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Boats arrive for Grand Bahama Regatta: July 18th &19th
By The Bahamas Weekly News Team
Jul 18, 2014 - 10:46:43 AM

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Regatta boats arrive into the Port Lucaya Marina on the morning of July 18th for the Grand Bahama Regatta (Photo: TheBahamasWeekly.com)

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Freeport, Bahamas - Boats have arrived for the Grand Bahama Regatta and Heritage Festival which will be held this weekend at Taino Beach on Friday, July 18th and Saturday, July 19th. 

While sailing and racing is going on at sea, Taino Beach park will be buzzing with activity. The Heritage Committee is busy planning to ensure that there will be ample native food, entertainment, and activities such as plaiting the maypole, etc., as well as arts and crafts on display.  Confirmed is Wilfred Solomon, Stileet, Veronica Bishop, and D-Mac. The event will be MC'd by The Mighty Pencil.

Participating  'C' class boats participating:

1. Sweet Island Gal
2. Revelation 3:19
3. Asue Thunderbird
4. Melva B
5. Barbarian II
6. H2o
7. Lady Ruthnell
8. Unca John
9. Dream Girl
10. San Sally


The Regatta will host 'C' class sloop sailing on July 18th and 19th off Taino Beach. There will be junior sailing, sculling, and races.
 

Under the leadership of committee chairman, and new Freeport City Council Chairman,  Chervita Campbell, the team is determined to make this year's Regatta the best ever, and the entire Grand Bahama community is encouraged to get involved and support the continuance of a sloop sailing regatta for the island. 

--  SCHEDULE OF EVENTS --


FRIDAY JULY 18th:

Boats Arrive into Freeport


11:00am – 3:00pm (GBSC)Jr. Sailing
(GBSC)Jr. Sailing Grand Bahama Sailing Club will host Summer Campers at Regatta.

• Races will be coordinated by Grand Bahama Sailing Club

• GBSC Summer Camp Instructors will be responsible to campers

• Grand Bahama Regatta will have T-Shirts, booklet & pre-sales for Party Boat

• D.J. will be set up for announcements

• Games: Dominoes

• Food vendors available

4:30pm – 5:30pm 1st  Class Race

• Race will be coordinated by Stafford Armbrtister, Joel Greene, Christopher Wallace

6:00pm – 7:30pm Skipper’s Party, Outriggers, Smith’s Point

• This will be coordinated by Chairman and Treasurer

• Sailors will be wrist banded for accountability

8:00pm – 8:45pm Opening Ceremony, Outrigger, Smith’s Point

• Opening will be private

8:00pm – until Showtime on Taino Beach

• Bahamas Dance Theatre singing selection (30 mins)

• Wilfred Solomon & Band – 9:00pm to 10:00pm (estimated)

• Stileet 10:30 – until

• D.J. will perform in between acts Bahamian Culture music


SATURDAY, JULY 19th

10:00am – 11:30am 1st Class Race

• Race will be coordinated by Stafford Armbrtister, Joel Greene, Christopher Wallace

• Grand Bahama Regatta will have T-Shirt, & Ticket booth for Party Boat

• Day host provided & (DJ) on shore activities

12:00pm – 1:30pm Instructors Laser Race

• Sailing race will be done by Instructors from Grand Bahama Sailing Club

2:00pm – 4:00pm 2nd Class Race

• Race will be coordinated by Stafford Armbrtister, Joel Greene, Christopher Wallace

• Grand Bahama Regatta will have T-Shirt, & Ticket booth for Party Boat

• Day host provided & (DJ) on shore activities

5:00pm – 6:00pm ‘Sculling’ Competition

• Competition will be conducted by Bahamian Brewery

8:00pm – 9:30pm Awards Presentation & Closing Ceremony, Taino Beach Park

9:32pm – 10:00pm Junkanoo Rush Out

10:30pm – until SHOWTIME

• Limbo Dancing – Bahamas Dance Theatre
• Veronica Bishop
• Fire Dancing
• DMac

*This is a projected schedule, this might change due to weather or other unseen reasons.

OTHER ACTIVITES

• Hoopla
• Sack races
• Beach Volleybal

Party Boat during sailing of races $10.00 per person for the day - space is limited.

The history of Bahamas regattas dates back to 1954 when a group of Bahamian and American yachtsmen held an event in Elizabeth Harbour which brought sailors together in one place for sport. The three day event was so successful that they decided to continue it and the Out Island Squadron was born. This group of Americans and Bahamians continued the regatta in George Town thereafter until 1967. It was in 1973 that the regatta was held in Nassau as a part of the Independence Celebrations. Today annual Bahamian regattas are held throughout the archipelago. Grand Bahama held its first regatta in 1992 and it was introduced as a constituency event.
  More history on regattas in The Bahamas HERE.

This event could not be possible if it were not for the valued sponsors and partners who have stepped up to lend a hand.  Thank you to Polymers International, Grand Bahama Port Authority, Grand Bahama Cooperative Credit Union, Fran's Travel & Tours,  Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce, Grand Bahama Ministry of Tourism, TheBahamasWeekly.com, Triple Play, and Island Jeep & Car Rental.

The general public can keep up with all the 2014 Grand Bahama Regatta and Heritage Festival developments and announcements at the Facebook page (GBRegatta), or via the event's media partner, TheBahamasWeekly.com.

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Regatta boats arrive into the Port Lucaya Marina on the morning of July 18th for the Grand Bahama Regatta (Photo: TheBahamasWeekly.com)


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Regatta boats arrive into the Port Lucaya Marina on the morning of July 18th for the Grand Bahama Regatta (Photo: TheBahamasWeekly.com)


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Regatta boats arrive into the Port Lucaya Marina on the morning of July 18th for the Grand Bahama Regatta (Photo: TheBahamasWeekly.com)




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