On July 27, Bahamian Brewery & Beverage Co. (BBB) held its 2nd Annual Sands Man in the Boat Sculling Championship on Treasure Cay Public Beach.
The event began at noon with fun and entertainment, and the sculling races kicked off at 5 p.m. Sands Beer offered all day beer specials, delicious Bahamian cuisine and live entertainment with MC Frankie Fleuridor and guest artist Geno D and New Entry Band in attendance.
This year, there were many participants, and in the women’s competition, Gwen Baillou from Blackwood captured the winning title. The men put up a good fight keeping their balance and getting into the rhythm of sculling to steer their boats around the buoy and back to the shoreline.
In the midst of the competition, some of the participants went far off course, and had to be towed back in, some came close to falling overboard, and there were some minor collisions – all in the name of enjoying this popular Bahamian tradition. The crowd was a tough one – erupting into raucous laughter each time there was a mishap.
While all participants received a case of beer for their efforts, the top three winners were: Skeeter Rolle in first; Fernley Cox, second; and Thomas Kelly, third. All three received trophies, Rolle was awarded 10 cases of Sands beer, eight cases went to Cox; and Kelly received six cases. Rolle will also travel to Nassau in November to compete in the Sands Man in the Boat National Sculling Championship.
Last year, Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Co. made a generous donation of computers to the Cooper’s Town Township Library and Community Lab.