Dig­i­cel Mango Bowl Regatta a fan­tas­tic suc­cess

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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.

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