Mauritius Regatta - Fierce battle in the Northern Islands
by Coralie Rassinoux on 22 May 2013
On day three of the Mauritius Regatta, the Northern Islands of Mauritius were the background to a fierce battle!
2013 Mauritius Regatta Coralie Rassinoux
Michel Desjoyeaux onboard Champagnes Nicolas Feuillatte crossed the start line moored in front of Hotel 20° Sud first. He proved once again his great racing experience by leading at the first mark in Grand Baie. The catamarans battled on under spinnaker colouring the magnificent backdrop of Mauritius.
The second mark moored by the Grand Baie Yacht Club was the start of a long tack offshore to round Île Plate and Coin de Mire. The skippers were able to tackle the waves of the Indian Ocean. On the way back, the deed seemed done but once again, Vendée Globe double-winner, Michel Desjoyeaux, then in second place crossed the coral reef by using a tricky channel. His brilliant manoeuvre allowed him to steal first place from François Gabart followed by the rest of the fleet.
The girls’ team showed great energy today and tenacity as they encountered a few technical problems. Their local crew had to climb the mast to fix the mainsail hook. But high spirits remain good Mauritius Regatta website