The 28th annual St. Valentine Regatta took place last week at Montagu Beach on Valentine’s weekend. February 14th, is the day for love, and many Bahamians and tourists alike braved the cool weather to be with the beer they love - Sands Beer - and to watch the great Bahamian sport of sloop sailing and the return of Truly Bahamian sculling.
The E Class sloop sailing races began at twelve noon on Saturday and participating boats were Blue Bird, High Rock, Strong Back, Sands, Lucayan Tropical, Sands Light and Ole Faithful. Emerging victorious were winners Blue Bird, skippered by Steven Rolle, followed by High Rock, skippered by Corey Knowles. Placing third was the Strong Back, skippered by Clayton Bain, with the Sands Sloop easing into fourth, skippered by Sheldon Gibson.
Sunday all roads led back to Montagu Beach for the much anticipated first sculling races of the 2015 season, as well as the sailing ‘Catch Me If You Can Race’. The sailing races started at 2pm with Ed Sky, skippered by James Wallace, Running Tide, skippered by Martie Fox, Lady Nathalie, skippered by Clyde Rolle, Red Stripe, skippered by Lundy Robinson, Lady Muriel, skippered by Brooks Miller, Rupert Legend, skippered by Don Knowles, Southern Cross, skippered by Joshua Green and Good News, skippered by Wycliffe Albury.
With the race in progress the crowd grew to see which skipper would emerge victorious. Lady Nathalie was in the lead for most of the race when suddenly Ed Sky, skippered by Captain James Wallace, came out of nowhere to win the race with Running Tide, Lady Nathalie and Red Stripe finishing second, third and fourth place respectively.
The sailing races were a great appetizer for the main sculling race and once the sailing races were done all eyes were on the shoreline to watch the Sands ‘Man in The Boat’ Sculling Race. After four heats, including an all-female heat, the winners were Luda Nester in first place, Steven Rolle in second place and Josh Green taking third.
According to the organizers this year’s regatta was extremely successful with thousands of spectators coming out to enjoy the weekend. The next stop for the Sands ‘Man in the Boat’ Sculling Race will be in beautiful Elizabeth Harbour, Exuma, at the National Family Island Regatta in April.
The Bahamian Brewery and Beverage team has been working tirelessly to revitalise the sport of sculling in The Bahamas and the success of the St. Valentine sculling race is proof their efforts are working. The Bahamian Brewery and Beverage team hopes to see everyone at the next sculling race and encourages everyone to visit them on Facebook to see sculling photos and to try their hand at sculling the boat.Created by:Barefoot Marketing