Mount Gay Round Barbados Race
January 25, 2016
Big winds, big speeds and the fastest times ever recorded made the 80th anniversary Mount Gay Round Barbados Race one of the most spectacular in history with a total of five records broken, and each team winning their skipper’s weight in rum. Racing was over staggered starts commencing at 0700 with a good mix of yachts ranging from classics to a competitive group smaller boats including three J/24s. Sailing a J/24 round the notorious North Point is a challenge, but one that Team College Funds took in their stride. Skippered by Laser sailor Jason Tindale (25) and crewed by a team of youth sailors, they were once again noted for their impressive performance. They sailed a tactically good race, completed the course in 8 hours, 37 minutes, 26 seconds, and were delighted to have broken the record they established last year by 18 minutes. Tindale commented, “We are so happy to have skimmed some time off last year. But I have to say last year was a walk in the park compared to this one. We had about 22 knots of wind with a three-metre swell off North Point, which is not comfortable on a J/24 but we got through it. The racing was great, and we particularly enjoyed out battle with Whistler (a J/105), which got a bit hairy rounding Needhams Point towards the finish. Now looking forward to collecting our hoard of rum!” Equally impressive was the Singlehanded record, broken by fellow J/24 sailor Cecil Lecrenay on Bunga-Bunga. He completed the course in 9 hours, 46 minutes, 42 seconds. For complete event information, visit http://mountgayrumroundbarbadosrace.com.