The Triskell Organization hesitated a long time before launching this year’s tour. Due to the economic crisis, sponsors did not want to invest. And local institutions’ financial help was uncertain up to a few weeks before the event, which made Triskell wonder if they were going to fail. Guadeloupe’s nautical community decided otherwise.
No, they did not fail, reports Triskell President Jean Michel Marziou, and instead achieved a beautiful Tour—49 boats (47 in 2008) were on the start line Wednesday May 20 in front of Gosier Islet with sunshine and 15 knots of wind.
The stopover at St Louis of Marie Galante, like Port Louis, Deshaies, Les Saintes, was festive and friendly. Competitors, friends and relatives were present, answering Marziou’s call to demonstrate, if needed, that the conviviality on the Tour is almost as important as the competition itself. As usual, the evening at Les Saintes was a fabulous climax to the event.
For the second year in a row, the organization set up a cumulated compensated time. This racing system offered an interesting fight between smaller boats at ease in medium strength winds. The overall winner was Batti+Bagghi with Luc Duponteil at the helm. Without any leg victory, he managed to reach the highest step on the podium. Due to the increasing number of boats in the CSA mono-hulls class, a second group should be created next year, Marziou advises.
A large and tired crowd, after five days of racing, came to the prizegiving ceremony at Marina Bas du Fort on Pointe à Pitre. The CTIG (Comité du Tourisme des Iles de Guadeloupe, or Tourism Office of Guadeloupe), and Nouvelles Antilles had invited journalists from France which shows the economical impact of this event for Guadeloupe. Due to logistics problems the major local TV channel RFO could not cover the event.
Participation of major local and international racers such as Victor Jean Noel, Luc Coquelin, Claude Thelier, Willy Bicente and Christine Montlouis is a sign … it is a major Caribbean event. Dates are set for April 1-5, 2010. For results : www.triskellcup.com. Contact: email@example.com.
Report and photos submitted by the Triskell Organization