Mount Gay Barbados Regatta 2012 Opening with the first Green Regatta
The Barbados Yacht Club was once again filled with the spirit of Caribbean camaraderie and sailing tradition as the opening of the 2012 Mount Gay Regatta came off on Thursday, (May 17th).
This year, there will be 36 boats competing in 4 classes; Racing A, Cruising A, Cruising B, and J24 with the hottest being J24 with 16 boats vying for the win.
The overseas contingent is strong with representatives coming from Grenada, Trinidad, St. Vincent, Great Britian, the USA and the British Virgin Islands to participate.
One of the new initiatives which will be launched this year is the Sailors for the Sea Programme which signifies this as the first official year that the Mount Gay Barbados Regatta is “going green”. According to the Director of the Barbados Sailing Association, Renata Goodridge, this environmentally friendly programme was started to show everyone that it’s important to recycle and be respectful to the environment.
“We’re making a conservative effort to keep the beaches and the waters in Carlisle Bay clean,” says Goodridge, “Anything which comes from the boats or the Regatta Village that can be recycled, will be recycled and this include all plastics, glass, cans and any other metals.”
Regatta fans can check out the sailing action which starts today at 10:00 a.m. in Carlisle Bay with the Day Prize Presentation at 5:30 p.m. at the Barbados Yacht Club.
Check out the photos from the opening ceremony after the jump and keep logging onto Adrenaline Sun for all the updates on the 2012 Mount Gay Barbados Regatta.