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20th Mount Gay Boatyard Regatta

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 Bullet.

Next year’s Mount Gay Regatta is slated for May 25 to 28.

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