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Grand Bahama Regatta and Heritage Festival is UNDERWAY
Jul 19, 2014 - 10:52:58 AM

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The Grand Bahama Regatta and Heritage Festival takes place at Taino Beach on July 18th and 19th. 

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. 

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.

Activities will get underway on Sunday, July 13th with a dedication service at St. Nicolas Anglican Church in High Rock at 10am. Those who require assistance with transportation may take a bus which will leave from Solomon's parking lot in Lucaya departing at 9:00am.


OFFICIAL SCHEDULE

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

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. Bahamian recording artist, Stileet has been confirmed to perform on Friday evening.

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 Committee is still seeking sponsors to further enhance the event. Benefits include transportation to Skipper's Party, Sailing Boat Cruise, access to VIP look out tower, company logo / banner on Regatta website.
Businesses or persons interested can reach the committee at grandbahamaregatta@yahoo.com or call 242-225-1106.

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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Get ready for Wilfred Solomon, D-Mac, Veronica Bishop and Stileet!


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