Jan 29, 2017

Martinique Cata Raid 2017, F18: Manu & Jean Boulogne Champs

All Images Pierrick Contin / Martinique Cata Raid. Click images for slideshow, full gallery at martiniquecataraid.com/fr/Mediatheque-2017/ - This year Martinique saw 28 F18s and the addition of the Flying Phantom Class, which continues to offer the only circuit for production foilers. In the F18 Manu & Jean Boulogne (Cirrus R /  Hyde Sails) won the Raid after six stages timing 16hs:18:53. Northrop & Farren (Infusion / Hyde) had one dnf and couldn´t compensate with their posterior great performance in the rest of the stages.

Nice win for Manu sailing with his son Jean, great feeling for him without a doubt, always winning along family as the F18 World title he grabbed with his borther in 2004 with their original Cirrus.

In the FP Class  Gurvan Bontemps & Benjamin Amiot won over Sébastien Rogues &  Jean-Baptiste Gellee, while also grabbing the intercourse with a corrected time of 16hs18min22sec , just 30 secs ahead of the Boulognes.
Real time for the FP crew was 14:30:48.
In the F16 Class went for Isabelle  Joschke & Stephane Berranger

Stay tuned for more info on Manu Boulogne launching the Cirrus R2, it will bring much attention to the F18. We've seen some details and it will be a success for sure.

Check full results at martiniquecataraid.com/fr/La_course-Classements
Also review the usual great shots by Pierrick Contin who is making another Island event to get the deserved awareness: 2017 Edition portfolio at http://martiniquecataraid.com/fr/Mediatheque-2017/

Below comments from Simon Northtrop:
"We crashed into a rock at 15 knots on Day 1 whilst leading and smashed the daggerboard through the case and limped to the nearest beach before we sunk - we received a 30% penalty added to the last boats time of the day which effectively gave us a 3 hour penalty and no way back from that !

My crew is a composite expert and fixed the boat overnight (luckily we landed at a kitesurfing venue and locals supplied resin/mat and tools etc ) the locals towed us to the next checkpoint overland so we could start Leg 2 !

William got a dsq on Leg 4 and also a 30% penalty but this was a much shorter Leg hence the difference. The regatta was excellent and the organizers and volunteers were so helpful and we will definitely return as we feel we have unfinished business!!