Die Hard, Impulse stars of the day
AN UNUSUAL mixed bag of conditions greeted sailors on the opening day of the 80th anniversary Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series on Sunday.
Organised by the Barbados Cruising Club in association with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. and Mount Gay, the event got off to a spectacular start with sun, rain, unpredictable shifts and squalls that kept competitors on their toes.
After a half-hour postponement to wait for the wind to settle, the ultra competitive local J-24 fleet set off on the first of three races, with defending champs Robert Povey and team aboard Hawkeye soon in control of the fleet with a 32-second lead on the windward mark.
However, on the gybe approaching the leeward mark, Robbie Yearwood and team in Island Water World Die Hard slipped through into a lead they were never to relinquish. (EZS/PR)
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