Wednesday, December 18, 2013

78th Anniversary Mount Gay Round Barbados Race

Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series - January 15-24, 2014 

Mount Gay has the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating rum producer in the world

Source: Charter World

The race starts at Carlisle Bay, and then on to the calm waters of the western coast. After rounding the top of the island sailors meet the full force of the Atlantic where there's nothing but water between the coast of Barbados and Africa. After clearing the East Point, then it's downwind to the SW coast to the finish. 

Over 50 yachts are expected to take part in the infamous race organized by the Barbados Cruising Club in association with the Barbados Tourism Authority and Mount Gay Rum. A new series of coastal races are featured, along with a final 300-mile sprint to Antigua on January 24th.  

Throughout the week there's a party every night including the legendary Mount Gay Rum Red Cap party. In addition the Barbados Polo Club will run an exhibition match during lay day on January 20, 2014.  

The bond between sailing and rum and the island of Barbados

Back in the late 1930's five schooners made the race around the island of Barbados. The winner received their weight in gold, along with  in gold and bragging rights to rivals and prospective clients seeking the fastest shipping vessel for their cargoes. 

The original race was based upon the fastest trading schooner back in the era when prices for cargo arriving ahead of rival ships brought lucrative prices ship captains. The consolation prize of a barrel of Mount Gay Rum for the slowest yacht was discontinued as it was discoverd that some competitors purposely remained out at sea for days to ensure they won the prize.

Race details including entry forms and schedule of events available on the race website:

Source: Sailing Scuttlebutt -

Happy Travels,

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