CARIBPIX 2017 BARBADOS YACHTING NEWS
Barbados prepares for epic Mount Gay Round Barbados Series – Caribbean season opener attracts record breakers for island rum dash.
Bridgetown, Barbados (5 January 2017): With just 10 days to go before the start of
the 2017 Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series (16-
Overseas entries, including Tony Lawson’s record-
Given the fact there is a total 14 established records up for grabs, all of which
offer the skipper’s weight in Mount Gay Extra Old Rum, if broken, this event is not
only the ultimate choice for speed sailors seeking a spot of early season training
for the forthcoming Caribbean season, but also is an ideal post-
Organisers – Barbados Cruising Club in association with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc and Mount Gay – are currently in the process of welcoming a stream of visitors to Bridgetown’s new marina facilities. Those currently en route include the Austrian team on X41 Godspeed.
Peter Gilkes – Consultant to the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc for Yachting Development – who has been involved in the organisation of the event for many years, believes the Mount Gay Round Barbados Regatta has many attractive qualities. Commenting on the 2017 event, Gilkes said: “Following last year’s most successful event to date where some impressive times were achieved during our signature round Barbados race, I am looking forward to welcoming even more entries this year.
“I believe we have a unique event here on the island of Barbados and, after many
years of hard work in promoting the regatta globally, it is now a recognised Caribbean
circuit favourite. The record breaking sprint around the island and the chance of
winning your skipper’s weight in rum is, I believe, a really attractive incentive.
Also, with the additional marina facilities this year, including online clearance
through Sail Clear, plus washing facilities and Wi-
Other interesting entries lined up to have a crack at record-
In an effort to maintain the event’s tradition, which saw the first race in 1936
based upon bragging rights for the fastest Trading Schooner round Barbados, there’s
a strong classic revival this year. Among those taking part is Adix, the Arthur Holgate
65m. Also in the line-
During the run-
As headline sponsor, Mount Gay is the theme behind most daily parties and social events including the legendary Red Cap party, a tour/tasting session at the Mount Gay Distillery, and an exhibition polo match at Holders Polo Field, at Holetown, St James on lay day. New to the social schedule this year is a party Copacabana Beach Bar located just a few minutes stroll along the beach.
Reports from the racecourse will be distributed globally on a daily basis for the duration of the event.
For further information and details on how to enter click here or contact Alene, the Event Manager, at email@example.com.
Report written by Sue Pelling.
About the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series
The first recorded race round Barbados was in 1936 when five trading schooners (Sea Fox, Mona Marie, Marion B Wolfe, Lucille Smith and Rhode Island) took up the challenge. Sea Fox (Captain Lou Kenedy) was the overall winner with a time of 10 hours 20 minutes.
The original race was based upon bragging rights for the fastest Trading Schooner. In an era where prices for cargo arriving ahead of rival ships commanded a massive premium, this was a lucrative race for captains.
The consolation prize of a barrel of Mount Gay Rum for the slowest yacht was discontinued several years later following the discovery that some competitors purposely stalled and remained out at sea for days to ensure they won the prize.
In 2012 The Mount Gay Round Barbados Race expanded to incorporate the Two Restaurants
Race, which meant racing took place over two days. The idea proved such a success,
it was decided to expand the event further in 2014, in line with most other Caribbean
regattas, and run a series of coastal, round-
Further event information
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1.jpg – Closer than close on the finish line between the two MOD70s – MS Barbados Concise 10 and Phaedo3 – in last year’s Mount Gay Round Barbados Race.
2.jpg – Every night is party night at the Mount Gay Round Barbados Regatta.
3.jpg – Action aboard the Farr 65 Spirit of Juno.
4.jpg – The beautiful Alfred Mylne 65 The Blue Peter never ceases to create a stir off Bridgetown.
5.jpg – MS Barbados Concise 10 is already in Barbados ready for action.
Photo credits – Peter Marshall/MGRBR
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