Posts Tagged ‘CataCup’

2018 Transat AG2R transatlantic sailing race

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

The incredible St. Barth La Transat AG2R LA MONDIALE

Life goes on in St. Barth. Some things have not changed and that is the Maritime traditions that continue to take place – Irma or no Irma. We had the CataCup, the St. Barth Bucket Regatta, Les Voiles de St. Barth, the West Indies Regatta, and now the biannual La Transat AG2R LA MONDIALE is on its 17th day of the race.

The Transat AG2R is a transatlantic sailing race that takes place every other year. The departure point is Concarneau Harbor in France, and the finish is Gustavia Harbor in St. Barth, a total of 3890 miles. Each boat has only two crew members and are identically equipped 33’ Figaro Bénéteau II single-hull sailboats. It is amazing that so many sailing buffs scramble to find sponsors, spend three to four weeks in cramped quarters with as few supplies as possible so as not to weigh them down, and risk getting on each other’s nerves big-time. The challenge for the crew is to take advantage of the wind while determining the best route.

For the 2018 Transat AG2R, 19 boats left Concarneau on April 22, 2018, heading off to St. Barth where the islanders intently follow their progress. This year is extra special because our very own St. Barth resident, Miguel Danet (The St. Barth Sailor), is racing on Le Macaron French Pastries sponsored boat with Eric Perron.

The St. Barth tean Miguel Danet (Left) and Eric Perron are very skilled sailors.

As of today, the first boat is very near St. Barth and Le Macaron French Pastries is in 8th place. No matter what time of day or night, many people jump in their own boats and chase out to Colombier to give each finisher a hero’s welcome and a personal escort into port. Each boat is welcomed in the same exuberant fashion, from the first to last. The final true celebration does not take place until the last place boat finishes. And then, what a celebration! Awards, food, drinks, music and dancing, all of which takes place on the Quai Général de Gaulle with everyone kissing one another and congratulating all of the exhausted crew members who successfully completed the race.

Follow the race here: http://player.georacing.com/player_ag2r2018/

Miguel and Eric, skippers on Le Macaron French Pastries race to the AG2r Transat finish in St. Barth

Hurricane Sandy and the St Barts 2012 CataCup

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

To those of you who suffered the wrath of Super-Storm Sandy, I am thinking of all of you and hope that the damage it caused can be repaired and that life will get back to normal in the coming days. We had clients that were scheduled to go to St. Barts this week and had to cancel because their house was flooded and they could not leave the country at this time. Unfortunately they did not take out the optional insurance that we offer. If they had, their trip would have been covered and their expenses would have been reimbursed by the insurance company. However, we at St. Barth Properties went to bat for them to see if the owner of Villa Enfin would agree to allow them to reschedule their stay to another date. He generously agreed. I am sure these clients will look forward to being able to relax in St. Barts once they have recovered from the storm damage. I hope that you will want to do the same when the time comes to start thinking about a vacation.

I am heading to St. Barts on Wednesday to attend meetings, do hotel and villa inspections and to host our annual Beachside Bash November 10 as well as our Beaujolais Nouveau tasting on November 14, 2012. The CataCup race will begin November 14. St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty is again sponsoring a fantastic catamaran that is captained by multi-hull champion, John Casey. Dalton Tebo will once more be his very talented sailing partner.

John has contributed this guest blog:

“The St. Barth CataCup, the most exciting catamaran event of the year, is right around the corner and our St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty Sailing Team has been training all year for this very moment. The container, full of fast, sleek catamarans, left Miami on October 29th and is bound for St. Barth. The sailing race will start at Nikki Beach on November 14th. This event is chock-full of world champions and Olympic athletes ready to make their mark in sailing history. Look for the St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty catamaran on the beach and come say hello.

Our team won two years ago and finished a close second last year. We have a new boat and are excited to come back to the window pane clear water to race, but just as excited to visit with Peg and the whole team!

Of course, we will be at the Beaujolais Nouveau Party on November 14th at 7:01 PM. We hope to see you at this very tasty event!”

Note from Peg: John Casey and Sarah Newberry are going for the Gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Read all about it here http://www.usamultihull2016.com/. Why not support them in their endeavor and donate to the cause?

St. Barts is for Sailors Who Love to Race

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

John Casey, who is the U.S. Multihull Champion, has fallen in love with St. Barts, too! I am pleased to present his first guest blog with hopes of more to come.

John Casey (left) with racing partner Dalton Tebo

John Casey (left) with racing partner Dalton Tebo

With St. Barthélemy’s rich sailing tradition, being discovered by Columbus in 1493 and used by French pirates to stash Spanish galleon spoils, the eight square mile island has remained a number one world sailing destination.

When I first arrived from Florida in 2009 to sail in the prestigious catamaran regatta, the CataCup, I was taken aback by how unique the island actually was compared to other Caribbean destinations. There was not a piece of trash anywhere. There was no McDonald’s or Subway. There were no people milling around with nothing to do. It felt like a productive island. We arrived at an open island villa built on the side of the mountain. It felt as if the structure itself admired the view as much as I did. At that exact time I thought, “This is a place for me!”

