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November, 16 2018

Regatta Gets Off To A Flying Start!


The 11e edition of the St.Barth Cata Cup got off to a flying start on Thursday, since as expected, the weather conditions brought high winds, between 16 and 20 knots, but which allowed the committee to launch two races. The first was in the bay of St Jean, and the second, which was longer, between the islets of Tortue and Bœuf. If there were many unexpected maneuvers and some radical departures from the course, or in the case of the duo Kévin Gréaux— Hervé Brin (SBDE) who finished with a mast bent in two, the battle toward the finish was spectacular, especially for those in the front. In the end, if the Belgians Patrick Demesmaeker and Olivier Gagliani (Les Perles de St Barth) and the Greeks Iordanis Paschalidis and Konstantinos Trigonis (St Barth Assurances) each earned a victory, the first place after day one goes to Argentineans Pablo Volker et Sergio Mehl (Paraboot by Maxwell & Co), who sailed strong and steady to win second place in both races and are thus the winners of the Grand Prix “DESIGN AFFAIRS-OO1.”

 

Jour 1 © St Barth Cata Cup

 

This first day of competition looked promising, with challenging weather conditions. And it kept its promises. With winds from the east blowing between 18 and 20 knots in the morning, and between 15 and 17 knots in the afternoon, the committee was able to launch two races. Belgians Patrick Demesmaeker and Olivier Gagliani (Les Perles de St Barth), won the first race in the bay of St Jean, while Greeks Iordanis Paschalidis and Konstantinos Trigonis (St Barth Assurances), last year’s winners and current world champions, dominated the second race. “It was a great first day. In terms of results, we are pleased since we placed first and fifth. It was a bit of a surprise to win the first round and I think we upset all of our competition, as they were really on their toes for the second round! The stakes are high and all the favorites are clearly in form,” notes Patrick Demesmaeker, manifestly at ease in strong conditions, yet impressed by the speed of their Greek adversaries. “They are very fast, and they won the second race with a nice lead, but that isn’t a real surprise. Those who did the Worlds last month in Florida, such as Mitch Booth, said you needed binoculars to see them, they were so impressive,” notes Olivier Gagliani, who counts on a few errors by the tandem of Iordanis Paschalidis— Konstantinos Trigonis to keep them from winning a second consecutive year in Saint Barth. As for the Greek error, there was a question mark during the first race. “We thought that the finish line was the same as the starting line, which was actually not the case. We got too close to the shore and we fell into a zone with no wind, which caused us to lose several places,” explained the skipper, who went from fourth to 11th place and lost precious points. “They say we needed a race to warm up, but tomorrow, that won’t happen again!” adds the Greek, who has thrown down the gauntlet and has little intention of staying in fifth place in the overall standings.

 

The Favorites Raring To Go

 

PRIX DESIGNaffairs © Pascal Alemany

 

Argentineans Pablo Volker and Sergio Mehl (Paraboot by Maxwell & Co) lead the pack after day one, and made a strong debut for their first participation in the regatta. “Globally, we made good starts and succeeded in getting to the front pretty quickly. We had a great day, and to be honest, we didn’t expect to be in first place,” admits Sergio Mehl, while the competition is actually not so surprised to see him sailing so well. That is because he and partner recently finished 11th in the F18 Worlds. In addition, they both have solid results in Class A. “We know that the battle will be intense right until the end, no matter what the weather brings,” points out the South American sailor, who was not upset that the committee delayed the start of the first race. “If we have left as planned at 10am, it really would have been too windy, with gusts over 30 knots. I think it was really a good decision for everybody that the start was slightly later,” says the Argentinean. And it’s not just the most amateur teams who felt that way, on the contrary, even Dan Maxwell and Nick Lovisa (Maxwell & Co) preferred staying on the shore for avoid being scared, while a handful of others had to abandon the race due to damage on their boats, such as Kévin Gréaux and Hervé Brin (SBDE), two young sailors from St Barth, whose broken mast means the rest of the regatta is a question mark for them. Same thing for Pierre Altier and Olivier Sanz (Moh’s Place), limping now that one of them tore a ligament in his knee. But no matter what, the rest of the regatta promises to be as intense as winds on Friday, for the Grand Prix Eden Rock Villas Rental, should be between 25 and 27 for the first part of the day, before things calm down a bit in the afternoon. But once again there should be a great spectacle… and some sailing feats.

