Sol Go Further Mud Dogs Barbados June Safari 2012
The Mud Dogs Barbados drivers had no problem going all night long for the Sol Go Further June Safari 2o12. As the longest and most challenging event on the Mud Dogs Barbados calendar, the safari started in Haggatt Hall, St. Michael at 2:01 p.m. on Saturday (June 23) and passed through nearly every parish before finishing on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. at the Mahogany Ridge Restaurant, St. James.
It was also one of the biggest turnouts for the event with 27 teams registered and competitors were lovingly provided with a care-givers package which included a small of container of Vaseline. It was later found out that the Vaseline was a hint that the route will pass through several patches of cow-itch and did not have anything to do with the difficulty of the course .
There was a brief dry spell at the beginning of the safari, but thankfully the sky had other ideas and competitors were given just enough rain to make the routes and challenges interesting without being impossible.
The first two challenges came one after the other in Chapel Plantation, St. Philip where competitors had to drive through the mud pond which was about 4 feet deep and then grab for their 4wd to get over a steep slope in the adjacent gully. Apparently, the route-setters had it timed to perfection because the rain started to fall just as the first few competitors were making their way through.
At the end when all the mud had dried, it was the familiar team of veterans Leslie Alleyne and Chris O’Neal who once again found themselves leading in the provisional results.
Route-setter, Renata Roett said that Leslie’s experience is what keeps him on top, “Leslie knows how to pick up what is what and because he was rallying for so many years, to find something that he hasn’t come across yet would be extremely difficult.”
As a first time official route setter, Renata also spoke about her experience, “A lot went into planning the rally, we had to take into consideration the four routes that were approximately 60 km each. We had to think about marshalls who were willing to work throughout the night and get all the information photocopied and distributed to the teams.It was a lot of work.”
She also said that the emphasis was on having an enjoyable safari, “Pete (Bradshaw) and I tried to keep things fun and interesting – especially since it was such a long rally, we wanted to make sure that even if teams may have gotten caught with some of our nasty tricks, they would still have a great time, which seemed to be the general consensus.”
Adrenaline Sun thanks Sol Go Further for making this Mud Dogs Barbados event possible and we look forward to seeing you at the prize-giving ceremony at the Barbados Clay Target Shooting Association on Monday, June 25 beginning at 6:00 p.m.