Some of the worldâ€™s top sailors join the fleet for 80th anniversary race
Bridgetown, Barbados (20 January, 2016): The 60-mile sprint clock-wise round Barbados has sparked a lot of interest with many of the worldâ€™s top speed sailors here on the island including Paul Larsen, Wouter Verbraak, Rob Greenhalgh, Brian Thompson, Lloyd Thornburg, Helena Darvelid, Ned Collier Wakefield, and Jonny Malbon currently preparing for a serious attempt at breaking records in tomorrowâ€™s Mount Gay Round Barbados Race.
The weather is looking good for record-breaking too with winds forecast to reach 28+ knots. It looks as though the wind will be from the north-east for the early starters for the stretch to north point, then at midday it should turn east to provide an exciting sail all the way down to coast to east point.
Organised by Barbados Cruising Club in association with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, and Mount Gay, this historic race, which ran for the first time 80 years ago was based on bragging rights for the fastest Trading Schooners. The winner of the first race was Captain Lou Kenedyâ€™s Sea Fox, which completed the course in 10 hours 20 minutes.