Mount Gay Rum’s Round Barbados Race 2012 Surpasses Expectations
With a total of 28 entries received and several records being broken on the day, the recently concluded 2012 edition of the Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race has certainly been heralded as a resounding success.
In many ways this year’s event not only lived up to, but also surpassed several of the organisers’ expectations, in addition to setting the stage for the 2013 edition which is expected to be even bigger and better.
Excellent sailing conditions resulted in six records being broken, including the setting of a new absolute record and absolute multihull record by the vessel “Silver Bullet”, which completed the 70 plus mile course in a time of 4 hours, 24 minutes and 27 seconds, smashing its own previous record of 4 hours, 40 minutes and 33 seconds set 7 years ago.
Leading the Monohull class was the vessel, “Idea”, which set a new absolute Monohull record of 5 hours, 3 minutes and 34 seconds.
Monohull entries “Rapajam” and “Bruggadung” also set new marks in the 60 foot and under and 30 foot and under classes respectively, with “Immigrant” setting a new double-handed record in the 40 foot and under class and “Jabulani” a new single handed record in the 35 foot and under class.
International Brand Manager for Mount Gay Rum, Marc McCollin, said the success of this year’s event, which was only the second since the race was re-established last year, is proof the Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados can become one of the biggest events on not just the local sailing calendar, but regionally and internationally as well:
“This year we were able to attract more entries than last year, which is testament to the success of the inaugural event and the many glowing reviews given by competitors. We also added the Regatta Village in Independence Square as well as the “Two Restaurants Race” in keeping with the goal of expanding this annual event into one of the most prestigious week long sailing festivals in the Caribbean. As was seen last year, the public expressed a keen interest as they came out in their numbers to watch the race on Errol Barrow Day, with many individuals and groups congregating at bars along the coast of the island to view the vessels as they raced to the finish.”
The 2012 Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race was made possible by the sponsorship and kind assistance of the Barbados Cruising Club, the Barbados Tourism Authority, Lime TV, The Loomba Foundation, Miele Marine, Port Louis Marina, The Beach House, Diamonds International and Indigo Island.