ON the heels of the 13th ARC Flotilla this past weekend, the Reduit beach in Rodney Bay will come alive this weekend from 9.00 a.m. with the staging of the 7th annual Mango Bowl Regatta dubbed “Saint Lucia Premiere Sailing Event”.
Before going to press last evening, a total of 19 boats had registered with a combined 150 participants.
Last evening was the Skippers’ briefing at the IGY Rodney Bay Marina and according to Sue Dyson, one of the organizers she expects no more than five late entrants.
For today, in terms of races, the J 24s will compete in 5 events, Surprise – 8, Racing/Cruising – 6.
On Sunday, the showpiece continues in the Caribbean Sea with J24s competiting in 5, Surprise 4, Racing/Cruising 3 races respectively.
Some of the participating boats include – Papagayo (Skipper – Ben Thompson/Saint Lucia) Attitude (Skipper – Fredric Sweeney/ Saint Lucia), Jabal (Skipper – Nic Forsberg / Saint Lucia), Grayling (Skipper – Richard Spalding/ Saint Lucia), Le Sport X Treme (Skipper James Ward/ Saint Lucia), Gaya (Skipper – Adonai Modeste/ Saint Lucia).
A strong French presence will be in the thick of things during the two days of competition – Hawkeye (Skipper -Stephen Bushe/ Martinique), Lady Blue (Skipper – Stephane Caffaro/ Martinique), Valentin Lindor (Skipper – Marc Dubourg/ Martinique), Digilife (Skipper – VianneySaintenoy/ Martinique) Coco Kreyol (Skipper – Mia Techer/Martinique), Helium (Skipper – Nicolas Gillet/ Martinique), Panidat (Skipper – Charlotte Grevaud / Martinique) Panimet (Skipper- Marie Paul Jouandet/ Martinique) and Denebola Didier (Skipper-DeliceNouel/ Martinique).
Also present for the stiff competition will be Leonora (Skipper – David Spieler/Barbados) and Die Hard (Skipper – Robbie Yearwood/Grenada).
SLYC Commodore, Peter Lang, said Saint Lucia Yacht Club is extremely happy to be organizing the 7th Annual Mango Bowl Regatta. As you would appreciate a lot goes into the organization of a sailing event and our small team of Lily Bergasse and Sue Dyson has done a great job in pulling everything together to make 2018 a success.
As customary, a spectator boat will be available to take Regatta fans out to sea to have a firsthand look at the excitement.
The closing ceremony and prize giving will take place from 1.00 p.m. at the Saint Lucia Yacht Club on Sunday 2nd.