Regatta Time in Abaco is once again planning its 2014 series of races and social events. This will be the 39th consecutive year for bringing hundreds of visitors to the island. The races will begin on the 3rd July and continue through July 10th. The five races will begin in Green Turtle Cay and will continue through Central Abaco to end in Marsh Harbour on the 10th.
The summer Regatta Time In Abaco sailboat racing series began is 1976 with three days of racing off Marsh Harbour. Over the next few years it expanded to its current five-race series and is held over the American and Bahamian Independence holidays. Its primary focus is for cruising sailboats although there is a special class for the serious racers.
Winter resident and renowned ocean sailor Bill Pascoe became the Race Chairman in 1979. His stature and knowledge from racing in the American SORC series took the Abaco Regatta to international recognition. The Ministry of Tourism has been a patron of the Regatta since 1981 when it recognized the potential for expanding marine tourism on Abaco.
The races are held on the waters off different towns from Green Turtle Cay to Hope Town. The event is designed so that several towns and resorts are the beneficiaries of the event. The entrants and the large number of followers are exposed to a variety of towns while experiencing the cruising area in protected Abaco Sound. The event, also known as Race Time In Abaco, has been a mainstay of Abaco’s summer marine tourism.
The entrants pay to participate in the races and the trophies are authentic bronze sculptures by renowned Abaco sculptor, Peter Johnston and are coveted by the racers. Besides the publicity Abaco gains from these boaters, the economy sees a surge in revenues.