Seventy crews from Guadeloupe, St Martin, Antigua, Martinique, Dominica and mainland France battled it out for three days between November 2 to 4, 2007, on the magnificent waters off Gosier. More than 400 sailors took part, in boats ranging from the Swan 56, to the Archambault 40, Enderson 30, J120, Flying Tiger, Surprise and Class 8.
This 7th edition of the Triskell Cup will be fondly remembered, and represents a turning point in the event. Never, in fact, has such a density of sporting excellence been put together in this regatta, which has become—after the St Maarten Heineken Regatta and the Antigua Sailing Week—the 3rd big Caribbean regatta, and the number one among the French islands. Of note on the committee boat was Neil Forrester, the manager of Sailing Week, and Tim Wright, who came especially from London to photograph the event.
Arnaud de Meillac on ‘Sailing Styl’ Caraibe’ from Martinique in the Racing Cruising Class, battered the rest of the fleet on his Archambault 40, with a crew reinforced by some elite metropolitan talent. “We experienced three days of pure joy; the water was wonderful and the organization was simply perfect,” he said.
In Racing, the battle was also strong. “We have been coming every year since the Triskell began,” explains Nicolas Gillet from Martinique, who won on Clipper’s Ship.
Just as much pleasure in the multihull class. Vincent de Maynard on Super U allowed himself a smile: “Weather conditions were ‘top’ and the crew showed that it was well in synch.”
On shore, a crew dinner for 900 people was entertained by a carnival group and DJ Rene oversaw, a night that will not be soon forgotten. The 8th edition of the Triskell Cup will be from 8 to 10 November 2008, and the Around Guadeloupe Race will be from the 23rd to 27th May, 2008.
Event report submitted by Triskell Cup, translated by Nick Marshall