New location and new boats mark 2009 event
The Zoo Regatta 2009 was held on 21 and November 22, 2009, with two days of intense racing at a new site, the beach of La Creole Beach Hotel Spa in Gosier. This year’s racing utilized new boats, the Sun Fast 37 Hi WETA 4.4 sport trimarans made available by WETA Caribbean.
The league sail Guadeloupe was the ruling party directly on the water, with each fault committed by the sailors immediately identified by the judges that followed the competitors like their own shadows. There were 16 teams (4 pools of 4 defined by drawing lots) that clashed on Saturday, and only the first two teams from each pool qualified for the finals Sunday. On 7 a.m. Sunday, the wind was slow to get up but the crews were ready to do battle on beach. After four rounds, the winning team was Claude Thelier and Anthony Pioche.
The awards ceremony and celebration on Sunday evening at Wiki Beach allowed the pressure maintained throughout the two days to fall away. Two magnificent days on fun boats, powerful and so easy, with crew who are pleasure, in a friendly atmosphere—thanks to all and Roll On next year!
Report submitted by the Zoo Regatta