Mount Gay Round Barbados Race
race around Barbados dates back to the 19th
century and is based upon bragging rights for
the fastest “Trading Schooner”. This was a prize
worth its weight in gold to captains in an era
where prices for cargo arriving ahead of rival
ships commanded a massive premium.
Whilst most boats sailed for the honor of the
fastest time, the consolation prize of a barrel
of Mount Gay Rum for the slowest certainly
spurred on some captains, and had to be
discontinued after two boats remained out at sea
for days stalling to take the prize.
2012 Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race organized
by the Barbados Cruising Club in association
with Mount Gay Rum and The Barbados Tourism
Authority is now open for entries!
Following the success of the 75th anniversary
race, held annually on Errol Barrow Day the 21st
January a national holiday honouring Barbados’
first Prime Minister, where the race captured
the interest of the island the organizers are
bringing this unique yachting spectacle right
into the heart of Bridgetown Barbados.
Independence Square in downtown Bridgetown will
be the site of the 2012 Regatta Village, with
yachts moored within the historic inner basin of
the Bridgetown Careenage. An area ingrained in
the maritime history of Barbados, used
historically by trading schooners to load and
unload their wares and located opposite National
Heroes Square and the Barbados Houses of
Parliament, which was recently listed by UNESCO
as a World Heritage Site.
Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race 2012 program
begins on 19th January and will feature an
extended race and social program with the
signature Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race
starting on the morning of the 21st. With
opportunities for yachts to win their skipper’s
weight in Mount Gay Rum Extra Old by breaking
existing class records is it time to fatten up
your skipper in preparation?
Wednesday 18th January 2012, 1700 Hrs: Race
entry submission closes.
Thursday 19th January 2012: Optional Event; The
Two Restaurants Race, 18 mile handicap warm up
Saturday 21st January 2012: Mount Gay Rum Round
Barbados Race, Pursuit Race to establish record
times. First Start off The Barbados Cruising
Club, Pebbles Beach at approx. 0700 Hrs.
If the crow flew in a circle the race is about 60 miles
but as we're not racing on crows yachts end up doing
around 70 plus miles.
The trade winds and incredible sailing conditions make
it a great course.
Starting at the Barbados Cruising Club, you will sail
through the historic Carlisle Bay, pass the deep water
harbour to starboard and then begin a 20 mile tight
reach in calm water up the platinum coast of Barbados
passing the homes and haunts of the very rich and very
After rounding the top of the island you will encounter
the full force of the Atlantic with nothing between you
and Africa. You will then face a good 7 mile plus beat
in tricky currents, windshifts and some big waves.
Follow this with a 20 mile fetch, riding those same
waves beam on, trying to maximize speed without losing
height enough to clear East Point.
Bear away and hoist through the big breaking Atlantic
rollers for a fantastic 18 mile downwind slide along the
south coast. Drop the kites and skate round the South
West corner of the island to the finish!
Stop the clock and see if it’s time to fatten the
skipper for the weigh in!
The aim of the race is simple, even if the course is a
little more challenging: One day, one race, to record
the fastest time around the island of Barbados.
Records may be set in a number of classes the following
of which have been selected and may be increased
according to entries.
Monohull One Design.
Monohull Open, Overall length over 30’ and under: 40’;
60’; 80; 100’; 130’; Unlimited.
Multihull Open, Overall length over 25’ and under: 40’;
60’; 80’; 100’; 130’; Unlimited.
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