The Abaco Rage Sailing Syndicate (ARSS) is set to compete in one of the Bahamas’ oldest Regattas in George Town, Exuma starting April 26 through 30, and will compete in three classes.
Exumas Family Island Regatta is five days of sailing featuring Bahamian native sloops – Classes A, B, C, D, and E. Some 60 native sloops from all over The Bahamas gather at Elizabeth Harbour to take part in various Series and Cup Races. This tradition started in 1954 and today it is one of the oldest regattas in The Islands of The Bahamas.
The ARSS carried three boats to Exuma including B Class: Lonesome Dove 21′ 7 to 8 crew; C Class: It Ain’t Right 17′ 3 to 5 crew’ and A Class: Southern Cross 28′ 8 to 14 crew.
Stafford “Captain Plug” Patterson noted that the Southern Cross boat “belongs to a friend from Nassau, we have sailed it a couple times in the past as we will this time because they could’nt get enough crew together for Regatta. Has great potential to do well.”
He said that there twelve sailors – nine men and three women. It will be a long day for some of the crew as they will sail in all three classes.
There is one race per class per day and a total of four 4 races in the Regatta for each Class. The first race is a non-points race, and the Regatta winner will be determined by best score of the other three races.
Capt. Plug said that “In A Class we will be up against the likes of Tida Wave, Lady Muriel, Running Tide, Ruperts Legend, Red Stripe; Guessing there is ten class A boats here.”
“In B it’s Susan Chase, Eudevia, Lady Sonia, Cobra, Tari Anne. Should be about twelve boats. In C we have the Whitty K, Bull Reg, Beerly Legal, Sweet Island Gal there will be about 35 C boats.” He said.
He said that the weather report looks great, with winds 10-12 knots and “no squally weather.”
“We, the Crew (ARSS) are really excited about our chances this year, enthusiasm is high and so far everything is going smoothly,” he said.