Ministry provides funds for Farmers Cay Regatta
The Hog Tusk will have to sail a near perfect race if it wants to retain the title of the fastest C-class sloop competing in this year’s Rev. Leon Bain Farmers Cay Regatta.
Boat owners such as Rev. Dr. Phillip McPhee and Cecil Smith said that they are ready to dethrone the Hog Tusk and sail away with the overall title. The popular regatta is in its 13th year. The first race will get underway on Friday in Farmers Cay, Exuma. The regatta will be held over two days and will host about 14 C-class sloops. Boats will compete in the Ocean Race and a three-race series.
Smith, a member of the organizing committee, is encouraging Bahamians from all around the country to come out and see some of the fastest C-class sloops compete. Some of the top boats which will be competing are the Asue Draw Thunderbird, Hog Tusk, the Bulla Reg, Splashie, the Sweet Island Gal, It’s Magic, the Fugitive and Barbarian. The regatta is being sponsored by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture as well as Frank Hanna. Committee members include commodore of the regatta Alfred Rolle, Eddie Bain and Frank Hanna.
McPhee said: For 13 years we have been having this regatta and it has been a tremendous success and help to the Farmers Cay community. In fact, all of the surrounding cays have benefited. Expected in this regatta are about 13-14 C-class sloops coming from all areas of Exuma and Nassau. It is promising to be a very exciting regatta. Last year Hog Tusk won, but we are looking to dethrone that sloop this year. There will be major skippers and sailors looking to take the title away from the Hog Tusk.”
Both McPhee and Smith believe that the regatta brings economic benefits to the community in a very special way. As a result, special thanks was given to the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard and all who have contributed in the organization of the event.
Smith said the economic benefit should be around a quarter of a million dollars. He also revealed that about 120 yachts and sailing boats are expected to dock in the harbor, and about 600 persons are expected to be watching from the shore.