Kevin Pritchard reports from Saint Barth Fun Cup

Kevin concludes and packs things up

"Well, if all the PWA races were like the race here in Saint Barth’s, I would probably still be on the tour! What a great event, although it wasn’t super fun to be in 6th position nearly all the races, it still was an awesome experience. From the racing, to the organization, to meeting new friends, I really hope to come back to this magical island in the Caribbean. I have to say I was very spoiled by the organizers, who gave everyone a first class event. Thanks to everyone who has supported this event and made for a great time."

Taty showing his back to almost the entire field of racers

Day 2:
"We had a great day of wind down here. Man this place is awesome for slalom sailing, and I am pretty sure the wife would like it here too. Sun, Fun, and such a charming little isle. I can see why some of the richest people in the world come down here. Today I probably walked by a billionaire.. ha ha.. wouldn’t know it the sand, the sea, is just priceless.

Racing again on a trusted iSonic

"As for the racing we did 2 15k races, and you could believe that I was pretty tired at the end. In the first one, I conserved my energy, but on the second one, my harness line broke right at the beginning.. I was lucky cause I could just hold on cause it was the buckle that broke and not the entire rope, but it was not easy nor that much fun to sail with about a 40″ harness line. I didn’t win the race, but I sure had a lot of fun, out in the water, ripping around with some friends.. In the first race I was first in the non-touring professional division, but in the second one, I finished second. There actually isn’t a non touring pro division, I just pick my guys that I am racing with and try and beat them. Sad to say that the 2 cam freeride sail isn’t going to take down the World Champ. It is fast and beat a lot of full on race sails, but to battle with the worlds best, we are going to have to step it up a bit. But I also think that I won on having the most fun!

The wind down here is pretty nice, the water is so beautiful, I just cant stop taking photos of it"

Day 1:
"Man, it really doesn’t get any better than this for slalom sailing. Imagine being on one of the most beautiful islands I have ever seen, staying in probably the nicest hotel I have ever stayed at, The Villa Lodge, and being surrounded by some very nice people. What a visit. It is always a gamble going somewhere you have never been. It is either going to be fun and nice, or can sometimes be a waist of time. Lets just say I am pretty happy I took this job!

Tomorrow we are doing a 15km race. Actually they are saying that it is going to be two 15k races. I haven’t sailed on a slalom board for a long time, I can remember doing a run or two in Hood River, being the last time I was on a full on race board. I can tell you that I am going to be very sore. I only brought my 9.5 and 8.5 Lion, and we will have to wait and see how the two cam Lion stacks up against the Antoine Albeau on his new RRD’s and his racing sail. I had a hard time keeping up with him on my race sails, so will be interesting to see how the freeride sails go against the former champ. Plus long distance races are not really my forte. I am out of breath after about 2 minutes. It should be fun. I will try and get some fun footage playing around with the boys!"

St. Barth is gorgeous

Final results all groups after two races:
1) Antoine Albeau
2) Taty Frans
3) Julien Quentel
4) Pierre Mortefon
5) Antoine Questel
6) Kevin Pritchard
7) Alexandre Cousin
8) Edson Genipa
9) Jean-Marc Peyronnet
10) Vincent Beauvarlet

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