From as early as 10 a.m. tomorrow colourful sails can be expected on the horizon when the 2019 Old Brigand Rum Regatta sets sail.
Billed as the flagship regatta for the Barbados Sailing Association, this year’s edition will see vessels over four classes going at it in head-to-head races in Carlisle Bay and along the South Coast on Saturday and Sunday.
During a media conference that was held earlier this week, it was announced that the event, which is in its third year in its current form, will be seeing a new class added to the fold. With the inclusion of Kitesurfing to the Olympic programme, the sport will be making its debut on the local scene as it continues to make waves worldwide.
Speaking during the conference, Barbados Sailing Association President Gus Reader stated that it was pleasure to have the discipline join the ranks of other nautical sports under his association’s umbrella. “It’s a new addition to this regatta. Kitesurfing is the up-and-coming arm of sailing. Fast, furious and very technical. So we are very proud to welcome the kiters to the Old Brigand Regatta and to the Barbados Sailing Association’s event,” he said.