Saint Lucia was vibrant with sails of all colours, last weekend (November 25 to 27) at Rodney Bay, as yachters raced away in the 2022 Mango Bowl Regatta hosted by the St. Lucia Yacht Club (SLYC).
According to the organisers, last Saturday’s perfect sailing weather brought the regatta racing to a start with the J24 and Surprise classes finishing six races for the day while the Racing class finished three longer races. Three additional races on Sunday completed the series with overall excellent racing conditions, stiff competition and great camaraderie on and off the water.
The Mango Bowl Regatta is Saint Lucia’s premiere sailing regatta and has brought sailors “to our island and our waters for the three day event at the end of November for the past 10 years,” explained Regatta Director, Lily Bergasse.
In support of the Regatta’s 10th anniversary celebratory event, participating sailors came from Trinidad, Grenada, Barbados, Martinique and Saint Lucia. The sailors competed over two days racing for the coveted Mango Bowl and rum prizes.
This year 17 boats entered to race in the J24 class – 8, French Surprise class – 6, Racing class – 3. Sailors were especially excited to be racing again in Saint Lucia after a few dry years due to the global pandemic. Sponsor of the regatta and director of Dive Saint Lucia, Nick Mobley, said “(it was) …the best Mango Bowl yet!”
Gold sponsor, IGY Rodney Bay Marina’s manager, Sean Devaux, congratulated the sailors and organizers for a superb regatta, and one that IGY is committed to supporting for the next 10 years.
Overall Results were as follows:
J24 Class – 1- Attitude, Saint Lucia, skippered by Frederic Sweeney ; 2- Die Hard, Grenada, skippered by Robbie Yearwood; and 3- Bunga Bunga , Barbados skippered by Charlie Gloumeau.
Surprise Class – 1- ADSL, Martinique, skippered by Francois Chave; 2- GFA Caraibes-La Morigane, Martinique, skippered by Tristan Marmousez; and 3- Aquanet Piscine, Martinique, skippered by Stanley Dormoy.
Racing Class – 1- Sang Neuf, Martinique, skippered by Jean Francois Terrien; 2- Perseverare Diabolicum, Martinique, skippered by Jean Michel Figueres; and 3- Objectif de Developpement Durable, Martinique, skippered by Denis Etienne.
Combined J24/Surprise Class – 1- ADSL, Martinique, Francois Chave; 2- Bunga Bunga, Barbados, skippered by Charlie Gloumeau; and 3- Attitude, Saint Lucia, skippered by Frederic Sweeney.
The St. Lucia Yacht Club, regatta organizers and sailors of the 2022 Mango Bowl Regatta acknowledges the support from sponsors for the 2022 Mango Bowl Regatta:
IGY Rodney Bay Marina, Dive Saint Lucia, Forest Springs Ltd, Tropical Shipping Ltd., Heineken Saint Lucia, Saint Lucia Distillers, Cariquisine, Sea Spray Cruises, Johnsons Hardware, Café Ole, Scribble Design, Caribcation, Island Water World, Bay Gardens Beach Resort.