New trophy comes to the Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Racing Series

The Rapier Trophy celebrates the innovative approach that Al Rapier of Trinidad applied to measurement handicapping of yachts in the Caribbean. His approach has enabled yachts to race throughout the region over the past 40 years using a measurement system that is not only incredibly fair but allows the yacht to be measured without the need to be hauled out of the water. The system survives and flourishes today as one of the most practical and fair handicap systems in the world.

History

In the beginning of the 1970’s yacht racing in the region was being completely stifled not only by the lack of an active regional body to manage the sport but also by the lack of a credible handicap system under which to race. Into that void came Al Rapier who encouraged by others in Trinidad, especially Sydney Knox, came up with a solution which not only involved great maths but also an incredibly practical method of application, involving tools he designed and methods he invented to apply the formulae.

Current Monohull Record Holder: ‘Idea’, Reichel Pugh Maxi 78’ owned by Mr. John Wilson, UK. Time 5 hours, 3 minutes, 34 seconds, recorded 2012

From that work and the input of others from Antigua, Barbados the US and British Virgin Islands, the West Indies Yachting Association, now the (Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA), was born and the regional regattas we know today found a platform on which to play.

It is with utmost respect for Al’s efforts that the organizing committee of the oldest yacht race in the region, The Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race Series have the privilege of announcing the this prestigious prize.

The perpetual Al Rapier trophy now joins the other prestigious trophies awarded to record breaking yachts competing in the 77th Anniversary Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race.

  • The Errol Barrow Classic Yacht Trophy – A commemorative perpetual award presented to a record breaking classic yacht.
  • The Barbados Tourism Authority Superyacht Trophy – A commemorative perpetual award presented to a record breaking monohull yacht.
  • The Mount Gay Rum Multihull Trophy – A commemorative perpetual award presented to a record breaking multihull yacht.
  • The Barbados Cruising Club Double Handed Trophy – A commemorative perpetual award presented to a record breaking double handed yacht.
  • The Andrew Burke Single Handed Trophy – A commemorative perpetual award presented to a record breaking single handed yacht.
  • The Mount Gay Rum Caribbean Challenge Shield – This commemorative perpetual award will be presented to the fastest regional yacht.
  • The Coca Cola Cup – This commemorative perpetual award will be presented to the fastest Barbadian yacht.

Current Multihull Record Holder: ‘Silver Bullet’, Custom Supercat 30’, owned by Mr. Bryn Palmer, Barbados. Time 4 hours 24 minutes 27 seconds, recorded 2012

As always, any yacht breaking an existing Round Barbados Record on January 21st 2013 will win the skipper’s weight in Mount Gay Rum Extra Old.

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