With over 40 vessels from as far as the United Kingdom, United States, Europe, New Zealand and Canada and as close as the region and at home, the week is set to get started on January 17 with coastal racing on the January 18 and January 19 and the main event kicking off on January 21.
Manager of Sports at the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI), Devon Chase, spoke during yesterday’s media briefing held at the Barbados Cruising Club and was pleased to reveal some of the details surrounding the first offering of the year on the BTMI’s calendar of events. Although it was not uncommon to see persons taking in the action from the shore at different points around the island, Chase said that a new twist would be placed on the popular spot at the Animal Flower Cave.
“It would be remiss of me not to make mention to you, but you may recall that the late Errol Walton Barrow was a founding member of the Barbados Cruising Club under whose auspices the event is run. The Mount Gay Round Barbados Race, which takes place on Errol Barrow Day, will take on even greater significance as it will mark the 100th anniversary of his birth. And to commemorate this occasion, this is in line with the 2020 We Gatherin’ celebrations and his birth parish taking the spotlight, there will be a centennial celebration at one of the most popular viewing points – the Animal Flower Cave in St. Lucy and we certainly want to urge as many Barbadians to be a part of that activity,” he said.