Sunday, January 20, 2013

Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race 2013

The Round Barbados Race Series 2013 will kick off its 77th anniversary on Errol Barrow Day, Monday, January 21, 2013.

Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race 2013 - Credit - Peter Marshall  

The race around Barbados  dates back to the 19th century and is based upon bragging rights for the fastest “Trading Schooner”. 

This was a prize worth its weight in gold to captains in an era where prices for cargo arriving ahead of rival ships commanded a massive premium.

The race starts at the Barbados Cruising Club, sailing through historic Carlisle Bay, pass the deep water harbor 20 miles up the calm waters of the platinum coast of Barbados. 

Once rounding the top of the island the course heads out into the full force of the Atlantic with nothing but water between them and the coast of Africa. The seven miles pose currents in all directions, wind shifts and high waves. 

Another 20 miles offers those same high waves as the course heads to East Point. The last 18 miles ends on the calmer South West corner of the island. 

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