Digicel Mango Bowl Regatta a fantastic success
St Lucian sailors gave a good account of themselves at the 2016 Digicel Mango Bowl Regatta, which took place around Rodney Bay under sunny skies and great racing conditions. St Lucian entries placed first in three of the five classes.
The Mango Bowl Regatta hosted by the St Lucia Yacht Club and main sponsors, Digicel, Dive Saint Lucia, IGY Rodney Bay Marina, and Body Holiday Sailing Club (Le Sport), brought over 150 sailors to St Lucia.
There were five classes of racing: Cruising One and Two, Racing, J24 and Surprise had a total entry of 24 boats, 15 coming from Grenada, Trinidad, Barbados and Martinique, to join our local sailors making this a Sport Tourism event like no other in St Lucia.
After five long exciting races, on what competitors agree to be the best course in the region which takes boats out around Pigeon Island to Le Sport; St Lucia’s “Jaystar” came round to the finish line first in the Cruising One Class followed by Bajan boats, “Ten Seven” and “Leonora”.
The Cruising Two Class saw St Lucia’s “Papagayo” finish in first place, followed by Bajan “Mandy”.
The Racing, J24, Surprise classes enjoyed 10 races over the weekend with the following results. Racing Class: Martinique’s “Perseverare Diabolicum” and “Mat’” in first and second respectively, followed by XTreme “Gaya” in third place.
The Surprise Class with all entries from Martinique: First place, “La Morrigane”; Second, “Digilife”; Second, “Socoveam” (ADSL).
J24 class: First, St Lucia’s “Jabal” skippered by Nick Forsberg, also the overall winner of the combined J24/ Surprise classes; Second, Martinique’s “GFA Caraibes”; Third, Grenada’s “Die Hard.”
All winners received the traditional Mango Bowl trophy and St Lucia Distillers, Johnson Marine Hardware, SOL EC Ltd and restaurants, Café Ole, Rituals, The Bread Basket, Elena’s and Zaika, kindly sponsored other prizes.
Sailors enjoyed a relaxed but competitive weekend on the water and on shore at the St Lucia Yacht Club and, as well, on Saturday night at Rodney Bay Marina with a fantastic performance by “Skip Monday” hosted by Café Ole: The Boardwalk and sponsored by Heineken. Thanks to Cariquisine and Blue Waters for their sponsorship of food and refreshment for sailors over the weekend and to JE Bergasse & Company for assistance with PR leading up to the regatta.
St Lucia’s Mango Bowl Regatta, an anticipated regatta each year for the past five years, referred to by sailors as “magnificent, best in the region, with best race course of any regatta and very well organized.”
Digicel is committed to the Digicel Mango Bowl Regatta for the next three years and will continue to bring in many sailors from the region, boosting the Sport Tourism industry and making a mark for St Lucia on the Caribbean Yachting and sailing calendars.
Regatta Director, Lily Bergasse, thanked her team of volunteers and staff, friends and family at the St Lucia Yacht Club who worked through the weekend. Special thanks also to IGY staff, Customs and Immigration office and SLASPA for their assistance in welcoming and facilitating yachts’ and sailors’ stay in St Lucia for the weekend event.
And now onto the 2016 ARC! The St. Lucia Yacht Club welcomes all ARC sailors and members of the public to the Club on Reduit Beach beside The Ramp over the Christmas holidays for sailing, drinks, food, great atmosphere and beautiful view of ARC Rodney Bay.
Jabal made a hit last week when she placed first in the J24 Class.