The winners of the 2019 Kraken Cup are Village Monde - VAOLO. Made up of Canadians Charles and Bastien Mony and Frenchmen Gilles Lamire, Village Monde dominated from the start. They were the first in on Day 1 dropping their anchor in just 3hrs 7mins, 17 mins ahead of second place and took first, five of the eight days of the race.
The day started off ok for the teams. Leaving Songo Songo Island for the finish, winds were steady, however as the race progressed, wind speeds dropped making the trek to the end long, challenging and slow. Still, with the little wind they had, Village Monde tweaked positions and jostled with Southern Exposure for the top spot. They soon saw them off and remained in the lead for the majority of the race.
This left Southern Exposure in battle for second with Jambo Y’all. Jambo gained a lot of ground through the morning and the race became so close they could touch. Mistakes couldn’t be made and the teams had to keep their cool, monitoring the delicate conditions to make the most of minimal wind.
It wasn’t to be for Jambo Y’all who managed to grab 3rd just behind Southern Exposure. From then on the teams rolled in one by one, elated, delighted and exhausted. Some thought making the whole experience more challenging was the way to go. Out Of Our Depth decided to tow in a 5kg unicorn to the finish line. They said about it.
“Only in the hardest moments you can see the light of the unicorn. Carrying 5kg of unicorn was worth it”.
They still managed to come a respectable 8th overall.
Here are the final results for The Kraken Cup 2019
01) 07:27 Village Monde - VAOLO
02) 07:30 Southern Exposure
03) 07:46 Jambo, y'all!
04) 07:50 Kaea o Nga Waka
05) 07:50 Pole pole ndio mwendo
06) 07:52 Bail, Bail, Bail
07) 07:59 Buena Aventura
08) 08:04 Eat Ship! - Brosail Inc.
09) 08:10 Krakin' Up
10) 08:10 Unsalted Nuts
11) 08:15 Schrodinger's Catamaran
12) 08:16 H.M.S. Thunderbush
13) 08:17 Knot lost
14) 08:25 Out of Our Depth
15) 08:30 Three Willy's
16) 08:59 In Decent Sea
17) 09:20 Three guys walk into a boat
18) 09:34 Crazy Cannucks
01) 42:04 Village Monde - VAOLO
02) 45:20 Southern Exposure (Late Arrival 00:20)
03) 45:38 Krakin' Up
04) 45:56 Jambo, y'all!
05) 47:54 Bail, Bail, Bail (Late Arrival 00:38)
06) 48:54 Eat Ship! - Brosail Inc. (Late Arrival 01:50)
07) 53:02 Buena Aventura (Late Arrival 02:06)
08) 53:43 Out of Our Depth (Late Arrival 02:34)
09) 54:28 Schrodinger's Catamaran (Late Arrival 03:24)
10) 55:00 Three Willy's (Late Arrival 02:12:00, Assistance 00:30)
11) 56:55 Knot lost (Late Arrival 03:52:00)
12) 59:05 Kaea o Nga Waka (Late Arrival 05:22)
13) 80:32 Three guys walk into a boat (Late Arrival 14:20, Assistance 02:24)
Most Time at sea - 70:57 In Decent Sea (aka Rescue Rangers)
Signup for the 2020 race is open now over on the Kraken Cup website.