 

PRIX DESIGNaffairs © Michael Gramm

 

Schedule for Friday, November 16:

  • 8:45am-9am: “Wake Me Up” with Geoffrey Personal Trainer
  • 9am: Briefing, Grand Prix “EDEN ROCK VILLA RENTALS”
  • 12pm-1:30pm: Lunch at NIKKI BEACH
  • 2:30pm: Grand Prix “EDEN ROCK VILLA RENTALS
  • 8pm: Results announced for Grand Prix “EDEN ROCK VILLA RENTALS”
  • Dinner at NIKKI BEACH
  • 9pm: Free concert open to the public at NIKKI BEACH with North Island Band followed by DJ EYEDOL


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November, 18 2018

The fourth and final day of the 11th St. Barth Cata Cup was expected to be decisive, at least for second and third place. But things turned out completely differently than anticipated. The reason?  A huge mistake made by the Greeks, Iordanis Paschalidis and Konstantinos Trigonis (St Barth Assurances). In fact, well on their way to a fifth straight race win, and first place in the overall rankings, the current world champions took the marker in the wrong direction. A mistake they won’t soon forget as it pushed them from first to fourth place. Yet this error worked to the advantage of duo Enrique Figueroa and Ruben Booth (Nikki Beach St Barth), winners of the “MARCHE U” Grand Prize, and especially for the tandem of Patrick Demesmaeker and Olivier Gagliani (Les Perles de St Barth), who at the end of the day, shot to the top step of the podium and became the big winners of this regatta, repeating their 2015 victory. They have now joined Misha Heemskerk and Eduard Zanen in the very small circle of double winners for this event.

Sailing Toward A Second Greek Victory?
November, 17 2018

Winds between 15 and 18 knots, seas much calmer than earlier this week, and a big tropical sun: this third day of competition for the 11th St. Barth Cata Cup saw almost ideal sailing conditions, allowing the committee to launch two great races. Both were hard-fought but finally won by Greeks Iordanis Paschalidis and Konstantinos Trigonis (St Barth Assurances) who, since their unfortunate error during the first race, which earned them an 11th place, have been seemingly untouchable. In fact, these current world champions have been sailing perfect races. So this evening they are not only the winners of the Grand Prix “ST BARTH ASSURANCES-ALLIANZ,” but have also moved to the top of the provisional ratings, making a serious bid for an ultimate victory. Yet to succeed in that bid for a second consecutive win, the title holders have to remain vigilant, because hot on their heels, the competition is coming on strong. The proof is in the pudding: the five top boats in the overall ratings are within 11 points. Which means that the final race on Sunday, from Saint Jean to Public, will be the deciding factor. 

Right Side Up And Upside Down
November, 16 2018

On Friday, the second day of competition for the 11th St. Barth Cata Cup, the weather conditions made life difficult, not only for the race committee, which had to adapt the schedule in relationship to passing rain showers, and as a result could not start the day’s race until 3:30pm, but also for the racers who had to cope with winds between 20 and 25 knots and chaotic seas during the only race of the day. In these challenging conditions, basically similar to the previous day, logically the same teams were at the head of the class. And the triple stars of the day? Greeks Iordanis Paschalidis and Konstantinos Trigonis (St Barth Assurances), Argentineans Pablo Volker and Sergio Mehl (Paraboot by Maxwell & Co), and Belgians Patrick Demesmaeker and Olivier Gagliani (Les Perles de St Barth). These three duos engaged in a remarkable battle right up to the last tack, and if the current world champions finally won the Grand Prix “EDEN ROCK VILLA RENTAL,” the South Americans held on to their first place in the provisional ratings for the regatta at the end of day two. These ratings are a bit upside down at the moment, due to a large number of boats that were forced to abandon: only 29 of the 51 that started actually crossed the finish line in the regatta’s third race.

Regatta Gets Off To A Flying Start!
November, 16 2018

The 11e edition of the St.Barth Cata Cup got off to a flying start on Thursday, since as expected, the weather conditions brought high winds, between 16 and 20 knots, but which allowed the committee to launch two races. The first was in the bay of St Jean, and the second, which was longer, between the islets of Tortue and Bœuf. If there were many unexpected maneuvers and some radical departures from the course, or in the case of the duo Kévin Gréaux— Hervé Brin (SBDE) who finished with a mast bent in two, the battle toward the finish was spectacular, especially for those in the front. In the end, if the Belgians Patrick Demesmaeker and Olivier Gagliani (Les Perles de St Barth) and the Greeks Iordanis Paschalidis and Konstantinos Trigonis (St Barth Assurances) each earned a victory, the first place after day one goes to Argentineans Pablo Volker et Sergio Mehl (Paraboot by Maxwell & Co), who sailed strong and steady to win second place in both races and are thus the winners of the Grand Prix “DESIGN AFFAIRS-OO1.”

