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Records tumble in sailing race

BEA DOTTIN, [email protected]

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A?number of records were broken when Barbados successfully hosted the 2012 Mount Gay Round The Island Race on Saturday.
The race attracted 28 entries from around the world with one yacht arriving just the day before the event having sailed from Italy directly to Barbados.
That effort was rewarded as the crew were the eventual winners of the Absolute Mono Hull prize of the skipper’s weight in rum for the fastest mono hull to complete the race.
This yacht Idea is owned and skippered by Tony McBride, who attended last year’s event and had vowed to return with something bigger to break the Ultimate Mono Hull record and he easily achieved that goal.
The other Absolute prize went to Silver Bullet, skippered by Bryn Palmer, which had held the record for the fastest multi hull around the island. They reset this time with Saturday’s performance.
Rappajam with captain Ralph “Brugga” Johnson established a new class record for boats between 50 feet to 60 feet, and sister boat Bruggadung, captained by Paul Johnson set a new class record for boats between 30 feet and 40 feet.
New records were also set in both the single handed and double handed classes with Immigrant, skippered by David Staples and crewed by Dr John Duckhouse setting a new record for a double handed yacht.
Captain Peter Hoad also established a new record for a single-handed yacht.
This was the first year that use was made of the inner basin of the Careenage as a place to moor the yachts and also it was a first for the setting up of a regatta village.
The regatta village is a new concept to Barbados and sets up well for the world class event which Barbados will be hosting in December when boats will arrive for the finish of the Classic Transat 2012.
This event has so far attracted 33 entries and with seven months to go before the start, the organizers expect a further 12 yachts bringing the total to 45. (EZS/PR)