In fact, the St. Barth Cata-Cup attracts the best of today’s Formula 18 racers, starting with the tandem Iordanis Paschalidis—Kontantinos Trigonis. Recently crowned as European champions at Sant Pere Pescador in Spain, this Greek duo will once again participate in this regatta, clearly with the ambition of defending their title. But the challengers, many top champions for these small multi-hulls, will be on hand to give them some serious competition. Among others, the top names include Emmanuel Boulogne from France, Argentineans Cruz Gonzales Smith and Mariano Heuser, as well as Belgians Patrick Demesmaeker and Olivier Gagliani, who were all on the podium last year.
“The excellent level of the roster for this race is naturally one of the things that makes the St.Barth Cata-Cup so attractive. As for me, I have a personal agenda with the Greeks, who took the European title away from Gilles Tas and me this year,” jokes Patrick Demesmaeker, who planned to participate in the World Championships for this class in Sarasota, FL, on October 12-19, but finally gave priority to the St. Barth Cata-Cup.
Newcomers On The Starting Line
According to Thierry Berry, the new president of St. Barth Multihulls, the non-profit association that organizes the competition, it is understood that everything will be organized as best as possible to welcome the sailors to Saint Barth, in conjunction with the popular Nikki Beach, but to also create fantastic regattas in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean.
“The format of the regatta is acclaimed by the racers. Many veterans return, and the new ones that come every year, become in turn, the regulars,” explains Thierry Berry, who will welcome quite a few new names for the 11th edition, including Australians Gavin Colby and Jayden Dalton, Italians Giovanni Fanstasia, Davide Recalcati, Annibale Bovenzi, Antonio Delle’Omo Beneduce, and Alessandro Scotto from Greece, who will sail in this event with Marc Pirinoli, who represented Italy in the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992 and in Atlanta in 1996 in the Tornado class.
“The racing promises once again to be very close and provide a great spectacle. After a difficult year post-IRMA, the 2019 season should be one of renewal and we are very happy that the St. Barth Cata-Cup will be the first event, with the St. Barth Gourmet Festival, to open the tourist season,” concludes the President.