Proteus lucky in Les Voiles St Barth.
All in all it was a difficult Les Voiles St Barth on the water this year as the usual tradewinds took a break causing racing to be cancelled on the third race day and conditions that you normally would not start a race in on the final day of the event.
Momo and Proteus went into the final race tied on points for the overall. Momo sailed a solid race from the start and established a good lead by sticking close to the shoreline on the way to the first mark at Roches Roubes. From there Momo comfortably led all the way around the island only to find the finish in a windhole. Adding to the frustration Proteus, overseeing the situation from behind, was able to sail around Momo and put 20 boat lengths on them at the finish.
“It’s a cliché, but it’s never over until it’s over“ said Stu Bannatyne, Proteus crew. “We got caught in traffic in the first beat and then snagged a lobster pot at the top of island, so we lost a lot of time there. But we never gave up. Near the end of the race the wind went very light and shifty and it was 200-300 meters from the finish line where the wind shut down.“
At the prize giving George Sakellaris, owner of Proteus, was presented a Richard Mille 60-01 Regatta Voiles de Saint Barth watch. “This is a great win for us,” said Sakellaris. “We wish we had stronger winds but at the end of the day it worked out okay and we are delighted.”