If you fancy a January 2016 full of seriously fun racing and a nine day party in Barbados, this could be for you.

It may seem forever away, but Mount Gay’s 80th Round Barbados Series will be here before we know it.

It runs from 16-24 January and, if you’d like to chase the January blues away with some racing fun in the sun, the time to sign up is now.

It features three days of coastal racing, the Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race (the headline event), and the chance to contest a final 300-mile Ocean Race to Antigua to tie up with the Superyacht Challenge.

Mount Gay, Barbados

If speed is your thing, there’s a chance for teams to win their skipper’s weight in rum – the prize for the fastest time if any of the 14 Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race records are broken.

There will also be rum-fuelled parties, a visit to the Mount Gay Rum Distillery, and the chance to soak up the colonial-style Bajan hospitality at an exhibition polo match on lay day.

What a way to start the year.

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