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Farmer’s Cay regatta deemed a success

The 21st Annual Farmer’s Cay Regatta and Festival held in honor of the late Eleazor “Barber J” Johnson was said to be a time of great fun, sailing and socializing, as the visiting boaters, sailors and natives came together.

Administrator Preston Cunningham commended the Farmer’s Cay committee, namely Aldred Rolle, Cecil Smith, Derek Moxey, Eddie Bain and Ingrid Nixon, for a successful and incident-free event.

Member of Parliament (MP) for Exumas and Ragged Island, Chester Cooper said that he had a great time and was delightful to be there over the weekend. He said that the festival is good for the economy, and expressed hope that next year he will able to stay for the duration of the regatta.

“We appreciate our sailors and I will continue to support the regatta now and in the future,” he said. Cooper congratulated the students of Farmer’s Cay All-Age School from kindergarten to grade three who were all winners in the recently held writing competition.

Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources Michael Pintard reflected on the life of Johnson and his contribution to local sloop sailing, and spoke of many of the sailing icons, past and present, including the late Sir Durwood Knowles and the late Ervin Knowles, who contributed to the development of regattas throughout the length and breadth of The Bahamas.

“Bahamians are as talented as many all over the world,” he said. Pintard said they are committed to making sloop sailing the national sport of The Bahamas, and congratulated the local committee lead by Chairman Alfred Rolle on the success of the regatta this year. He pledged the government’s continued commitment and support of regattas in the country. Pintard then challenged the committee, along with MP Cooper, to host a dynamic junior regatta in the Exuma Cays.

The unstoppable Whitty K, skippered by Stephon Knowles of Mangrove Bush, Long Island, won all four races and was this year’s overall winner of the ‘C’ Class regatta. Finishing second was Keep Your Eyes On Him skippered by Leslie “Buzzy” Rolle and the Lady Eunice finished third.

The event climaxed with a Junkanoo rush-out.

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