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The 2013 St. Barth CataCup Guest Blog by 2016 Olympics Contender John Casey

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Bonjour Everyone,

As you prepare for Turkey Day, I thought you would enjoy today’s Guest Blog written by 2016 Olympics contender John Casey. St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to be a sponsor of his catamaran. Thank you John!

As I enjoy the back porch view from Villa Les Mouettes, I now have time to casually reflect on this year’s edition of the St. Barth CataCup. The current version of the CataCup, which has become one of the premier regattas of the world, is sailed on 18 foot beach catamarans. Our St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty Sailing Team started three years ago, and we’ve watched this event grow from 35 entries to the maximum allowable 57 entries. This year the entry list was overfilled in just eight minutes after online entries were open! This is partially due to the quality of competition, but is undoubtedly due to the quality of St. Barth on and off the water. Some of my U.S. friends are, let me say, a little too spoiled by this regatta; it’s the only regatta they do every year! They just simply don’t feel the desire to sail anywhere else. I love sailing a bit more than that, but I see where they are coming from.

View from Villa Les Mouettes

View from Villa Les Mouettes

This year our Team was joined by more of the sport’s heavy hitters. There were multiple world champions, Olympic medalists and future Olympic hopefuls. I have many championships under my belt, but I’m also currently in the deep heat of an Olympic Campaign myself, so this year I teamed with our Canadian training Partner, Luke Ramsay, who actually went to The Games in 2012. As it turns out, our finish of 5th place of 57 wasn’t what we hoped for, but since we are a new team, we were happy with our competitiveness against the high level of competition. We had some podium finishes along the way, but also some setbacks that saw us held up in the pack.

John Casey giving an interview during the St. Barth CataCup 2013

John Casey giving an interview during the St. Barth CataCup 2013

Unlike any event I’ve been to around the world, I’ve been drawn to this island. What is it about this place? Is it how everything is impeccably clean? Is it the perfect sailing conditions around stunning rock faces and picturesque beaches? Is it the wonderful view from almost anywhere on this mountainous island? Or is it the easy feeling I get from the locals who have now become some of my best friends? YES, it is all of it…the perfect combination to keep me yearning for my return every year.

Photo Credit Pierrick Contin

John Casey and Luke Ramsay sailing behind the rocks of St. Barth- Photo Credit Pierrick Contin

We were also lucky enough to enjoy the 25-year anniversary party this month where I saw how far St. Barth Properties has come. We really enjoyed their Beaujolais Nouveau party too. I’m so proud to be part of the Team!

-John Casey-

Peg with Luke Ramsay (L) and John Casey (R) at our St. Barth Properties Beaujolais Nouveau party November 20, 2013

Peg with Luke Ramsay (L) and John Casey (R) at our St. Barth Properties Beaujolais Nouveau party November 20, 2013

Guest Blog: Our Wonderful Stay at Les Mouettes December 20-27, 2012

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

I am sharing the below guest blog which was written by my son Mark Smyth (the dentist – not Tom, SBP’s VP). He and his family stayed at Villa Les Mouettes. The villa did not have a guest book in which guests normally write about their stay and their vacation experience on St. Barth. Mark did want to let the owners know how much they loved the villa. By the way, please do write in your villa’s Guest Book. Future guests love to read about what you did (where you dined, your favorite beaches etc.) during your vacation in St. Barth.

Dear Mom,

It had been over thirteen years since we’ve celebrated Christmas on St. Barth. Spending a week at Villa Les Mouettes with our three children Reegan, Lilia and Nate was amazing. We all enjoyed the beautiful beaches, magnificent vistas, and fabulous food. Villa Les Mouettes offered us an ideal base for our relaxing week as it is very private and quiet. The three comfortable bedrooms worked well with our family (three teenagers). The fully equipped kitchen with indoor/outdoor dining options was perfect for the times when we weren’t out experiencing the gastronomic bonanza that is St. Barth. We invited Doc and you over for dinner one night and we all loved dining on the covered open-air veranda. Spending Christmas morning opening presents with you in our matching PJ’s for the first time in years was a highlight of our week and one that we will always remember.

Christmas morning Nate, GrandDoc, Lily, Reegan and Mimi at Villa Les Mouettes

Christmas morning Nate, GrandDoc, Lily, Reegan and Mimi at Villa Les Mouettes

Christmas Night 2012 at the Santa Fe Restaurant

Christmas Night 2012 at the Santa Fe Restaurant

When not relaxing on one of the island’s beautiful beaches like St. Jean or Gouverneur, we were able to relax on the terrace by Les Mouettes’ nice oval pool (and the water was warm, too!).

Villa Les Mouettes

Villa Les Mouettes

We hope to renew our tradition of “Christmas in St. Barth” and enjoy all that the island and Villa Les Mouettes have to offer.

Everyone rushes to see Santa and his helpers arrive on St. Jean Beach on Christmas Day

Everyone rushes to see Santa and his helpers arrive on St. Jean Beach on Christmas Day

A big Thank You to the villa manager Julien and his wife/housekeeper, Cynthia. Kudos to you and to SBP for making it possible for us to have such a wonderful holiday vacation.

Love,
Mark and Cynthia

If you would like to enjoy a stay at Villa Les Mouettes please contact reservations@stbarth.com or call + 1-508-527-7727 or 1-800-421-3396