The prize giving and closing ceremony was held in a friendly atmosphere at Beau Vallon’s La plage Restaurant, bringing together all of the participants, organisers and sponsors.
ISPC/Mouton Cadet/Mason’s Travel – a team of mostly Seychellois sailors led by French Skipper, Franck-Yves Escoffier, emerged as the winner of the sailing competition.
The all-female crew 727 Sailbags led by skipper Justine Mettraux was ranked second and C’est La Vie (Eden Island) skippered by Anthony Marchand, came out third.
The winners were presented with a trophy alongside other interesting prizes.
The fourth edition of the Seychelles Regatta, organised by ‘Publie Voile’ – a France-based company, with the support of several partners including the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB), comes after a six-year break from the first three editions in 2009, 2010, and 2011.
The STB’s Chief Executive, Sherin Francis, conveyed her satisfaction of having witnessed what she described as a very successful event.
She extended her congratulations to all the skippers and their team members, the organizers – including the General Manager of ‘Publie Voile’ – the main organizer the event, Regis Elhaouel, other partners – including the chairperson of the Seychelles Yachting Association, Alain Alcindor, as well as the STB staff.
She noted that the event is definitely a way to promote Seychelles as an ideal sailing destination.
“At the heart of the Seychelles Regatta – sailing competition is the aim to offer a balance of a rigorous sailing competition and tourism by encouraging a discovery of the Seychelles islands. The itinerary has been designed to showcase some specificities of the Seychelles, including some of the private islands and I hope that the videographers among you have been able to take great footage to further strengthen the credentials of sailing in the Seychelles archipelago,” said Mrs. Francis.
She also congratulated all the participants and expressed hope that they would be back to take part in future competitions or for a holiday with their families.
The General Manager of ‘Publie Voile’, Regis Elhaouel, expressed his profound gratitude to all the sponsors, partners and his team who contributed towards the event’s success.
He also extended his sincere appreciation towards the STB Chief Executive and her team for their active collaboration in bringing a new momentum to this event.
“I am amazed at the warm welcome we have received everywhere on all the Islands visited, I believe that this edition is a resounding success because of the close collaboration between Publi Voile and the STB,” said Mr Elhaouel.
Eight teams were competing in the 2018 Seychelles Regatta. Julbo was ranked fourth, YEMA came out fifth, Los Angeles Lumiere finished sixth, STB took the seventh position, while Driget was ranked eight. Driget also took home the fair play prize.