Between January 16 – 24 sailors from around the world will head to Barbados and take to the high seas for nine days of competitive sailing, fine rum, and exciting entertainment. They will be participating in the rebranded Barbados Sailing Week 2018, an event which, this year, has attracted a record level of competitors.
The Barbados Sailing Week includes three days of Coastal Racing; the famous Mount Gay Round Barbados Race on January 21; and the Ocean Passage Race to Antigua on January 24. The week also features themed parties and other enhanced entertainment aimed at creating an inclusive, immersive cultural experience for all involved.
UK Director, Cheryl Carter comments: “Barbados is really proud to present this edition of the annual regatta. We anticipate that the Barbados Sailing Week trademark will maintain its prominent position in the world of sailing, as a sustainable and competitive brand. With so many direct flights available from London and Manchester to Barbados, now is an opportune time for avid sailors to consider a midwinter trip to Barbados for a week of adrenaline, sportsmanship and Caribbean vibes.”
Thousands of local, regional and international spectators are expected to gather at vantage points around the island to take in some of the biggest draws such as the three-masted 65m Schooner Adix and the 55m A-Class Schooner Elena – the yacht that holds the Classic record of 6 hours, 11 minutes, 19 seconds in the 60nm sprint around Barbados. As with the previous years, sailors have the opportunity to win prizes, which include winning the skipper’s weight in rum if any of the 20 records are broken.
Formerly the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series, The Barbados Sailing Week is organised by the Barbados Cruising Club in association with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. The nautical event is deemed one of the most popular events on the circuit. Since being rebranded with a recreated logo and a website embodying the modernity and longevity of the brand, and with the inclusion of more diverse activities during the week, the event is expected to grow significantly in the future.