For their third day of competition this Saturday, the 60 teams involved in the 12th edition of the St.Barth Cata Cup had an appointment for a first race off the coast of the bay of Saint-Jean, and then a tour of the island with a coefficient of 2, so that could change the hierarchy at the end of the first three innings.
And this is what happened. The big losers of this day are the Argentines Cruz Gonzalez Smith and Mariano Heuser (Architectonik) ; came in sixth in that race, the duo is giving its place of leader on the general classification, Jean-Christophe Mourniac and Antoine Rucard (Eden Rock Villa Rental).
Worse, they recede to the third place in the standings, behind Gurvan Bontemps and Benjamin Amiot (Eden Rock) that perform, for their part, a leap of 7th the 2th place overall after a remarkable double victory. A perfect itinerary which allowed them to win the prize ” St Barth Insurance – Allianz “.
With two races held on Saturday, including the famous tower of the island of Saint-Barth, double counting and non-withdrawable of the classification, this day promised to be especially interesting and even change the gives to all floors of the ranking, including the front. It has kept all its promises, making the happiness of some and the misfortune of others.
Those who have succeeded best this Saturday, are without a doubt Gurvan Bontemps and Benjamin Amiot. Winners of two races of the day, the two britons will relocate and ideally in the match for the final podium :” Yesterday, we were not pleased with us. We received a round of 11e and the sensations on board were not good at all. Therefore, it was well tinkered with the return of the sea on the boat to try to improve things, and today, it is that we would like planes “comments Benjamin. If their speed was certainly an asset today, the two skippers ofEden Rock have also managed to avoid the pitfalls of the course and made strong starts.
” In the two races, we went on the end of the line on port tack, which has allowed us to make the first buoy to release almost at the edge, and we set up office in the front positions. Then, of course, it all became more simple because it was free to do what you wanted “he said Malouin, who led the first regatta of end-to-end, but that was more of a struggle in the second, especially with the tandem Jean-Christophe Mourniac and Antoine Rucard.
” On the side of the Governor, we started to catch up and a good battle of gybes started. He was playing really well the differences of pressure and to this little game, we had a little more success than them. In addition to that, often, it was less of a path, which was paid on arrival. This is cool. We are super happy “says Benjamin. He and his sidekick win and the Prize of ” St Barth Insurance – Allianz “, and moved to second place in the provisional general classification, with a lead of two small points before the Argentine Cruz Gonzalez Smith and Mariano Heuser.
” Frankly, it was a very beautiful day, with great conditions, but sportingly speaking, one is bound to be a little disappointed. It worked well in the first round (2e), but a little less in the second. We took a bad start and we had to do two tacks to find of the fresh wind. We had to pass the buoy of clearance by 15 or 20e position, and then, they only fight to try to return to the score and limit the breakage. We managed to finish 6e. This is not a bad performance per se, but it is not terrible for our regatta. We loose a lot of points on this round double counting, and it pays badly in the standings “comments Cruz Gonzalez Smith, who was hoping to consolidate its position as leader today, but finally loses two places and even sees the duo Orion, and Antoine Martin (Mext Cardio) the hook badly (one point difference).
” The final fight will be fearsome “says the bronze medalist at the last world-class Formula 18. ” Things are going to play tomorrow “confirms Antoine Rucard, the new leader, which, despite its attractive bonus of six points on his closest competitor, will not have the right to be wrong Sunday, if he wants to register his name in the history of the St.Barth Cata Cup 2019.