Sailed out of the beautiful
Carlisle Bay in Bridgetown, May’s Mount Gay Boatyard Regatta was a chance for
local Barbados boats to resume their rivalry with crews from Trinidad, and Lord
do these two islands like to go up against each other!
31 boats participated, with over 150 overseas sailors, spread across
Racing, Multi Hull and Racer/Cruising A and B classes. Competition was under
the CSA Rating System with conditions perky. According to Kwame Hinds of the
Barbados Sailing Association, “We had some pretty heavy squalls come through
with wind speeds in the upper 20-knot range and after those we had some light
patches in the lower teens.”
Those disappointed by the absence this year of two key Trinidad
competitors – Les Crouch’s Storm and Paul Solomon’s Enzyme, were
compensated by some magnificent battles that took up where Angostura Tobago
Sail Week left off.
There was drama from the outset – Soverel 42 C-Mos, a main
contender from T&T in the Racer/Cruiser A class, lost its mast in the first
race. Quick action by regatta assistants managed to recover mast sections and
rig that had sunk in over 100ft of water.
Having dominated in Tobago, where Peter Burke’s Blazin took
Racing Class and Ralph Johnson’s Rapajam won Racer/Cruiser, the Bajan
boats decided to do it all again on home territory. Burke and Johnson won their
respective classes, Rapajam beating last year’s winner No Compromise.
In Racer/Cruiser B, Jerome Reid’s local boat Jump Up defended its
champion status by sweeping the class for the third consecutive year. And if
things couldn’t be any more emphatic, Barbados’ Tyco, a Super Cat 18
sailed by Ronald Williams won the Multi Hull class from Robert Povey’s Silver
Next year’s Mount Gay Regatta is slated for May 25 to 28.