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Barbados Sailing Week 2024

The very beginning of the Caribbean racing season starts from mid January with the Round Barbados Sailing Week. There is an electric party vibe throughout the island as the regatta coincides with the celebration of the birthday of Barbados’ first Prime Minister and co-founder of the Barbados Cruising Club. Not only that, but Errol Walton Barrow is also known as the ‘Father of the Nation’, so you can probably see why Barbadians have something to celebrate at this time of year.

Although the first official race of this week long regatta began back in 1936, the tradition of racing around the island dates back much further into history. Way, way back in the 19th century where prizes for cargo arriving before rivals’ ships could raise a massive premium, the traders could declare bragging rights for being the fastest schooner into port. There was however, a consolation prize for the slowest ship. This prize was so esteemed that they had to stop handing out a last-to-finish prize after 2 ships loitered at sea for days with the intent of winning. The prize was an entire barrel of Mount Gay Rum so I can certainly understand their motives.

These days, there is a new tradition where if you break any of the 20 current records, then you can win your skipper’s weight in rum. As though anyone needs an excuse to over indulge in the festive season, this race is not one for a skinny skipper!

Made up of four training days, four coastal racing day events and after race parties with the incentive of your skipper’s weight in rum, what are you waiting for?

Day 1 - 15th Jan 2024 Welcome Aboard
Arrival on the boat.

Day 2 - 16th Jan 2024 Training & Safety Briefing

Day 3 - 17th Jan 2024 Coastal Races 1 & 2
South coast races

Day 4 - 18th Jan 2024 Coastal Races 3 & 4
West coast races

Day 5 - 19th Jan 2024 Lay Day

Day 6 - 20th Jan 2024 Coastal Race 5 & Award ceremony

Day 7 - 21st Jan 2024 The Round Barbados Race
Sailing race north-bound

Day 8 - 22nd Jan 2024 Award Ceremony
The event concludes with official award ceremony for all competitions and classes

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  • Crew positionRacing crew

  • Availability 15 Jan 2024 until 22 Jan 2024

  • Expenses to/from vesselPaid by crew

  • Expenses onboardPaid by crew

  • Team / SoloNot important

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  • TypeSailing Yacht

  • Make/modelFirst 40.7

  • Length12 metres

  • Berth10

  • Sailing from Barbados

  • Sailing to Barbados

  • Language spoke aboardEnglish

  • Boat descriptionMCA Coded Racer cruiser that has been properly maintained and upgraded. She is one of the last First 40.7's to be made and is in excellent condition. Equipped for Symmetric, Asymmetric and Code Zero Spinnakers, she is versatile enough to comfortably handle a huge range of conditions.

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  • Age41

  • GenderMale

  • Fluent languages English

  • Qualifications 1st Aid
    RYA Dinghy Instructor
    RYA Yachtmaster
    STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibility
    ENG1 cert.

  • Sea Miles 2,500 - 10,000

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Great Experience!


Great Experience, great guys!

18th Sep 2020

Sailed with them across the Atlantic in 2019.


The boat was well taken care of, had enough safety gear. Neil -the skipper- was awesome, I learned a lot. Recommended.

2nd Jun 2020

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