28 boats in Round Barbados race
TWENTY-EIGHT boats lined up for the Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race yesterday, making it the largest number of competitors ever registered for the annual event.
Featuring boats from the United States, England, British Virgin Islands and as far as Sierra Leone, the highly anticipated race rowed off from Carlisle Bay before proceeding north along the West Coast and circling the island in a clockwise direction to finish at Carlisle Bay.
Ten local boats lined up for the Errol Barrow Day event, including Jabulani, Bruggadung, Silver Bullet and Rapajam, who were all expected to lead the Barbados charge hopefully in record-breaking time.
Idea, a monohull vessel from Britain, was also among the starters. Captained by Tony McBride, this vessel was highly tipped to break the overall race record. (RB)