In preparation for the town of Lamentin’s sail day, the Club Nautique Le Neptune organized the fifth edition of the Grand Match on Saturday, the 27th and Sunday, the 28th of January. 120 competitors split into 12 crews faced off at Morne Cabri, both out on the water for sailing in dinghy and cruising boats (Lasers, Optimist, Catamaran, Surprise) and on land, where there was a selection of games including archery and basketball.
The full-time teams at the CN Neptune and at the Lamentin Office of Sporting Activity, managed by Claude Vatran and the racing committee. allowed a sustained rhythm of activity, based on the principal of one departure every 30 minutes. The 40 volunteers at the scene knew how to channel the mixture of activity in order to guarantee the safety of competitors while maintaining the entertainment.
Light winds on Saturday morning could have spoilt the trials, but organizers acted imaginatively to change the rules rather than canceling starts. The challenges were more slapstick than technical, which contributed to the atmosphere (rounding giant buoys, crazy boats) which nonetheless demanded energy and organization. Saturday was rounded off with an evening regatta and dinner, with Sunday finishing with a prize giving in front of tired but happy competitors.
The ‘Roots Secours’ team, led by Felix Ledoux was particularly proud to claim its third victory after 2005 and 2006, and will take the trophy home for good. The CN Neptune will be investing in a new prize which will be awarded next year.
- ROOT’S SECOURS : Félix LEDOUX
- CLUB NAUTIQUE DU MARIN : Mario JACQUA
- LAS TEAM OF SCHOELCHER : Anthony N’GO