The next year, 2010, I came back to race the CataCup and we improved to first place! Then I really thought it was a place for me. During that regatta Peg and I decided to create the St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty sailing team. I thought it was a perfect fit. St. Barth is one of the loveliest sailing locations in the world with its green way of living and rich sailing history. Peg and St. Barth Properties have been winning as many awards as hotel and villa specialists as I have for sailboat racing, so it was easy for us to develop a winning strategy.

Our eye on success was unwavering and last year the St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty sailing team earned a second place in the CataCup against world champion and Olympic competition.

This year we are back stronger than ever! We have a new boat, new sails and a continued great relationship.

A big thanks to Peg and the St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty team for helping us live our dream!

John Casey
St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty Sailing Team
U.S. Multihull Champion

What’s happening in St Barts? November 2011 events

Friday, October 21st, 2011

If you have not booked your villa or hotel yet, November is fast approaching. Don’t miss out on all of the fun events that are taking place next month!

St. Barts awakens and prepares for the season

November 10, 2011 – 7:00 pm: Let’s begin with our annual St. Barth Properties Beachside Bash. Join us at Dõ Brazil on Shell Beach for drinks, dinner and music. All of our confirmed hotel and villa guests are invited.

Do-Brazil

Dõ Brazil


November 11, 2011 – 7:00 pm: Rhum anyone? Join us for a Rhum Tasting of top quality rhum Agricole at R St Barth, the new rhum shop in Gustavia. This is a much smaller venue so RSVP to this one quickly before it fills up. (We may add a 2nd tasting November 12 if November 11 sells out).

Entrance-to-R-St.-Barth

Entrance to R St. Barth

If you have not booked your accommodation yet, please email reservations@stbarth.com. If you are already booked, please contact Julia Hurd at concierge@stbarth.com to RSVP.

November 11-14, 2011: Pitea Day – Various events take place commemorating St. Barth’s Swedish heritage. The celebration of the twin cities (St. Barth and Pitea in Sweden) includes a visit by the mayor of Pitea and his delegation.

Hurry! Are you looking for a place to stay between Nov 01 and Nov 12? I have the perfect one bedroom romantic retreat that boasts a private swimming pool and an extraordinary panoramic view. Villa Diaco is available during that period. If you book it for at least seven nights and mention Peg’s Blog to one of our St Barth Specialists, we can offer a “tax free” stay plus a 10% reduction on the published price. That is a 15% savings in all! Call 1-800-421-3396 or email reservations@stbarth.com.

November 13, 2011: Gustavialoppet (which means “Race of Gustavia” in Swedish) – This annual event is known as the Swedish marathon and includes a 3km health walk and a 13km race for local and visiting runners. It first took place in 1991 and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. SBP’s very own St. Barth Specialist Anne-Cécile Bedford will be running in it. Let’s all cheer her on!

November 16, 2011: 7:01 pm. Join me as well as some of our US and St. Barth staff at Le Cellier du Gouverneur in Gustavia. Be one of the first to taste the 2011 Beaujolais Nouveau and let us know if you like it. We are only allowed to do this tasting at precisely one minute after 7:00 pm because St. Barts’ time zone is 5 hours earlier than 1 minute after midnight on the third Thursday of November (the 17th in France) which is the official time that the first bottle can be opened. Please RSVP to: concierge@stbarth.com or call our St. Barth office when you are on the island.

Outside-view-Beaujolais-Nouveau-2010

Le Cellier du Gouverneur outside view - Beaujolais Nouveau 2010

November 16-20, 2011: St. Barth CataCup is a sailing race for F18 class catamarans. St. Barth Properties is proud to be the sponsor of last year’s CataCup winners, the US team of John Casey and his one man crew, Dalton Tebo, a 22-year-old sailing instructor who raced with John last year; they look forward to the competition this year.

John told me that, “The CataCup is a four-day beach catamaran championship that attracts the best sailors in the world. Competitors in the event are champions in everything from around the world racing to the Olympics and world championships. However, the competition is open to beginners also, so there is a great mix of sailors taking advantage of the many pleasures of St. Barthélemy. It creates the distinct atmosphere of competition and a holiday wrapped in one amazing event. The racing isn’t typical either. Each race is different where we need to find rocks to go around, such as le Boeuf and Pain du Sucre. It makes it almost like a nautical treasure hunt”.

CataCup Imagine that!

CataCup Imagine that!

Don’t miss out! If you prefer to be in St. Barth for the Beaujolais Nouveau and the CataCup, you can stay in the beautiful 4 bedroom 4 bathroom Villa Kermao, a wonderful villa that can accommodate from two to eight guests. We can offer you our Drive, Dine and Relax Package that includes a car rental and an evening at home where a private chef will prepare and serve a set menu dinner which you can enjoy on the veranda that overlooks the pool and the starlit view beyond. How romantic! If you mention Peg’s blog, we can make this a tax free booking (-5%) as well. This offer is valid for any 7 night booking from October 20 to November 21, 2011.

See you in St. Barts!