French Canadian Team Took the Spoils in Back To Basics Kraken Cup
New Year’s Day in Zanzibar saw an international field of 22 teams (made up of 66 sailors), set sail in the Kraken Cup, which, in the modern age of fibreglass hulls and carbon fibre sails, strips things back to basics.
Old School Ocean Adventure
Modern yachts with all their fancy technology leave little room for the unknown. For a proper ocean vessel, you need to go back a few centuries.
Dig a hull from a mango tree, strap on a bamboo yard, a sail and a couple of outriggers and you have an Ngalawa – the ultimate sailing machine.
Sail one in a fleet of like-minded souls through a racecourse of spice islands and deserted beaches in the Indian Ocean and you’ve got yourself one epic adventure. All it needs now is a name.
The Kraken Cup
The Cup tests the seamanship of sailors to the max as it races in Ngalawas, traditional African fishing boats whose hulls are carved by hand from mango trees and outriggers lashed on. To add to the adventurous spirit of the race, the course, which is made up of a series of compulsory checkpoints, includes a of couple ‘free-sailing’ sections.
The sixth edition of the Cup wound its way 500km around the coast of Tanzania, between the Zanzibar Archipelago and the stunning Lindi region, takeing in some of best sailing in the Indian Ocean.
It was Team Village Monde, made up of Canadians Charles and Bastien Mony, a father and son pairing from Quebec, and Gilles Lamire from Brittany in France, who crossed the finish line first, ahead of Team Southern Exposure from the USA in 2nd and British team Krakin’ Up in third.
For more information on the next Kraken Cup, due to take place in December/January 2019/20, head to www.theadventurists.com