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2004 Mount Gay Rum regatta - Multi-hull boats


Thursday 03, June-2004
by Hallam Hope

Legacy And Bruggadung Make Good Sailing At Regatta -


The 2004 Mount Gay Rum regatta was another event of “serious fun”. Put another way, tough competition and loads of fun afterwards.

With a new category for Multi-hull boats as the innovation, skippers battled for top honours in all divisions, not the least being the Racing Class, where on the first day Ralph Johnson’s Bruggadung 11 made all the running, winning both races. But with defending champion Guardian Star not dazzling on this occasion, another Trinidadian boat, Legacy, seized the opportunity to go head-on-head with Bruggadung and eventually sailed away on the final day with top honours.

Legacy, skippered by the experienced Dougie Myers, won the final race on Sunday after being locked in serious battle with the Bajan boat.

Legacy finished with eight points, three wins and two seconds, while Bruggadung 11 had two wins, two seconds and a fourth for ten points and second place. Commodore Peter Burke would have felt a measure of satisfaction with some consistent sailing on Blazin for third place, while the very modified Beneteau vessel, Guardian Star, winner of many Caribbean races, was fourth.

Barbadian boats won in the other three categories, Cruising Class A, B and the Multi-hull section with former Olympian Bill Tempro skippering No Compromise to a repeat of a clean sweep of the five races, which was accomplished two years ago.

But in the Cruising Class A it was tough going as well, with No Compromise winning by seconds in some cases.

Jump Up won in Cruising Class B with four wins and a third place, while favourite Silver Bullet was the winner in the three-boat Multi-hull group.

Legacy’s Foredeck crew member Chris Mayhew perhaps summed up the serious side of winning for Legacy and No Compromise when he highlighted the determination of the crew and motivation of the skipper. Legacy brought a very experienced team, full of determination. But in Mayhew’s view, the role of Dougie Myers, driving the crew members, was essential to success. Perhaps he could have said the same of No Compromise and its skipper.

Crew members, family and fans generally expressed delight with the organisation of the regatta, which brought together the resources and sponsorship of the Barbados Yacht Club, Mount Gay Rum, the Boat Yard and the Barbados Sailing Association

Compliments of the Nation News

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Web Posted - Fri May 28 2004


LOCAL yachtsmen will face one of their greatest challenges in the 19th annual Mount Gay Rum Regatta which gets under way in Carlisle Bay today, with the first race slated for 10 a.m. Presented in association with the Boatyard, the eagerly awaited regatta will be contested in four classes, including, for the first time, a Multi-Hull Class.
The three-day event will consist of two races each day, with prizes presented at the end of each day’s sailing, while the major awards function comes off on Sunday afternoon at the Boatyard.

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