Possibly the largest beach party to be held annually in The Bahamas, Bobb and Patricia Henderson’s Stranded Naked Cheeseburger in Paradise Party took place on July 3 – the official party to launch the Regatta Time in Abaco (RTIA) races.
Leading up to the event, continuous thunderstorms and heavy downpours throughout the week left many to wonder if the 39thRegatta Time in Abaco (RTIA) races would take place much less the Cheeseburger in Paradise Party.
Miraculously, though, the weather cleared to reveal a clear but slightly overcast day with another record attendance of approximately 1,500 boaters that day.
Of course, Bobb and his team were ready for the large crowd – the majority of whom were residents of North and South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Canada.
In store for their long line of guests were 1,500 Bubba burgers; 90 turkey burgers; 600 hot dogs, 600 pounds of French Fries; and 100 gallons each of rum punch and margaritas. Gallons of Kool-Aid were reserved for the children with hoopla and limbo contests open to children and adults. A Sands Beer booth with beer samples was a new addition to the party.
“I am so, so grateful for the hospitality of the Abaconian people for allowing our pilots to come here to enjoy your wonderful country and wonderful hospitality and services,” he boasted. “We’ve got pilots here from as far away as Texas and some from New England and these are first-time flyers to The Bahamas and every one of them are enthralled with how nice it is here, and how friendly the people are, and of course how beautiful your waters are.
“And what more can you say about this Strand Naked Party that is open to the public? It’s just a wonderful thing. That’s what the Flying program is all about – we have introduced pilots to wonderful world of Bahamian flying and Bahamian hospitality.”
Bobb was also grateful to all sponsors particularly Bristol Cellars, Green Turtle Club and Bahama Beach Club as well as Brian and Jacqueline Albury of Abaco Imaging.
“I would like to say a big thank you to them because they contacted me, and said they would print banners for these people for giving products and money to make this party happen. They are the reason that we do have this amount of people here today, and all of the products and other sponsors.”
Those who attend the party regularly commented on how truly amazing it is for Bobb and Patricia to organize such a huge event all in the name of welcoming visitors to our shores for a week of leisurely sailing, festivities and fun.