The Sands Beer E-Class Regatta was held at Schooner Bay on August 3rd where sailors from Nassau and Abaco raced in a fun competition despite looming thunderstorms nearby which were followed by the Sands Man in the Boat Sculling Races.
His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes, GCMG, Governor General of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and Lady Foulkes were Honourary Regatta Commodores.
Placing first in the E-Class sailing event was Charles Kelly and Malina Sweeting, sailing in the Sands Light Yacht. They were followed by the father and son team of Tim and Brandon Sands, sailing in the High Rock Yacht. Coming third was Matthew McCoy, Ella Wieder and Blakley Wilson, sailing in the Sands Yacht.
The Sands Man in the Boat Sculling Race was won by Mr. Albert Russell of Schooner Bay in the Strong Back Yacht, while the Junior Boys was won by Brandon Sands, and the Junior Girls was won by Rachel Sands.
The wind was strong for the start of the races, held at Schooner Bay, Abaco, last week.The Regatta and The Sands Man in the Boat Sculling events were facilitated by Schooner Bay, Mr. Craig Symonette and The Sands Man in the Boat Racing Team.
George Kelly, Regatta co-ordinator for Sands Company, said that they started with just sculling races and it developed into sailing races. The company now hosts sailing and sculling races on several family islands and are seeking to keep our boating heritage alive.
Mr. Kelly said “It’s been a good regatta. The E-Class has been increasing – there’s two more keels laid right now and they are planking them in Nassau and there’s another four on order. So it may be that next year at this time we will have fifteen to sixteen boats.”
He added that there is some talk and it may be that they will bring the National Championship back to Abaco before the end of the year instead of Grand Bahama.