Zoom on Léo Jordil and Arnaud Camoin
15 Novembre 2018

Among the 102 sailors taking part in the 11th edition of the St.Barth Cata Cup, which set sail on Thursday November 15, there are both professionals and amateurs, athletes from the four corners of the globe. Among the amateurs is Léo Jordil, whose father Vincent is one of the original organizers of the regatta. This year is the first time that Léo’s busy schedule has allowed him to participate in this event, and for his baptism by fire, the Saint Barth native chose Arnaud Camoin as his partner, although they usually sail together on a very different kind of boat, the 15 M JI Tuiga, flagship of the Yacht Club de Monaco. 

An 11th Edition That Promises To Be Vigorous!
November, 14 2018

After a day dedicated to preparing boats, confirming registrations, and training, the 51 crews representing the 11 nations participating in the 11th edition of St.Barth Cata Cup are ready to set sail. In fact as of Thursday, at 10am, they will attack the first race of the challenge. A challenge that promises to be especially vigorous, with winds coming from the east at 20 to 25 knots—at least for the first two days of the competition. Enough to guarantee some stylistic fireworks as well as a great show put on by the grand champions such as the Greeks Iordanis Paschalidis and Konstantinos Trigonis, current world champions back to defend their Cata Cup title, and at least 10 other duos who would like to give them a run for their money and take first place. And yes, this year once again, the level of the competition is very high, and the expected high winds could create some unexpected surprises.

The Roster Gets Better And Better!
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

  As the 11th edition of the St.Barth Cata Cup rapidly approaches, the organizers are busy getting ready to enthusiastically welcome the 60 teams expected for the event, including last year’s winners, Iordanis Paschalidis and Konstantinos Trigonis. This Greek duo, recently crowned Formula 18 World Champions in Sarasota, Florida, will try to defend their title and once again be victorious at the Cata Cup. Yet, to do so, there could be some choppy waters, as the competition not only comprises other teams who finished in the Top 15 at the Worlds in Florida, but also some top-name competitors —champions aboard sports catamaran or in other sailboat classes— including: Australian Gavin Colby; Noé Delpech, world vice-champion 2018 in the 49er class; or Morgan Lagravière, winner of the Cata Cup in 2014, and who has been racing recently on the 60 ft. IMOCA circuit. These ace sailors have just confirmed their participation or been given wild cards, to compete a roster that was already impressive, and only continues to get better!   Iordanis Paschalidis and Konstantinos Trigonis, F18 World Champions  

Race Boats Heading To Saint Barth
Tuesday, October 8, 2018

With the 11th edition of the St. Barth Cata-Cup setting sail just a month and a half from now, the organizers are getting everything ready to properly welcome the competitors. In Europe, on the last Friday in September, nine boats were loaded into a sea container that left Hyères to cross the ocean toward the Caribbean, while two other large metal cases with a total of 19 Formula 18 cats will be ready to leave on October 10 from Gravelines. The plan is for them all to arrive the week before the regatta in Gustavia. This is perfect timing so that the 55 duos registered to date, as well as two tandems with wild card status—Mitch and Rita Booth and Enrique Figueroa and Ruben Booth—to get their bearings out on the water before moving on to the more serious task at hand.

The 11th Edition On The Horizon!
September 5, 2018

The 11th edition of the St. Barth Cata-Cup takes place on November 14-18, 2018. There are already no less than 55 crews representing 14 nations that have confirmed their registration for this event that is reserved for Formula 18 catamarans. Among them, there are those regulars who would not miss this regatta no matter what, such as Emmanuel Boulogne, Patrick Demesmaeker, Olivier Gagliani, Pierre Le Clainche, Antoine Joubert, and the duo of Iordanis Paschalidis and Kontantinos Trigonis, who would like to once again sail across the finish line in first place. There are also “smaller newcomers” attracted by the concept and the resoundingly convivial ambiance of this competition—a competition perfectly scheduled on the racing calendar to allow, on one hand, participants to finish their season in the tropical sun, and on the other hand, launch the island’s tourist season in a great way.



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