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Barbados hosting Nations Cup qualifier

From left: President of the J24 Club of Barbados Gregory Webster, United Insurance’s Sharron Alleyne-Elcock and International Sailing Federation judge Philipe Gomez.

From left: President of the J24 Club of Barbados Gregory Webster, United Insurance’s Sharron Alleyne-Elcock and International Sailing Federation judge Philipe Gomez.

Barbados will host a major international yachting event from January 30 to February 3 with the staging of the 2013 Nations Cup regional final in Carlisle Bay.

This International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Grade 2 regatta, for J24 match-racing yachts, is title-sponsored by United Insurance and brings together teams from the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Barbados.

The Nations Cup is staged every two years and the Barbados regatta is regarded as the regional final for the Caribbean and North America. Male and female winners will go on to the world finals, scheduled for Middelfart, Denmark, in August.

Barbados will be represented at the regional final by the†HawkEye team, skippered by Robert Povey, and Team Impulse, skippered by Neil Burke.

Hawkeye, sponsored by Williams Industries, were local J24 match-racing champions in 2009 and 2011 and runners up in 2012, while Impulse were the 2012 champions.

“This a major event for J24 yachts in the Americas and, with the assistance of United Insurance and our other support sponsors, we are working to ensure that Barbados host an exciting and successful regatta,” said Greg Webster, president of the J24 Club of Barbados.

“Having this Nations Cup qualifier in Barbados also allows our sailors to match skills with world class competitors and also benefits the sport as we continue efforts to improve competitive yachting and further promote the island as a sports-tourism destination,” added Webster.

Marketing Manager of United Insurance, Sharron Alleyne-Elcock said United Insurance†was happy to support the Nations Cup regatta and noted that the regional company†had a proud record of supporting sailing across the Caribbean.

“We are a leading sponsor of yachting and sailing events in several islands, including major regattas in Grenada, Bequia, Trinidad and Barbados. For us, this event is another opportunity to associate ourselves with an activity that encourages the expression of excellence,” she said.

Other support sponsors for the regatta, being co-ordinated by the J24 Club, are the Barbados Yacht Club, Doorly’s Rum, 10 Saints Beer, Earthworks Pottery, Santanita/Rosebank Apartments, and The MC Buccanneer.

Coinciding with the Nations Cup regatta will be an ISAF-sponsored match-racing clinic which will be conducted by Philipe Gomez, a globally recognised†international umpire and judge.

Gomez is a lead umpire in the Americas Cup and the purpose of the clinic is to develop the match-racing and officiating skills in the region in order to enhance the growth of the sport internationally.

Apart from the Caribbean other regional finals are scheduled for Russia, Portugal, The Netherlands, Argentina and Africa with more than 1000 races involving sailors from 40 countries. (BB)

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