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Barbados in January

Aerial Photo Courtesy of Above Barbados

If it is January in Barbados then chances are a wind sport may be on your agenda.  January heralds the start of the sailing season for the year with the annual Mount Gay Round the Island Race Series. It is also the time of year when the windsurfing and kite surfing mecca at Silver Sands comes alive with visitors from the world over looking for the right combination of warm water, reliable steady trade winds and seemingly endless days.

Whether you’re following the regatta as it hosts a series of offshore races along the south and west coasts, or your planning a full island expedition on the day of the Round The Island Race, having access to a car is the only way to go. Having the freedom to take in the action from various vantage points, and take advantage of the best locations for close proximity to shore allows the casual enthusiast and the hardcore salty dog to maximize their enjoyment.

If you’re here to enjoy a more personal interaction of wind and water, then being mobile is what you are going to be all about during your stay.  With a variety of wind and sea conditions available off of each coast of the island, wind and kite surfers can take their pick of locations for an exciting expedition. While the jump off point is likely going to be centred around the Silver Sands/Silver Rock area, you can be sure that your vacation will not be complete without a spacious car or SUV to meet your needs.

In this, the 79th Anniversary year of the Round the Island Race, faster hulls and more skilled crews were able to overcome the lighter than normal wind conditions to set or establish a couple of records in key classes within the fleet.  The staggered start and varied hulls in competition meant that there were close duels to be observed from every vantage point around the Barbados coastline, culminating in close finishes for much of the fleet.

While the competitive element may not be there in the windsurfing and kite-surfing scene during January, the friendly rivalry of travelling friends and training professionals makes for memorable vacation experiences for all levels of practitioner.  Daily excursions and nightly jaunts to Oistins and surrounding night spots are the hallmark of the action sports vacation. There are some who reckon that the best way to see Barbados, is to be looking in from just offshore.

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