Prizes

 

When the tradition of racing around Barbados first began over a hundred years ago, we are told that a barrel of Mount Gay Rum was awarded for the slowest boat. Schooners battled for the dubious "honour" of last place, spending days at sea to receive their reward. Today however things have changed. There are no prizes for coming last.

Numerous Prizes will be awarded for in each class overall for the  Mount Gay Round Barbados race, The Coastal Racing Series and The Ocean Passage Race to Antigua.

Perpetual Trophies

The following prestigious Awards are engraved with the names of each Absolute Record Holder as a Permanent Record of Achievement:

The Errol Barrow Classic Yacht Trophy
A commemorative perpetual award presented to a record breaking classic yacht.
 
The Barbados Tourism Authority Superyacht Trophy
A commemorative perpetual award presented to a record breaking monohull yacht.
The Mount Gay Rum Multihull Trophy.
A commemorative perpetual award presented to a record breaking multihull yacht.
 
The Barbados Cruising Club Double Handed Trophy
A commemorative perpetual award presented to a record breaking double handed yacht.
 
The Andrew Burke Single Handed Trophy.
A commemorative perpetual award presented to a record breaking single handed yacht.

The Rapier Trophy.
A commemorative perpetual award presented to a record breaking yacht as calculated under the CSA Measurement Handicap Rule.

Perpetual Awards

The Mount Gay Rum Caribbean Challenge Shield
This commemorative perpetual award will be presented to the fastest regional yacht.
 
The Coca Cola Cup
This commemorative perpetual award will be presented to the fastest Barbadian yacht.

Record Breaking Yachts

On breaking any of the existing Round Barbados records the record breaking yacht will be awarded Mount Gay Rum Extra Old equivalent to the weight of the registered skipper as recorded at the official skippers weighing.

Around Barbados

If the crow flew in a circle the race is about 60 miles but as we're not racing on crows yachts end up doing around 70 plus miles.  The trade winds and incredible sailing conditions make it a great course.

Starting at the Barbados Cruising Club, you will sail through the historic Carlisle Bay, pass the deep water harbour to starboard and then begin a 20 mile tight reach in calm water up the platinum coast of Barbados passing the homes and haunts of the very rich and very famous. 

After rounding the top of the island you will encounter the full force of the Atlantic with nothing between you and Africa. You will then face a good 7 mile plus beat in tricky currents,  windshifts  and some big waves. Follow this with a 20 mile fetch, riding those same waves beam on, trying to maximize speed without losing height enough to clear East Point.

Bear away and hoist through the big breaking Atlantic rollers for a fantastic 18 mile downwind slide along the south coast. Drop the kites and skate round the South West corner of the island to the finish!

 

Coastal Racing

This year, we are operating a modified programme due to Covid restrictions.

Please visit the race information page for details of the Coastal Races.