The Abaco Rage Sailing Syndicate (ARSS) fared well at the George Town, Exuma 63rd Annual National Family Island Regatta May 36 through 30 with third place in two classes, including a win in one of the B Class races.
The ARSS crew pulled off a third overall in the C Class which competing in ‘It Ain’t Right’ – a seventeen foot sloop that takes a three to five man crew – in a pool of 36 boats.
In the B Class, with a pool of fifteen boats, the twenty-one foot ‘Lonesome Dove’ with a crew of seven to eight, scored a win in the second race on Friday, April 29, and captured third place overall at the end of the week. “Always nice to have a win!” Stafford ‘Captian Plug’ Patterson said.
He noted that the ARSS sailed the ‘Southern Cross’ (a boat that belongs to a friend in Nassau who could not get enough crew together for Regatta) in the A Class to a seventh overall finish among a group of nine boats. He said “she needs some TLC and some new sails.”
Captain Plug said that “now we set our sights on the 49th Annual Long Island Regatta which takes place June 2 through 4.” He said that the ‘Lonesome Dove’ is the defending Champion in B Class having won the Long Island Regatta in 2015.
Exuma’s 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.