December 7, 2004 - #33
The 14th edition of the Gustavialoppet, or “race of Gustavia” in
Swedish, was held this year, as is the annual tradition, in commemoration of the island’s period of Swedish rule from 1784 to 1878. A group of about 20 Swedes make the trip every year to participate in this 10-kilometer marathon. Among the runners this year there were also a dozen from Saint Martin, two Norwegians, three Americans, and a few from Guadeloupe. On the starting line on Sunday, November 21, in front of the sports stadium in Saint Jean, were 95 adults, 20 of which were women. The runners ran up the “tourmente” (the hill by the airport) then on to town hall before returning to Saint Jean by way of Public. The event was won by 42 year-old Patrick Trivial from Saint-Martin, in 38 minutes, 34 seconds. Two seconds later was Skil Joao Pereira de Souza, a Brazilian resident of the island who crossed the finish line in second place, same as he did in 2003. Emmanuel Cau, winner of the race last year, came in third, several seconds behind the winner. He holds the record for the fastest time for this race: 35 minutes, 10 seconds. A frequent runner, this athlete participated in the New York City marathon in early December and came in 1,487 place out of 36,513 participants, with a time of 3 hours, 19 minutes.
The first woman to cross the finish line in the Gustavialoppet was Saskia Schroten, a resident of the Dutch side of Sint-Maarten, who came in 17th in the overall standings with a time of 44 minutes, 42 seconds. For the second year in a row, a race for children is organized on the day before. This year, 147 kids, from the ages of 26 months to 15 years, took part in a race around the stadium. For the youngest it was a 400-meter race while the older ones ran 1,600 meters.
Photo: Patrick Trivial (in the center) arrived first, followed by Joao Pereira (on the left) and Emmanuel Cau (on the right).
Reinforcement of the moorings in Colombier Bay
Since November 10, the staff of the Marine Park have been busy reinforcing the moorings in bay at Colombier. Until now, these cone-shaped buoys that float on the surface were attached to the bottom with rods in the sand, a worn-out system that does not provide the level of safety desired. It was decided to install moorings, each with a concrete blocks that weighing three tons. each. The sand rods were repaired and serve as a backup system. Of the 23 moorings available at Colombier, only the 15 that are meant for boats measuring between eight and 20 meters in length are equipped with the new concrete blocks intended to support heavier boats. The remaining eight moorings have rods that were still in good enough shape not to need immediate attention. The use of these buoys is free. The white cone-shaped ones are for boats no longer than eight meters and not weighing more than 12 tons. Boats up to 20 meters long and weighting over 25 tons should tie up to the yellow buoys with the new concrete blocks. While there is some leeway in terms of the length of the boats, the maximum weight restrictions must be respected. Boats over 20 meters in length should anchor in the middle of the bay.
More to come