Harold La Borde – Inducted 2010

 In Hall of Fame

Harold La Borde was arguably this country’s premier long distance sailor and adventurer. He first made headlines when, as a young man, he sailed with two friends to Grenada in a Rebel, an 18-foot open deck dinghy. In 1960, he sailed to England with his wife Kwailan and friend Buck, on Humming Bird, a 36-foot ketch he had built himself.

Between 1969 to 1973, Harold became the first Trinbagonian to sail around the world, with Kwailan and son, Pierre, on the 40-foot Humming Bird II, another home built boat. For this adventure, the La Bordes were awarded the nation’s Trinity Cross. From 1984 to 1986, Harold, Kwailan and Pierre again circumnavigated the globe on their 55-foot yacht Humming Bird III, this time in the difficult east about direction via cape Horn. Two more trans-Atlantic voyages to Spain were made in 1992 and in 2000.  Harold passed away in 2016.

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