J24 Worlds 2009-Day 1

Barbados Flag Today is the first Day of the J24 Worlds 2009 in Annapolis, MD. It’s a typical Annapolis spring day with winds at 080 from 10-15 knots, temperatures in the low 60’s and spitting rain. The fleet is headed out near Thomas Point for the racing. We are working with Team Barbados and are watching and supporting them from a Protector 22 all week.  Barbados has two teams here for the event and this is the first year their country has qualified for the Worlds. Both teams are sponsored by Mt. Gay Rum, Cinnamon 88 and the The Four Seasons. Hawkeye is being skippered by Robert Povey and Maximum is skippered by Colin Symes. The teams are not quite used to the weather here and we had to find them some more long underwear to go with all of their new SLAM gear. Should be some good racing today with 82 boats registered and great conditions. We’ll be updating on Twitter throughout the regatta.