Thursday November 16th 2017 no less than 47 crews were at the start line of the 10th edition of the St. Barth Cata-Cup. With a nice south-east wind between 8 and 12 knots the boats were on their way for a nice tour around the island.The effects of the several rocks and the island itself are huge, so it’s an important to choose wisely where and how to round the island. The Greek duo of Iordanis Paschalidis & Konstantinos Trigkonis (Team Relwen) were the fastest on the first day followed by Pierre Le Clainche & Antoine Joubert (Team Design Affairs – 001) in 2nd. French routiniers Franck Cammas & Matthieu Vandame (team ODP 1) finished in 3rd.
The first race of the St. Barth Cata-Cup started at 14:30 for a raid of twenty miles around the island of Saint-Barthélem. Pierre Le Clainche & Antoine Joubert (Team Design Affairs – 001) had a good start and controlled the fleet for 99% of the race. Even the feared Grenadin crossing went very well for this team, but they couldn’t prevent being taken over in the last 100 meters before finishing. “It’s a bit frustrating to be in the lead for 99,9% of the race and to be overtaken in the very last meters”, tells helmsman Vannetais on his arrival at the beach. “Near Saint-Jean, we were between the Greek on one side who took more advantage of the pressure on the course, and Cammas/Vandame on the other side.“ In the last stage of the race the Greek made the difference pure on top speed. “It was really nice fight and conditions were superb. After the start we were a little afraid of being confronted with big areas of light wind , but the a constant wind was there during the whole race”, tells winner Iordanis Paschalidis who’s a serious contender this year for winning the 10th edition.