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Regatta on this weekend

sportsregattaonthewestcoastthisweekendExciting yachting moves to the west coast this weekend with the staging of the 2013 First Citizens J24 Open Championship in Holetown, St. James.

Around 16 yachts are expected to contest the newly designed west coast route, with four races scheduled for tomorrow and another four on Sunday. Races start at 10 a.m. and spectators can watch the ocean-racing up close from the MC Buccaneer, which is dropping anchor in Holetown for the event.

Greg Webster, president of the J-24 Club of Barbados, disclosed that this was the first time that the two-day regatta would be shifted from the south coast and the new course was designed to bring the action close to spectators, along the boardwalk in Holetown.

Barbados’ top sailors will be in action along with some Caribbean sailors from Trinidad, St. Lucia and Grenada. Competitors are anticipating good winds for the event and Webster said this should make the ocean-racing more challenging and competitive.

This is the fourth year that First Citizens Investment Services has partnered with the J24 Club, in supporting the regatta and other charity fund-raisers, and marketing Officer Sharon Small said they were happy to be associated with the event and the work of the club.

The First Citizens regatta is the fifth in a series of six regattas being contested by the island’s top sailors for the right to be called the 2013 national champions of Barbados.

The Impulse Team, skippered by Neil Burke, are the defending national champions but are under pressure to retain the title as HawkEye, skippered by Robert Povey, are currently leading the standings. (BB)

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