2014 George Town Cruising Regatta

Every year since 1980 volunteers have organized the cruising regatta.  Regatta is more than just a sailboat race.  Yes there are big boat races, small boat and kayak races, as well as many other events including beach golf, scavenger hunt in dinghies, recreational and regulation volley ball tournaments, soft ball, kids’ activities and much more.  Oh, let’s not forget the great parties.  Regatta opens each year with a variety show featuring both cruisers and Bahamians. 

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The opening of the variety show with the Bahamians kids version of Junkanoo.

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The cruisers version of the Blues Brothers.

Below is the schedule for this years regatta.

George Town Cruising Regatta

 34th Annual Regatta

 Theme: Back to the Bahamas”


Date

Time

Event

Location

Friday, 2/21/2014

10:00 a.m.

Registration

Chat N’ Chill Beach

 

2:00 p.m.

Skippers Meeting

St. Francis Resort

 

5:00 p.m.

Opening Night/Variety Show

Regatta Park, GT

Saturday, 2/22/2014

11:00 a.m.

Race # 1

Elizabeth Harbor

 

5:00 p.m.

Post Race Party

St. Francis Resort

Sunday, 2/23/2014

11:00 a.m.

Race # 2

Elizabeth Harbor

 

5:00 p.m.

Post Race Party

Palm Bay Resort

Monday, 2/24/2014

11:00 p.m.

Race # 3

Elizabeth Harbor

 

5:00 p.m.

Post Race Party

Chat-n-Chill

Tuesday, 2/25/2014

9:00 a.m.

Beach Golf

Ocean Beach

 

1:00 p.m.

Small Boat Races

Hole # 1

Wednesday, 2/26/2014

10:00 a.m.

Coconut Challenge

Hole # 1

Thursday , 2/27/2014

10:00 a.m.

Regulation Volleyball Tournament

Volleyball Beach

 

1:000 p.m.

Children’s Activities

Volleyball Beach

Friday, 2/28/2014

9:00 a.m.

Bocce

Volleyball Beach

 

1:00 p.m.

Scavenger Hunt

Volleyball Beach

Saturday, 3/1/2014

9:00 a.m.

Fun Volleyball Tournament

Volleyball Beach

 

6:00 p.m.

Closing Ceremony/Dance

Volleyball Beach

Sunday, 3/2/2014

6:00 p.m.

Softball

Town Field 

One of the most enjoyable events for me was the kids’ coconut boat race.  The kids, with some help, build small boats to race downwind.  The use of coconuts for the floatation is preferred but any material is allowed.   The sails could be material from an old pair of shorts, a t-shirt, plastic garbage bag or any other material that is excess on the boat.  Some of these boats sail quite well, for others there is always next year.

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Building the boats using high tech coconut cutting.

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My favorite!

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All the boats ready to race.

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And they are off….

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A square rigged trimaran.