Fewer Entries for 32nd Harris Paints Regatta: Nevertheless Grenadian J24 among confirmed Enrtries

This year’s Harris Paints Regatta has 11 vessels competing in the J24 class but director of the event, Peter Burke, is adamant that the sport remains a viable entity in Barbados’ tourism product.

Burke (grey shirt) told the media during a press briefing held at the Yacht Club, Bay Street, the sole overseas competitor is Dr Robbie Yearwood from Grenada in the J24 Class event which is set to start at Carlisle Bay on Saturday.

Burke (grey shirt) told the media during a press briefing held at the Yacht Club, Bay Street, the sole overseas competitor is Dr Robbie Yearwood from Grenada in the J24 Class event which is set to start at Carlisle Bay on Saturday.

The juniors will again be racing in their Optimist, Topaz or Echo-12 vessels, according to Marianne Brown, who is a director and sailing administrator at LRN2 Sail Barbados Inc.

On Sunday, all the classes will be competing, including the racer cruiser class which would do a long race on the South Coast as well as the multi-hull class.

On Sunday, all the classes will be competing, including the racer cruiser class which would do a long race on the South Coast as well as the multi-hull class.

If one is in Hastings and using the Boardwalk, then spectators can watch the boats come quite close to the shore,” Burke said.

Ian Kenyon, CEO of Harris Paints (main sponsor) is pleased to provide support for one of the company’s most loyal customers, he also observed over 100 sailors are participating, and the CEO promised while everyone may not have a trophy, all competing will get a polo shirt and a cap compliments of Harris.

Chairman of Harris Paints, Ralph Johnson, said the main factor there were less competitors this year is simply due to a reflection of the level of the economy.

Chairman of Harris Paints, Ralph Johnson, said the main factor there were less competitors this year is simply due to a reflection of the level of the economy.

Esperanza is once again the defending champion at the long-standing event which is due to start at 10 am on Saturday and conclude with the closing ceremony at 3:30 pm on Sunday.

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