Sunday’s fourth and final day of the St Barth Cata-Cup, was “peppered” with comebacks as the race committee decided to “spice up the course a little” by launching a tour of the island, a race that was the equivalent of two and could not be removed from the overall ratings.
“In this context, it was win all or lose all,” Franck Cammas had stated before setting out on the waves Sunday morning.
At one point it seemed as if Cammas and Matthieu Vandame (ODP 1), the leaders of the general classification on the morning of the last two races, were going to claim victory. Yet in missing a race marker a little before Pain de Sucre, in the last third of the race, the duo made way for Iordanis Paschalidis and Konstantinos Trigkonis (Relwen) to claim the Cata Cup title.
The jury had discussed and decided on disqualification, for Cammas as well as two other boats also concerned.
“It’s the luck of the regatta and the rules are the rules,” commented Iordanis Paschalidis
“Of course, that it was an unusual end to the race, but it worked out for us. Franck and Matthieu, had, I think, sailed better generally speaking than we did this week, as we made a fair amount of errors that stupidly cost us points, and that we could have avoided.”
The Greeks had been consistently at the front of the pack and turned in a remarkably steady performance in spite of highly variable wind conditions.
At the end of the day, they finished with a healthy lead, ahead of, in order, Argentineans Cruz Gonzales Smith-Mariano Heuser (Eden Rock Villa Rental) and Belgians Patrick Demesmaek-Olivier Gagliani (Les Perles de Saint-Barth).
Find all rankings on the St Barth Cata Cup website.