Organized by the Saint Barth Multi-Hulls Association along with the Nautical Center of Saint Barth, the 2008 edition of the Saint Barth Cata Cup took place on the weekend of November 21-23 on the bay of Saint Jean. This two-handed race for sport catamarans was launched in 1992 by several sailing fans. It took place for three consecutive years, 1992-1994, before it was interrupted in 1995 by the passage of hurricane Luis.
Saint Barth Multi-Hulls has picked up the flame 14 years later. Their goal is to make this regatta—which is now expected to take place every year in November—the absolute “must” event in the West Indies for sport catamarans, Antilles en catamarans de sport. The winner of the 2008 edition was the Belgian/French duo of Emmanuel Boulogne and Tanguey Kervyn.
Antoine Meunier, from the Touquet Sailing Club in France, was the president of this race, which began on Friday, November 21 with a clockwise around-the-island regatta starting in the bay of Saint Jean. The 14 catamarans in the event left the starting line at 10:30 a.m. with strong winds of 20-25 knots and high seas. Boulogne and Kervyn— aboard a catamaran marked Ness—took top honors on day one, with the father/son team of Olivier and Quentin Bernaz from Saint Martin turning in a good performance as well.
Day two: Saturday, November 22 saw a race from Saint Jean bay to the small outlying islands north of Saint Barth. This was instead of going to Tintamare, since there was too much wind to head toward Saint Martin. Repeating their victory on day one, Boulogne and Kervyn once again led the pack.
Sunday, November 23 comprised a triangular race on day three, with the boats in three groups (rather than a double tour of the island cancelled due to weather conditions). Emmanuel Boulogne, 2004 World Champion for Formula 18, and Tanguy Kervyn once again came in first, securing the top spot as the winners of the 2008 Saint Barth Cata Cup.
The dates have already been set for the 2009 Saint Barth Cata Cup: November 20-22. www.stbarthcatacup.com