With the help of sponsors and thanks to the ever-increasing efforts of President Jean-Michel Mariziou, the Triskell Association has been, since 2000, one of the main forces behind a resurgent dynamism in sailing in Guadeloupe. This has been marked by the return of numerous regattas, such as the ‘Tour de Guadeloupe’, as well as the creation of new events which attract a good deal of participants from surrounding islands and from France. This year, once again, the sailing calendar is bursting.
The 40-foot Regatta: 25 and 26 March 2007
With Luc Coquelin and the Capitainerie of the Marina Bas Du Fort, the Triskell Association is proposing a regatta with the 40 foot Route du Rhum boats. Many of the Class 40 monohulls stayed in the Marina, and it would be a shame not to profit from their presence. The crews combine skippers and local crew and will have a packed weekend. Saturday will see a departure for a Pointe a Pitre-to-Marie Galante and back race, followed on Sunday by Pointe a Pitre-to-Les Saintes and back. All complemented, obviously, by a Saturday evening at the Capitainerie.
The Triskell Trophy : 21 and 22 April 2007, Departure for the Antigua Race: 26 April 2007
This new regatta, the Triskell Trophy, will take place in front of Gosier island and will be made up of several legs, both Olympic triangle and windward/leeward. This regatta is open to cruisers and multihulls, with the aim of bringing together boats heading for Antigua Sailing Week, in order to participate in the Antigua Race on Thursday 26 April, between Deshaies and Antigua; 20 to 30 boats are expected. Following demand from Antigua Sailing Week organizers, the association – with the support of the Deshaies Tourism Committee, will be taking up a flame that was dropped long ago. After a weekend of training, the boats will head for Deshaies on Wednesday where a party is organized before departure on Thursday.
The Tour of Guadeloupe : 16 to 20 May 2007
This is an eternal rendez-vous with five days of regatta where strength is put to an extreme test, not only by the length of races but also by the evening parties. These improve year on year in order to offer the best traditional and local welcome. Sixty boats (cruising and multihull) are expected, with a Guyanese boat, a boat crewed by those with physical difficulties, two boats from Guadeloupean sailing schools, and Gilles Lamire (2006 Route du Rhum) with his TrimaranMadinina.
The Triskell Cup : 2, 3 and 4 November 2007
This mythical regatta coming in at the end of the hurricane season has followers from the Caribbean and Europe. An exceptional level was reached in 2006, with a record participation, particularly from Martinique. Should we expect 100 boats this year?
For more information go to www.triskellcup.com