The third Fountaine Pajot Owners Rendezvous was staged in the beautiful Caribbean islands from 20-24 November 2013. A total of 18 catamarans and more than 150 participants joined in the fun cruising the sparkling waterways on their boats, which represented almost the full collection of the shipyard’s past and present range; the very latest models including the Mahé 36 Evolution, Lipari 41, Hélia 44, Sanya 57 and the magnificent Victoria 67 were joined by other earlier models such as Athena 38, Venezia 42, Belize 43, Casamance 44, Orana 44 and Salina 48. Entrants came from all over the world to experience this special event, including the United States, France, Caribbean, England, Canada, and Russia.
Read the programm of the event wich took place from 20 to 24 november 2013, clic on the link below.
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The Rendezvous’ first regatta comprised two legs: from Grand Case to Sandy Island, then onto Anse Marcel. A divine dinner was held at the Radisson Blu in Anse Marcel with the Budget Marine team officiating the prize giving ceremony.
TINTAMARRE – PINEL ISLAND
This special eco-cruising day saw the fleet enjoy idyllic cruising before mooring in Tintamarre. The participants were welcome by Nicolas Maslach who delivered an informative session about St. Martin Nature Reserve, a 30 square kilometre Marine Protected Area located northeast of St. Martin island. This remarkable association protects the island’s five main eco-systems (coral reefs, mangroves, phanerogam seagrass beds, and coastal lakes and dry forests), while also managing the 14 lakes of the Coastal Protection Agency and their 11 kilometres of natural shorelines. Fountaine Pajot’s Eco-Cruising concept was highlighted at the session, and the group then embarked on an enlightening exploration of the surrounding environment.
Nicolas Maslach presented the actions and goals of the St. Martin Nature Reserve and this was an opportunity to raise a greater awareness of the marine environment among the crews, as well as to discuss the “Eco cruising”, a concept developed by the boatyard, which was recompensed by the Tradewinds award.
The St. Martin Nature Reserve is a 30 km2 (10 sq. miles) Marine Protected Area located northeast of the Island of St. Martin.
Created in 1998, this space protects the island’s five main ecosystems: coral reefs, mangroves, phanerogam seagrass beds, and coastal lakes and dry forests. The Reserve also manages the 14 lakes of the Conservatoire du littoral (Coastal Protection Agency) and their 11 km (7 miles) of natural shorelines.
The Cruising World Cup was a major highlight of the event. The regatta sailed from Pinel Island to the Anse de Colmbier in St. Barth, and took part on a fabulous water polo match organised by our valued partners, Luc Poupon and François Tolède (Voiles de St-Barth). The fleet was given a warm welcome at the Gustavia Quay of Honour by Mr Bruno Magras, President of the Overseas Territory of St. Barthélemy, Mr. Michel Magras, Senator of St. Barthélemy, and Mr Nils Dufau, Vice-President of the Overseas Territory of St. Barthélemy and President of the Territorial Tourist Board of St. Barth.
The sumptuous dinner was held at the Do Brazil, with prizes awarded by Cruising World editor Mark Pillsbury.
Read more about the hugely successful event in the Cruising World article :