Saint-Barth Cata Cup from November 18th thru 26th, 2013

Where is “The Place To Be” on November 18-26, 2013?
Saint Barthélemy, of course, as that is when more than 60 Formula 18 catamaran racers from around the world will take part in the Saint Barth Cata Cup, a regatta that features both the conviviality of the island’s residents and high-level nautical competition in a natural setting that can’t be beat.

For those who love to compete in the Formula 18 class, there is no better place to do so. Jacopo Bracco, an Italian businessman who lives in the United States, comes back every year with great anticipation: "This regatta has become the primary event of my sports season. I discovered it thanks to my friends who told me it was a true paradise, and that is the case! What I liked from the beginning is the high level of the competitors, the international nature of the racing roster, and the exceptional location for the regatta. The waters are warm, and the weather conditions are ideal..."

Another asset that adds to the charm of the island, and makes people want to return year after year, is the warm welcome of the island's inhabitants. Jeff Lédée, a Saint Barth native, founder of the event and a Formula 18 racer, notes: "Every time there is a race here, you can sense the strength of the island. Above and beyond its beauty, there is the quality of the welcome: businesses, restaurants, and in general the entire population supports the event, with a crowd at the end of each race." The island offer support to the Saint Barth Cata Cup with no less than 84 local sponsors that have come on board over the years to help guarantee the longevity of the event.

For the past six years, saliors from around the world have taken part in this regatta: Americans, Australians, Canadians, Italians, Swiss, French, Greek, Dutch, Belgians, Austrians, English, Spaniards, Swedes, and Puerto Ricans, among others, are on the list for this year, which is already 'sold-out," in order to ensure the quality of the race and the "bonds of friendship between the racers and the organizers," insisits Hélène Guilbaud, one of the event organizers since its first year.

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