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Impulse the J24 champs

Champion skipper Neil Burke (right) of Impulse and second-placed Robert Povey (left), skipper of HawkEye, showing off their J24 yachting awards with presenter Penny Johnson, brand manager for Jaguar and Range Rover. (GP)

Sun, November 04, 2012 - 12:05 AM

Skipper Neil Burke and the Impulse crew are celebrating as national champions of J24 yachting in Barbados.

After an outstanding season, in which Impulse landed podium positions in eight of nine regattas, Burke and crew were officially presented with the Range Rover Championship award during a ceremony last Friday night at the Barbados Yacht Club.

Impulse won four regattas and placed among the top three  in four others, as they topped the standings  in competition with  13 rival teams.

Impulse finished  with 11 points, while Hawkeye, who previously won three consecutive seasons, were second  on 17 points. Third were Esperanza (21 points), followed by Fully Covered (25 points), FadeAway (31 points) and ISIS on 34 points.

“Our crew turned in solid and consistent performances all year,” said skipper Burke, who has been sailing for more than 25 years.

“Our lowest placing  was fourth in the Harris Paints event and it was really a good season  for us.”

Other members of the champion crew were former top jockey Johno Jones (mastman), Bruce Greenidge (bowman), Kevin Tryhane (mastman), Kevin Burke (tactician) and Brian Gibbs (jib trimmer).

President of the J24 Club of Barbados Gregory Webster described  the season as an exciting and successful one  and thanked all sponsors and supporters  for their contribution.

“The level of competition was great  and the standard  of yacht racing  has been improving.

“That is great for the sport as all the teams are being pushed to improve their performances with  a view to representing Barbados on the world stage,” said Webster.  (PR)

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