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November 6th, 2019

A Sold Out Regatta!


The 12th edition of the St. Barth Cata Cup is right around the corner, and it’s a full house. As of today, with 60 duos registered, the regatta is, as they say, sold out! This of course makes the organizers extremely pleased, as the event gets bigger and better every year, from competitive battles on the waves to a roster that is more impressive in terms of quality, featuring many of the best international Formula 18 champions, as well as light sailboat experts, talented amateurs, and a few newcomers attracted by the format of the races. Here’s the scoop.

 SAINT-BARTH CATA-CUP  2018 : Prix St-Barth Assurance, Allianz © Pascal AlemanySt Barth-Cata Cup 2018 - Pascal Alemany

 

The clock has started ticking for the organizers of the St. Barth Cata Cup. It’s now less than three weeks until the starting gun for the 12th edition and the event is already certain to put on a great show, with very competitive, high-level races. And for good reason as this regatta reserved exclusively for Formula 18 catamarans, will feature 60 teams of two, including some of the top specialists in this class, such as defending champions Belgians Patrick Demesmaeker and Olivier Gagliani, or Konstantinos Trigonis from Greece, and Argentineans Cruz Gonzales Smith and Mariano Heuser, respectively second and third in the world championships for the class held last summer (more details in last month’s press release), as well as a multitude of different demographics.

 

The first difference is generational, as of the 120 racers this year the age range is 19 to 68, the youngest being Argentinean Octavio Doberssan, while American Ken Marshack is the oldest. Marshack, one of the leaders on the Class A circuit in the US for many years, is one of those sailors who decided to race with a family member in St. Barth on November 20-24, where he will team up with his son Eric, along with Patrick Carro and his son William, who are French.

 

There are also brother duos, rather than father and son, such as the Boulogne brothers Emmanuel and Vincent. Regulars at the regatta, these Northern French sailors hope to threaten the leaders, and beat their eight place finish last year.

 

There are also those who sail as couples, such as Austrians Manfred Zeissel and Evelyne Haselsteiner, Danes Jan Jensen and Penelope Wyon, as well as Paul Marette and Justine Lelieur or Frédéric and Anne Boc-Ho from France. The latter are returning after a three-year absence, while others are discovering the St. Barth Cata Cup for the very first time. That is the case for Jonathan Suau and Mario Tassis from Martinique, as well as the Saint Barth duo Brice Molina and Yannis Delvas, who knows the event like the back of his hand, having covered it via drone on behalf of the organizers for the past few years.

France Well Represented, USA In Force

 

SAINT-BARTH CATA-CUP  2018 : Prix EDEN ROCK Villa Rental : BUDGET : Stefan VOGEL, Daniel PARERA (GER248) © Michael GrammSt Barth-Cata Cup 2018 - Michael  Gramm

Taking a closer look at the roster, there are many different countries represented. Thirteen to be exact: Argentina, Germany, Belgium, Canada, Greece, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, The Netherlands, Morocco, USA, and France. If France is by far the country with the most teams, (a total of 29 with Martinique, Guadeloupe, Saint Martin, and Saint Barth included), the United States is also represented in force with 11 tandems set to race.

 

Perhaps not well known in Europe, certain of these sailors have a lot of F18 experience, others are experts in Class A, Flying Phantom, Extreme 40, the GC32, or M32. That is the case for John Tomko, who will sail with Jonathan Atwood, as well as for Tripp Burd (brother of Trevor, a member of the American Magic team for the America’s Cup). Burd will team up with Charles Tomeo, who has changed partners after three years as a duo with Dalton Tebo, who will once again be present, but this time with Ian Ray. In short, there are all kinds of sailors from near and far taking part in this iconic regatta. Sailors who understand that in Saint Barth high-level racing goes hand-in-hand with conviviality!

 

Prix EDEN ROCK Villa Rental © Pascal Alemany

St. Barth Cata-Cup - Pascal Alemany



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Victory For Jean-Christophe Mourniac & Antoine Rucard
November 24

Sunday, November 24, the fourth and final day of the St. Barth Cata Cup, was decisive, with four boats still in contention for the top prize before the last two races. There was still a huge sense of suspense as the boats set sail, and even more so at the end of the first race when Gurvan Bontemps and Benjamin Amiot (Eden Rock St Barth) found themselves with the same number of points as Jean-Christophe Mourniac and Antoine Rucard (Eden Rock Villa Rental), after their victory in race n°6. The tension, already palpable, increased to the max after the start of the seventh and final race, with Argentineans Cruz Gonzalez Smith and Mariano Heuser (Architectonik) and the French duo of Orion and Antoine Martin (Mext Cardio) still on the attack. Under pressure, Mourniac & Rucard, who were in the leaders’ spot as of Saturday evening after the race around the island, did not waver, winning the last race, and as a result, the overall regatta.  

