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‘Impulse’ takes top yachting prize

Champion skipper Neil Burke (right) of Impulse and second placed Robert Povey (left), skipper of HawkEye, received their J24 yachting awards from Penny Johnson, brand manager for Jaguar and Range Rover.

Skipper Neil Burke and the Impulse crew are celebrating as national champions of J24 yachting in Barbados.

After an outstanding season, where Impulse landed podium positions in eight of nine regattas, Burke and crew were officially presented with the 2012 Range Rover Championship award during a ceremony on Friday night at the Barbados Yacht Club.

It was an exciting and consistent year for the Impulse Crew, winning four regattas and placing among the top three in four others, as they topped the standings in competition with 13 other J24 teams.

Impulse finished first overall with 11 points, while Hawkeye, who previously won three consecutive seasons, were second on 17 points. Third were Esperanza (21 points), fourth Fully Covered (25 points), fifth FadeAway (31 points), and sixth ISIS on 34 points.

“Our crew turned in solid and consistent performances all year. Our lowest placing was fourth in the Harris Paints event and it was really a good season for us. Our guys are enthusiastic and we will be looking to defend the championship next year,” said skipper Burke, who has been sailing for more than 25 years.

Other members of the champion Impulse crew were former top jockey Johno Jones (Mastman), Bruce Greenidge (Bowman), Kevin Tryhane (Mastman), Kevin Burke (Tactician) and Brian Gibbs (Jib Trimmer).

President of the J24 Club of Barbados, Gregory Webster, described the season as an exciting and successful one and thanked all sponsors and supporters for their contribution to its success.”The level of competition was great and the standard of yacht racing has been improving. That is great for the sport as all the teams are being pushed to improve their performances with a view to representing Barbados on the world stage,” Webster said.Sponsors of events during the 2012 J24 yachting season were Taylors Cycle Centre, CGI Insurance, Frutee, Banks, Super Centre, Mount Gay, Lucky HorseShoe, First Citizens, Harris Paints, the Cruising Club and Range Rover. (BB)

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