From MCR Press Release
With a 38-mile route between La Trinité and Carbet Beach on the Caribbean coast, second leg was the longest of this 2023 Martinique Cata Raid.
Before the start, all sailors were fearing the passage of Pebble Point, at the very north of the island, which can be particularly difficult to pass with big gusts of wind, and the organization planned the possibility to neutralize the race at Grand’Rivière, then organizing a rally before launching a second start in a more sheltered zone, under the wind of the island, close to Le Prêcheur.
In the end, the wind and sea conditions were mild enough to allow the entire fleet to cross this dreaded course, even if they had a hard time here, creating a capsize festival, witnessed by the Pierrick Contin’s pictures below…
US/French pair Mathieu Marfaing & Jean Boulogne was the first to cross the line in front Carbet, just ahead provisional leaders after Day 1, Lou Mourniac & Pierre-Yves Durand, Nicolas Gillet & Ian Girod finishing third.
Complete results to be published soon.