© Pierrick Contin /STBarth CataCup 2010© Pierrick Contin© Pierrick Contin© Pierrick Contin© Pascal Alemany

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Cammas And Vandame Win The 2013 Saint Barth Cata Cup
November 24, 2013
© © Pierrick Contin
         Steadiness paid off for the duo Cammas/Vandame (Hotel Guanahani 2) who won the 6th edition of the Saint Barth Cata Cup beating Bundock/Van Leeuwen (Hotel Guanahani 1) and the Boulogne Brothers (Allianz-Saint Barth Assurances). The Formula 18 sailors aboard Guanahani 2 were able to remain in the top four from the very first moments of the regatta.

The Boulogne Brothers Prevail
November 23, 2013
© © Pierrick Contin
      Two races around the island of Saint Barthélemy were on the schedule for this third day of the 2013 Cata Cup. The Boulogne brothers, after some serious battling out on the water, were the winners of the RE-MAX Prize.

Cammas and Vandame Winners On Day Two
November 22, 2013
© © Pierrick Contin
      The second day of the regatta, sailed under the colors of Allianz-Saint-Barth Assurances, was very busy: the race committee launched all 55 boats for two fantastic races. Cammas and Vandame (Guanahani) were the day’s winners, taking the lead over the rest of the fleet for the first race, while the Hainneville brothers (Hotel Association) won the second race.

Bundock and Van Leeuwen Leaders On Day One
November 21, 2013
© © Pierrick Contin
       Darren Bundock and Jeroen Van Leeuwen are the winners on this first day of regattas in the bay of Saint Jean. These two sailors succeeded in maintaining a lead over Franck Cammas and Mathieu Vandame for the second half of the race.

Last detail under the tropical sun
November 20, 2013
© © Pierrick Contin
      On Wednesday, the sailors in the Saint Barth Cata Cup made the last adjustments to their boats as they checkout out the race itineraries. The event organizers and volunteers finalized the registrations, while Thursday is a big day: the 55 teams hit the waves in the bay of Saint Jean for the first day of racing.

Back In Saint Barth
November 18, 2013
© © Pierrick Contin
This week started off on a good foot for the participants of the Saint Barth Cata Cup. They got a great gift: sea containers… full of their boats!

Saint Barth Cata Cup: Toward The Starting Line
October 14, 2013
© © Pierrick Contin /ST Barth Cata Cup 2012
  In less than a week, 100 passionate Formula 18 racers will gather in Saint Barth for the Saint Barth Cata Cup. While the participants are packing their bags, their boats are crossing the ocean on a cargo ship. As for the Cata Cup organizers, they are finalizing the last details to make sure that the sailors and their families enjoy the warm welcome typical of the island.

Saint Barth Cata Cup: Franck Cammas, A Prestigious Patron
Monday, October 28, 2013
© Pascal Alemany
On November 18, in less than a month, 57 teams of two will set sail in the Bay of Saint Jean for the 6th annual Saint Barth Cata Cup. And the surprise of this edition is that award-winning French sailor Franck Cammas will be on hand wearing two hats, one as competitor and one as patron of the event.

The Place To Be 
Tuesday, 1 October 2013
© Pierrick Contin
Where is “The Place To Be” on November 18-26, 2013? Saint Barthélemy, of course, as that is when more than 60 Formula 18 catamaran racers from around the world will take part in the Saint Barth Cata Cup, a regatta that features both the conviviality of the island’s residents and high-level nautical competition in a natural setting that can’t be beat.

Saint Barth Cata Cup, Paradise For The Formula 18 Class
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
© Pierrick Contin /STBarth CataCup 2010
Crystal clear water, white sands, coconut palms, and light tropical breezes: that describes the island of St Barth, the lustrous pearl of the French Caribbean where the Saint Barth Cata Cup will take place November 18-26, 2013. This regatta has become such a highlight of the Formula 18 class that the registrations for 2013 were completely filled within 8 minutes and 34 seconds after they were opened: a record time that speaks for itself!



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