Who Will Be On The Final Podium?
November, 23

Today, Saturday, November 23, the third day of competition saw the 60 duos in the 12th edition of the St.Barth Cata Cup facing a first race in the bay of Saint Jean, then a tour around the island with a coefficient of two, and the possibility to topple the reigning hierarchy after the first three races. Which is exactly what happened. The biggest names impacted were certainly Cruz Gonzalez Smith and Mariano Heuser (Architectonik). Sixth in the last race of the day, the Argentineans lost the first place position they held since the first day, ceding it to Jean-Christophe Mourniac and Antoine Rucard (Eden Rock Villa Rental). And even more dramatic, they fell to third place overall behind Gurvan Bontemps and Benjamin Amiot (Eden Rock) who actually jumped from seventh to second place after a remarkable double victory. This perfect day of sailing allowed them to win the ST BARTH ASSURANCES – ALLIANZ Prize.  

Battles To The Finish
November, 22nd

On Friday, the second day of competition for the 12th annual St.Barth Cata Cup, the 60 competing teams set sail at 11 o’clock for a 15-mile race between the bay of Saint Jean and Coco, the small island off the coast of Saline. A race that was both tactical and physical due to unstable winds from the north-northwest (between 7 and 14 knots), and eventually won by Jean-Christophe Mourniac and Antoine Rucard. This duo battled it out for much of the race with current titleholders Patrick Demesmaeker and Olivier Gagliani, and perfectly negotiated the second half of the itinerary by sailing close to the cliffs. They ended up with a comfortable lead, winning the EDEN ROCK VILLA RENTAL Prize, which is perfect as they are sailing in the colors of EDEN ROCK VILLA RENTAL this week. They are now in second place in the overall ratings, inching closer to Argentineans Cruz Gonzalez Smith and Mariano Heuser (Architectonik) who have maintained their lead, thanks to their third-place performance today.  

Gonzalez Smith & Heuser Take Charge
Jeudi 21 novembre 2019

The 12e edition of St.Barth Cata Cup opened on Thursday, November 21. On this first day of racing, the 60 participating duos that expected to sail in light winds were finally able to enjoy winds of 8 to 15 knots. However, the conditions were rather unstable in terms of force and direction, making it hard for some but perfect for others, such as Argentineans Cruz Gonzalez Smith and Mariano Heuser, sailing in the colors of Architectonik, who proved the steadiness of their performance in spite of wind variations, winning the first race and placing fourth in the second. That put them first place in the overall standings for the day, as well as first place winners for the “Design Affairs-001” Prize, in front of Jean-Christophe Mourniac and Antoine Rucard (Eden-Rock Villa Rental) and John Tomko and Jonathan Atwood (Boglioni), respectively placing second and third.

In The Starting Blocks!
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

After a day dedicated to getting the boats ready, confirming registrations, and initial training, the 60 duos participating in the 12th edition of the Cata Cup are ready for some serious competition. In fact, the first race gets underway at 9.30am on Thursday. The races will get off to an easy start, with winds expected from the west-northwest at about 8-10 knots. These conditions for those not used to sailing around the island mean the regattas could be highly technical, with site-specific considerations. This could make things challenging even for the more experienced sailors such as current title holders Belgians Patrick Demesmaeker and Olivier Gagliani, Greek Konstantinos Trigonis, or Argentineans  Cruz Gonzales Smith and Mariano Heuser, respectively second and third in the last F18 world championships, who all need to keep their eyes wide open and prove their mettle to contain attacks from some pretty fierce competition

A Sold Out Regatta!
November 6th, 2019

The 12th edition of the St. Barth Cata Cup is right around the corner, and it’s a full house. As of today, with 60 duos registered, the regatta is, as they say, sold out! This of course makes the organizers extremely pleased, as the event gets bigger and better every year, from competitive battles on the waves to a roster that is more impressive in terms of quality, featuring many of the best international Formula 18 champions, as well as light sailboat experts, talented amateurs, and a few newcomers attracted by the format of the races. Here’s the scoop.

Getting Ready For The 12 th Edition!
October 1st 2019

The 12th edition of the St Barth Cata-Cup, organized by the St Barth Multihulls Association, takes place on November 20-24, 2019. There are already 59 racing duos, representing 11 nations, which have confirmed their participation in this competitive event reserved for Formula 18 catamarans. These include those who never miss this regatta no matter what, a handful of newcomers attracted by the concept and the extremely convivial ambiance of the event, as well as a few super stars who enjoy the high-level island racing, which is as technical as it is idyllic. Even if the roster seems somewhat diverse, excitement in the battle for the top spot is already mounting. Who will win the title this year? Will Belgians Patrick Demesmaeker and Olivier Gagliani, current champions, be the first team to win a triple play? Or Greek Konstantinos Trigonis, who missed a second victory by a hair in the last edition, will he be back to take top honors with his usual acolyte, Iordanis Paschalidis? Or how about Argentineans Cruz Gonzales Smith and Mariano Heuser, third in the class as the last world championships in July, will they succeed in their quest for the top step on the podium? Or will someone else swoop in for a surprise victory? It’s anyone’s race to win!  



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