It looks as if the Saint Barth Cata-Cup for F18 class catamarans will be even bigger in 2011 than it was in 2010, when a record number of 45 two-person teams competed in this annual event. As of mid-July, there were 53 catamarans pre-registered (some waiting for final confirmation) for the 2011 event. This means at least 106 sailors will gather for what is becoming a major multi-hull competition in the Caribbean. Those sailors include the winners of the 2010 Saint Barth Cata-Cup, the US team of John Casey and Dalton Tebo, as well as Augustine and Timothy Mazurel, winners of the Gentleman Cup held in June in La Rochelle, France. There are also six teams from Saint Barth, along with entries from Italy, Martinique, Belgium, Guadeloupe, Switzerland, Monaco, The Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Canada, France, St Martin, and the US.
In the meantime, the Saint Barth team of Jeff LedÃ©e and Vincent Jordil, who are among the Cata-Cup organizers, participated in the world championships in Hungary in June. “We were very happy with our performance at the world championships,” said LedÃ©e. We knew the level would be very competitive and it gave Vincent and me a chance to increase our racing experience. We finished 12th and 9th on the first two legs, but had to abandon the third race due to a broken boom when we tried to unfurl the spinnaker.”
While competing, LedÃ©e and Jordil took the opportunity to promote the Cata-Cup in Saint Barth, see how world-class events are organized, and sail against the giants in the F18 catamaran class. Now they hope to compete again in the 2012 world championships in California.
For details about the Saint Barth Cata-Cup, visit: www.stbarthcatacup.com