Hawkeye, Impulse for Nation’s Cup
Hawkeye and Impulse won’t just be flying sails on their masts come Friday.
They will be sailing Barbados’ flag high too.
The island’s top two J24 yachts are among six teams from Puerto Rico, Canada and the United States who will be competing in this week’s ISAF United Insurance Nations Cup match racing event in Carlisle Bay.
The four-day, grade two event will serve as the regional finals for North America and the Caribbean, with the winners qualifying for the World Finals, which is scheduled for Middelfart, Denmark, in August.
During a Press conference held at the Barbados Yacht Club on Monday, Gregory Webster, president of the J-24 club of Barbados, said that he expected the home town duo to do well in the competition.
Both teams qualified to represent Barbados after being the two highest placed local yachts in the recently concluded United Insurance Match Racing Championships.
He pointed to the fact that although Hawkeye, which will be captained by Robert Povey, and the Neil Burke-skippered Impulse, would be coming up against world class competition, home advantage should work in their favour.
“I think that both teams have very good chances of making it to the World Finals,” Webster noted.
“The international competitors are accustomed to practising on lakes with wind speeds between nine to 12 knots, and this weekend we are expecting good conditions with the wind blowing between 15-18 knots.
“So the heavier breeze should give us an advantage, and hopefully our two competitors can take full advantage of that.”
He also revealed that the competition would help to benefit Barbados, as it promoted the island as a sports tourism destination.
Marketing manager of United Insurance, Sharron Alleyne-Elcock, said the company was pleased to lend its assistance to such a quality event.
She disclosed that United Insurance was committed to promoting sports in Barbados and around the region.
In addition, there will also be a three-day coaching clinic for competitors, which was slated to commence yesterday.