The Caribbean race season’s opening regatta is now to be known as Round Barbados Sailing Week, which replaces its former title, the Mount Gay Round Barbados Series. Organised by Barbados Cruising Club in association with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc and Mount Gay, Round Barbados Sailing Week 2020 runs from Jan. 17-23 is expected to once again attract top class competition.
The headlining 60nm Mount Gay Round Barbados Race gives crews a chance to win their skipper’s weight in rum if any of the 20 records are broken. This all-comers sprint around Barbados traditionally takes place on Jan. 21, Errol Barrow Day – a public holiday to celebrate the birthday of the first Prime Minister of Barbados and 'father of independence'. Given the day's significant status, the party vibe throughout the island is legendary with crowds of locals and visitors annually flocking to the best vantage points to watch the race as it unfolds down the rugged Atlantic coast.
The organisers have changed the format to make it more accessible for locals and novice sailors to lose the elite tag sailing generally has. Not only have they come up with a well-balanced format for locals to join in the fun and have a go, but they have also enhanced Barbados Sailing Week's strong competitive appeal, to give racing enthusiasts new challenges on the racecourse.