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Guadeloupean News – Feb 07

Guadeloupe’s Marie-Galante regatta

Over the weekend of December 2 – 3, 2006, the last regatta of the Championship of Guadeloupe took place. This regatta, in three stages, is notable for including a stopover at one of the islands of the Guadeloupe archipelago : Marie-Galante. Eighteen competitors hit the start line in ideal conditions on Saturday at 1 p.m. Wind speed had remained stable at 20 knots all weekend for the competitors’ pleasure. After the first leg (Pointe a Pitre to Marie Galante) and an evening which once again put the welcome to the forefront, competitors were able to grapple on Sunday on perfect water (flat but breezy) during the round the buoys stage which made up the second leg.

The return to Pointe a Pitre for the third leg was set for 1 p.m., a departure which proved to be fatal for the J120 Paulista who lost first place to the Gibsea 414 Sofaia. In the Racing Class, no suprises ; the Class 10 EIB Marina Bas du Fort led all three stages despite a difficult season due to crew changes and a broken rudder earlier in the year. Likewise in Cruising, where Pascal Poisson’s Manga Reva was not troubled. In the Multihull Class, even if it was not overly evident on the water, Vincent Trancart’s Eo shamed Alexandre Bonvoisin’s Coco Kafe. All in all, a closing regatta for the 2006 season which hints at some good battles for 2007.

Results :
Racing :

  1. EIB-Marina-Bas-du-Fort 
  2. Gwada Speed Boat
  3. Clair de vent

Racing Cruising :

  1. Sofaïa
  2. Paulista
  3. Caraibans

Multihulls :

  1. Eo
  2. Coco Kafé 

Cruising :

  1. Manga Reva 
  2. Syrius 2
  3. Youyou Too

Téléthon:  three days of solidarity and activity for the support of those in need

Born in France in 1986, the Telethon has become an institution which takes place every years. For three days, televised sporting challenges are underway across all French Departements in order to gather funds to combat rare, neurological, genetic disorders.

Once again this year, Guadeloupe leapt into action in order to help find a cure for these disorders: land-based challenges as well as nautical ones took place between the 8th and 10th of December.

Among them, Philippe Chastanet (Jet ski champion) upheld his bet to complete the crossing between Guadeloupe and Martinique (there and back). Despite some horrific sea conditions, he reached his goal in 10 hours, raising 7,461 Euros. On the swimming side, a ‘palmathon’ gathered 27 swimmers who reached Saint Louis in Marie Galante in 8 hours 20 minutes. Accompanied by Tip Top Croisieres (a day charter catamaran) to allow rotation, the swimmers relayed in order to reach their goal, which was under 12 hours.

Claude Thelier (8th trimaran in the Route du Rhum) had, according to him, established a record for his Pointe a Pitre to Les Saintes crossing: 2 hours and 50 minutes with, on board, 6 young sick children who lived a magical moment. In Saint Francos, Philippe Fiston (10th Imoca Monohull in the Route du Rhum) put on, at the Raisin Clairs beach, a sporting challenge called ’24 hours on the beach’ which grouped together several beach sports.

Back from the Pacific:  Geronimo-CapGemini

Olivier de Kersauson’s famous trimaran Geronimo-CapGemini recently made a technical stopover at the Marina Bas du Fort, Gosier. With the support of partners who share the same objectives—pushing the barriers, taking risks, innovation, and teamwork—this eccentric sailor has returned with his record-breaking trimaran after a year and a half in the Pacific Ocean. Olivier de Kersauson is one of the best-known French sailors in the world, the most popular among other sailors and even among Bretons. The sea is his ‘raison d’etre’, his passion.

Records held by Geronimo (2005/2006):
June 2006 Yokohama / San Francisco 4482 miles 13d 22h 38m 28s
May 2006 Yokohama / Hong Kong 1650 Miles 4d 17h 47m 23s
April 2006 San Francisco / Yokohama 4482 Miles 14d 22h 40m 41s
July 2005 Around Australia 6500 Miles 17d12h 57m 5s
August 2005 Sydney Tahiti (Papeete) 3298 Miles 13d 8h 25m 56s
November 2005 Transpacific (Los Angeles / Honolulu) 2215 Miles 4d 19h 31m 37s.

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