Records fell like sea spray on a blustery day and new lines in the sand were drawn in the second annual revival of the 76th Anniversary Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race. Six records were set by one UK and five local skippers, who each won their weight in Extra Old Mount Gay Rum, when the Barbados Cruising Club hosted this one-day race January 21st.
“The race attracted 28 entries from around the world with one yacht arriving the day before the event, having sailed from Italy directly to Barbados,” says organizer, Alene Krimholtz. “That effort was rewarded in Mount Gay Rum.”
This yacht was the 78-foot Reichel Pugh Maxi, Idea, skippered by the UK’s Tony McBride. McBride raced last year and finished fourth in his class. He vowed to return on a bigger yacht to break the Absolute Monohull Record, and he did with a time of 5h 3m 34s, some 17 minutes faster than the previous record set by Ron Joyce on Destination Fox Harb’r.
Barbadian sailor Peter Hoad set the single-handed record of 9h 49m 58s on his J/24, Jabulani. Hoad recaps his one lap around this 166-square-mile island: “It was very windy. After the start I pulled ahead of all the boats that started at 7am and this was a confidence boost. North Point was rough with messy waves from every direction. I got swamped about ten times. The east coast was easy with the waves now on my beam but still big. From Ragged Point to the finish was a downwind ride. The boat felt sluggish; checking below I found that the speedo had been leaking. This caused me to stop every half hour to bail. I changed and polled out the 150 head sail. From then on it was a fast ride to the finish with top speed of 14.8 knots.”
“Perfect conditions out on the water saw the ’round Barbados records tumble,” says Krimholtz.
The trading Brigantine Tres Hombres was the last boat to finish, safely returning a group of children from the Barbados ‘Kids At Sea’ youth sailing program back to Carlisle Bay shortly before 10pm.
This race dates back to the 19th century when bragging rights were up for grabs and the captain’s weight in gold for the fastest ‘Trading Schooner’.
This is the first time they have set up a regatta village in the inner basin of the Careenage in Bridgetown, and it worked well for this event. This same location will play host to the Classic Transat 2012 in December. Forty-five yachts are expected to arrive for this world-class event.
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AROUND BARBADOS RECORDS
- Thirty-five-foot and under: Paul Johnson, Beneteau First 10M, Bruggadung, 6h 52m 27s
- Double-Handed: David Staples, Dubois 40, Immigrant, 8h 19m 25s
- Sixty-foot and under: Ralph Johnson, Beneteau 53, Rapajam, 6h 16m 27s
- Multihull: Bryn Palmer, Roberts 30, Silver Bullet, 4h 24m 27s
Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based marine writer and registered dietitian.
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