Mount Gay Round The Island Race Honours The “Father Of Our Nation”
Mount Gay Rum and the Barbados Cruising Club are paying tribute to Barbados’ father of independence, The Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow, at this year’s 75th anniversary of the Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race.
The Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race is being held later this month on Errol Barrow Day, Friday 21 January 2011, following a decision to re-establish the race as a major annual event on the international sailing calendar.
The idea of honouring the late Prime Minister as part of the rebirth of the Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race was born out of Mr. Barrow’s enthusiasm and love of sailing, and his role as a founding member of the Barbados Cruising Club.
Mount Gay Rum Brand Manager, Marc McCollin, said the opportunity to come onboard with such a historical event could not be passed up:
“The Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race dates back to the 19th century, making it well known and world renowned, just as is the case with Mount Gay Rum. We saw this as a perfect opportunity to join forces with the Barbados Cruising Club to revive the race, and honour one of this island’s greatest sons, The Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow, who played a major role in developing Barbados, home of “The Rum That Invented Rum” and well known venue for international sailing enthusiasts.”
Mount Gay Rum has made a 10 year commitment to the Barbados Cruising Club to remain onboard as the main sponsor of the race, adding this to the long list of local, regional, and international regattas Mount Gay Rum is involved in.
Additionally, the Barbados Tourism Authority, Albion Insurance, Miele, Scotia Bank, The Beach House and Indigo Island have also come on board to ensure that the Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race is successful.
This year’s race covers a distance of 70 plus miles starting at Carlisle Bay, St. Michael, with trade winds and incredible sailing conditions making it a great course for sailing enthusiasts.