Mount Gay Distilleries Limited Chartered Vessel Impresses At Round Barbados Race

The Mount Gay Distilleries Limited chartered “Spirit of Juno” registered the fastest time in the Monohull class at the 75th anniversary of the Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race held on Friday, January 21, 2011, emerging as one of the stars of the re-established event.

The elated “Spirit of Juno” crew, with Managing Director of Mount Gay Distilleries Limited, Raphael Grisoni (Back row: Fourth from left)

The “Spirit of Juno’s” participation in the Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race followed Managing Director of Mount Gay Distilleries Limited, Raphael Grisoni’s experience in November 2010 when he sailed on board the vessel in the 5th annual Mount Gay Rum sponsored Trans-Atlantic Race, organised by UK based sailing services company, ONDECK.

The composition of the crew was varied and friendly with members hailing from France, the United States and South Africa, who joined Grisoni and three ONDECK professionals on the 65 ft vessel. The crew also included two Canadian journalists, as well as two local sports journalists and first time sailors.

Grisoni said their performance was exceptional despite the mixture of languages and experience, with about half of the crew speaking French, and some of the members only learning the technique of sailing one day prior to the race:

The level of camaraderie on the vessel was very high, and those with little or no experience certainly pulled their weight, helping us to finish top of our class, which was very gratifying. The overall race was also a major success and Mount Gay Rum, through its 10 year sponsorship commitment, will be pushing to develop the Round Barbados Race further in the future.”

The 75th anniversary of the Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race was revived this year by the Barbados Cruising Club and title sponsors Mount Gay Rum, with additional support from the Barbados Tourism Authority, Albion Insurance, Miele, Scotia Bank, The Beach House, and Indigo Island, and saw over 20 entries from Barbados, the region, and across the globe.

In the overall standings local entrant and record holder “Silver Bullet” skippered by Robert Povey, took the top honours in 5 hours 9 minutes and 33 seconds. “Spirit of Juno” skippered by 22 year old Irishman, Rory Faulkner, placed second with an elapsed time of 6 hours, 8 minutes, and 41 seconds a few minutes ahead of traditional sailing schooner “Elena”, captained by Steve McLaren who clocked 6 hours 11 minutes and 19 seconds.

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