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|**Party In The Backyard** - Briland Regatta 2007|
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|Posted by:||Oct 3rd 2007, 03:30:51 pm|
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|Posted by:||Oct 3rd 2007, 02:35:42 pm|
|Fig Tree News Team||NORTH ELEUTHERA REGATTA TO DETERMINE BOAT OF THE YEAR
By Gerrino Saunders
Fourteen of the country's top skippers on the fastest 'A' and 'B' sloops will be jockeying for a final position in the race for Boat of the year at the 18th North Eleuthera Regatta set for October 9-13 in Harbour Island.
"The final regatta should see some very keen competition because all of the sloops that will compete are in contention to win the BAHAMAR Boat Of The Year Award in their respective sailing class," revealed McPhee.
In the A-class the Good News, is ahead of the pack, followed closely by the Silent Partner and the Red Hot Thunderbird.
In the B-Class the Ants Nest has a one-point lead over the Eudeva, and in third behind the Eudeva is the Ansbacher Queen.
"When I spoke with Lydia Durham, Chairman for the North Eleuthera Regatta Organizing Committee she indicated that all seems to be in place for a successful regatta including the onshore activities, and they are preparing to host thousands of Bahamians and tourists that will descend on North Eleuthera just for the regatta," said McPhee.
The North Eleuthera sailing finale' is being sponsored by the Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture to the tune of 30-plus thousands dollars to help defray the costs of hosting the event.
"The Minister of Sports has done a tremendous job making sure that this final regatta is a success and we look forward to having a tremendous time in Harbour Island," said McPheee.
The barge that will take the sloops to Harbour Island is scheduled to leave on the night of Wednesday October 10th.
"We want to leave on Wednesday night so that when the boats can arrive in Harbour Island on the 11th before the sailing competition begins on Friday October 12th, and that way the sailors will have an opportunity to enjoy the skippers party on Thursday night," explained McPhee.
"After having some issues last year, this time around the Durham and the organizing committee have put a lot in to ensure that sailors will be treated with dignity and with honour and not just be rushed in and rushed out, but taking some time to enjoy the festivities, and then get ready for some serious sloop sailing to close out 2007 in grand style," said McPhee.
Once the sailing season has been completed and the points from all of the major regattas added up, the sailors will dress in their finest for an evening of recognition they all look forward to, because it is one of the few moments they are truly recognized for their commitment and love for the sport.
The organization of the awards show will be spearheaded by 'King' Eric Gibson and the sports ministry is also expected to assist with the award show where the owners and crew of the top sloops win huge cash prizes which they often use to make repairs, build new sloops and celebrate victory.
McPhee said that sailing is fun but it is also hard work and the award show is a chance for the country to show its appreciation to those sailors that are the heart and soul of economic engine that family island regattas have turned into.
North Eleuthera Regatta
Tuesday October 9th: Stalls open on Bay Street
Wednesday October 10th: Church service
Thursday October 11th: Sail Boats Arrive and skippers party.
Friday October 12th: Official opening, first day of sailing A & B class boats.
Saturday October 12th: 2nd day of sailing.
Sunday October 13th: sailing, closing ceremony, live show.
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