If you crave competition and fine French cuisine, then set sail in the Triskell Cup November 8-10 out of the 1,000-slip Marina Bas du Fort. Located just outside Guadeloupe’s capitol city of Pointe-à-Pitre, this fun regatta features round-the-buoy races by day in the windy waters off Gosier, with parties each night ashore. You needn’t own a race boat, as there are classes for liveaboard monohulls and multihulls as well as the faster, sportier makes like the Melges 24s, Beneteau Figaro 2s, and the 25-foot local French-designed ‘Surprise’ class. No boat at all? No worries! Miramar Sailing based in Jolly Harbour, Antigua, will deliver its Serendipity 43 Red Baron and Volvo Ocean 60 Cuba Libre for race charters.
As the Triskell Cup wraps up, the first finishers from the Route du Rhum will make landfall in Marina Bas du Fort. The Route du Rhum⎯first sailed in 1978⎯is one of the biggest ocean races in the world and sees some of the sport’s top skippers single-hand sleek yachts across the Atlantic from Saint Malo, France, to Guadeloupe. Once they arrive, parades and street parties go on in Pointe-à-Pitre for several days. Sailors and spectators alike can make the most of this celebration by sampling Guadeloupe’s French Creole cuisine sold by street vendors and in local restaurants. Specialties to try include Goat Colombo (curried goat), Boudin Creole (spicy blood sausage), and La Creole (a fish stew akin to classic French bouillabaisse). triskellcup.com; routedurhum.com; myguadeloupeislands.com
St. Kitts soon open for superyachts
A shovel stroke in June broke ground for the Leeward Island of St. Kitts’ newest and most luxurious megayacht marina. The Marina at Christophe Harbour—located within a 2,500-acre private island community on southeast St. Kitts and less than 3 miles north of Nevis by sea—will open its first 24 berths with slips available for yachts up to 215-feet LOA in early 2015. Plans eventually call for a 300-slip complex capable of docking yachts up to 300-feet LOA. “For people wishing to explore the Caribbean by yacht, the Marina at Christophe Harbour is designed to act as an easy entry or point of departure,” says Aeneas Hollins, marina business development manager. “An FBO airport has opened just 15 minutes from the marina, and we have expedited customs clearance on site to ensure guests start enjoying their time here as soon as possible. The marina sits within what was once a salt pond and which now forms a hurricane bolthole, with little-to-no storm surge. It’s uncrowded and unspoiled, allowing guests the space to appreciate the setting, yet sits in the heart of the eastern Caribbean cruising grounds.” The Christophe Harbor complex will also host a 5-star Park Hyatt Resort opening in 2015, private beach club, restaurants, residential real estate, and a future 18-hole golf course. christopheharbour.com
By Carol Bareuther, Southern Boating November 2014