The third edition of the Saint Barth Fun Cup took place over the weekend and was graced with consistent winds, good weather and friendly competitors... a lot of them! What an event it has been! After 8 long distance/slalom races in three days, co-event organizer and Saint Barth local Antoine Questel came out on top. Delphine Cousin, who's recently transfered to Starboard, Taty Frans and Björn Dunkerbeck also put on quite a performance, showing they are ready and eager for the 2014 PWA season. Watch the videos, including some great aerial shots and sketchy starts, and read the report below.
A total of three heats were completed on the first day of the 2014 Saint Barth Fun Cup in choppy, difficult waters and gusty winds. After a universal joint issue in the first race won by Pierre Mortefon, Antoine Questel won the second of the day closely followed by Taty Frans who was overpowered on his borrowed gear and Pierre Mortefon behind. In the third, Taty Frans managed to grab a second place behind Alexandre Cousin, with Antoine Questel in fourth and the famous Björn Dunkerbeck finishing in 7th place after a great comeback which saw him overtake about 25 sailors!
In the Women, Delphine Cousin has visibly gotten used to her new Starboard / Loft Sails quiver quite quickly; ranking first in her division and in 14th place overall with great starts, speed and control. Sarah-Quita Offringa, who made a last minute trip to Saint Barth wasn't at ease today, not finishing two of the races.
With the winds shifting to the East and blowing steadily between 14 and 18 knots, the second day of the 2014 Saint Barth Fun Cup was radically different in terms of conditions... but not in terms of rankings!
Antoine Questel didn't leave any chances to his rivals and took the three bullets of the day. Behind him, competition was fierce with Taty Frans claiming second place and Alexandre Cousin in third. The freestyler from Bonaire keeps surprising everyone with his great speed and tactics in slalom. But the come-back of the day definitely belongs to Björn Dunkerbeck who had a difficult start to the competition but fought back with two second place and after two days sits in 5th place in the overall rankings!
In the Women, Delphine Cousin dominated again on Day 2, scoring two bullets and leaving the third to no other than Lady Sarah-Quita Offringa!
Delphine Cousin and Antoine Questel both have a solid lead in their respective divisions but Björn, Taty and the rest will do everything they can to hop on the podium.
After six races in two days, the racers returned to the water for an additional two heats on the last day of the Saint Barth Fun Cup 2014. In the first race of the day, Pierre Mortefon took a solid lead, jibing alone at the first mark but Antoine Questel overtook him shortly after, showing who's the boss in Saint Barth. Björn Dunkerbeck completed the podium for the first race with Taty Frans in fourth and Alexandre Cousin in fifth.
In the last race, Pierre Mortefon's crash on the starting line allowed Antoine Questel to take the lead, followed by Alexandre Cousin and Taty Frans. Thanks to Pierre Mortefon's crash, Alexandre Cousin finishes the event in third place, with the very fast Taty Frans in second and local Antoine Questel claiming the win for this first event of the 2014 season!
In the Women, Delphine Cousin takes first. Edson Genipa wins in the Amateur division, Jean-Marc Peyronet in the Grand Masters and Lucas Dargent takes it in the Youth.