Yacht racing returns with the penultimate regatta of the 2015 J24 National Championship series tomorrow and Sunday.
Eleven yachts, with visiting Caribbean sailors among them, will contest the two-day event which will be sailed over a Windward to Leeward course, just off the Hastings Rocks, Christ Church area, and will be visible to spectators on shore.
Last year’s winners Williams Industries Hawkeye will be looking to defend the title but can expect stiff competition from previous winners Banks Esperanza, Republic Bank Impulse, College Funds, which are all among the front-runners in the race for the overall 2015 J24 championship.
With only two regattas to go to decide the national champion the racing will be keenly contested by all competitors.
Die Hard of Grenada, Paddington of Trinidad and Bad Attitude of St. Lucia are the regional teams contesting the two-day regatta which will see four races being contested each day.
This year’s open regatta was formally launched during a media conference at the Barbados Yacht Club today where sponsors and organsiers outlined plans for the major yachting event.
President of the J24 Club, Kwame Hinds, also the tactician on Shakin OBTW, thanked the sponsors for their support of yachting and other events over the years and promised that this weekend’s regatta would produce some exciting sailing.
“The course will give sailors tactical options and those with the best skills and those making the right decisions will be in the money,” said Hinds.
Wind conditions are expected to vary greatly from 17 knots gusting to 23knots throughout the weekend adding to the challenging conditions.
Racing starts at 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.