Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race

Despite generally light airs with winds reaching no more than 15 knots, three teams have won their skipper’s weight in rum for breaking records in the 79th Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race. Team College Funds skippered by Laser sailor Jason Tindale were noted for their impressive performance. They managed to break through to the lead the fleet at North Point by sailing closer to the shore, and finished third over the line. They also broke the J/24 record with a time of 9hrs, 06mins, 38secs. Tindale commenting on the team’s performance said: “We had a fantastic day and are delighted to have done so well. It didn’t look good at the start in just 4 knots of breeze. It took an hour to sail two-and-a-half nautical miles. Thankfully the breeze filled up to 14 knots, and the crew worked well to get everything together. A good tactical manoeuvre at North point by sailing further inshore gave us an advantage over a couple of boats who sailed out further. It is always a bit rough the Point. It was lumpy and very uncomfortable in the J/24, but we made it. We had a bit of a tough time steering down the top part of the east coast with the kite up for four hours, but once we were round East Point the situation improved and it was a fun ride home.” Full results are available at

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