The All Abaco Regatta Summer Celebration is scheduled for July 21-27 and will launch with a church service at Change Ministries leading up to the event.
All Abaco Regatta Commodore Kevin Archer has stated that the purpose of the event is to empower and bring Bahamians together and to restore Abaco to what it used to be. He said that the All Abaco Regatta is just the beginning of what the committee is hoping to accomplish on the island as they plan to host other events.
This year is a great year to begin because as Archer pointed out, 2014 has been deemed, “The Year of Culture.”
The proposed Regatta Site is at the Green Turtle Cay Ferry Dock, and 30 boats are expected to participate in the sailing events. According to Archer, Bahama Fast Ferries has come onboard as a major sponsor to assist with the transportation of the boats to Abaco, and sailors will be well-accommodated and receive complimentary meals on various days.
It is expected that The Bahamian Brewery – makers of Sands Beer and Triple B Malt – will come on board as a sponsor for the Junior Sailing Competition. Additionally, Treasure Cay Hotel, Marine and Resort is offering free airfare for guests who book reservations of four or more days at their resort.
Events for the All Abaco Summer Celebration include a press reception for national, local and international media; sailing events for junior and adult sailors; a Junior Sailing School; cultural events; Beach Concert; a Food Fest on Nassau to promote Food Fest for Abaco; Junkanoo Rush Out; Karate Match; Step Show; Model Competition; and a Post Celebration reception.
Anastacia Dawkins, All Abaco assistant secretary, also suggested a Treasure Hunt called “6 Cays to Discover the Treasure” that will be similar to a scavenger hunt where participants find clues on Abaco’s various cays to find the ultimate treasure.
All Abaco Regatta events will take place in Sandy Point, Murphy Town, Green Turtle Cay and Treasure Cay to involve all residents and visitors to the island, and entertainment will be provided by Geno D, Colin McDonald, Jay Mitchell, Shane Cash as well as artists out of Nassau.
Sailing begins in July with the Junior Sailing competition followed by a Celebration Reception at Green Turtle Club to kick off the Adult Sailing Events. The top ranking winners will receive trophy cups aptly named after The Bahamas’ three Prime Ministers as well as a Senator’s Cup.
For more information, visit the All Abaco Regatta Facebook page.