Regatta Time in Abaco, a series of sailboat races, successfully held its 42nd event from June 23 - 29, 2017. This event brings sailors as well as hundreds of land-based visitors to Abaco who enjoy the races and shore parties held nightly at various resorts in several towns. This is Abaco’s largest tourism event and takes visitors from Hope Town in the south to Green Turtle Cay in the North.
The Abaco Rage Sailing Syndicate (ARSS) brought the National Family Island Regatta Championship back home to Abaco. Over four exciting days of sailing in Exuma, the ARSS crew piloted the C-Class “It Ain’t Right” and B-Class “Lonesome Dove” for a combined eight Top-2 finishes.
The 26th Annual Homer Lowe Memorial Regatta was held March 25-26 in Hope Town, sponsored by the Abaco Rage Sailing Syndicate and Hope Town Junior Sailing. The event attracted 28 sailors from six different islands and cays, including Grand Bahama and New Providence.
Cruise Abaco has announced that Captain Raymond Lowe successfully completed the American Sailing Association’s Instructor Certification Programme.
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 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.
White sails slowly come into focus on the horizon. The sound of waves slapping the hull and the flap of canvas in the salty breeze increases as the boat sails closer. The hull hums as it cuts through the water with ease as the Abaco dinghy tacks upwind through the islands. Sunshine and windy days on the Sea of Abaco make the perfect combination for sailing.
Branden Sands of Cherokee Sound won a double championship title at the 11th annual Bahamas Optimist National Championship, which was held October 16-18 in Elbow Cay. Sands took first place in the Championship Fleet Red Class and first place overall, the first Abaconian to achieve this feat in the 11 years of the race taking place.
Right on the heels of the first day of summer in Abaco and spread between the American and Bahamian Independence Days came the 40th Annual Regatta Time in Abaco (RTIA) bringing together about 50 boats from The Bahamas and around the world to compete in a series of races starting in Green Turtle Cay and ending at Hope Town.
Branden Sands of Cherokee Sound, a 15-year-old student of Forest Heights Academy, is preparing to meet the next challenge in his remarkable young sailing career. In 2013 he competed against hundreds of junior sailors in the North American Optimists Championship in Bermuda and then in the World Optimist Championship in Lake Garda Italy. This year he will be competing between August 9 -21 in the Cork International Regatta and then in the Laser Youth Radial World Championship in Kingston, Ontario.