Top Barbadian and Caribbean sailors will be locked in battle in Carlisle Bay this weekend in the much anticipated 2012 United Insurance J24 Match-Racing Cup .
This exciting ocean-racing event for J24 yachts sails off on Saturday and will be contested using the internationally famous Americas Cup format.
Ten teams are expected to contest this year’s edition of the United Match-Racing Cup where Hawk Eye, skippered by Robert Povey, will be defending the championship.
Hawk Eye will be under pressure to retain the Cup, with ISIS, skippered by Nicholas Lashley; Impulse, skippered by Neil Burke and
Fully Covered, skippered by Bruce Bailey, among their main rivals.
“We have a good team and our aim is to retain the Cup we won back last year. We are ready to take on all comers,” said Povey.
Impulse, declared the J24 champions for 2012 after dominating most of the regattas this season, will attract a lot of attention on current form and skipper Neil Burke said they intend to keep the momentum going.
“Our crew has been solid and consistent all year and it would be a good feeling to finish the season with the Match-Racing Cup. It will be exciting and competitive,” Burke said.
Operations manager of United Insurance, David Alleyne, said his company, a leading insurer in the Caribbean with operations in 13 regional territories, was happy to partner the J24 Club again this year and their association with the Match-Racing Cup, and other regional events such as the Grenada Sailing Festival and the Bequia Easter Regatta, not only supported the advancement of local and regional yachting but also the growth of sports tourism in the Caribbean.
Teams listed to compete in the 2012 United Insurance Match-Racing Cup are: Esperanza (skippered by Neil Hutchinson); ISIS (skippered by Nicholas Lashley); Hawk Eye (skippered by Robert Povey); Impulse (skippered by Neil Burke); Fully Covered (skippered by Bruce Bailey); Die Hard of Grenada (skippered by Dr. Robbie Yearwood); Summtin Happenin (skippered by Paul Johnson); Team JCB of St. Lucia