The 32nd annual Valentine’s Day Massacre Regatta, held earlier this month, opened its first day of sailing at Montagu Bay with the junior sailors in action.
The young sailors hailed from the four local sailing clubs on the island of New Providence — the Nassau Yacht Club, the Bahamas National Sailing School, the Royal Nassau Sailing Club and the sailing club at Lyford Cay International School. A total of 35 sailors, of whom 10 were girls, took part in the junior races.
A partnership between the late Eleazor “Barber J” Johnson and the Bahamas National Sailing School began in 2004, when Jimmie Lowe and Johnson worked together with the intention of providing an opportunity for junior sailors to be able to participate in the annual regatta.
A total of six races were planned for each of the three fleets — optimist, sunfish and laser, but due to the winds (two to five knots), only four races were completed. The conditions were a challenge for all, but Coach Robert Dunkley said: “It is important that our youngsters learn to sail in all conditions, even though many regard the light air as very frustrating.”
At the end of the day, it was said to be a fun experience for the junior sailors.
In the optimist fleet, Kaemen Floyd finished first, Joshua Weech was second and Anton Gottberg placed third. In the sunfish fleet, Vano Rahming finished first, Jacob Martinborough was second and Benjamin Joseph finished third. In the laser category, Robbie Carey finished first, Morgan Grammatico was second and Tristan Eldon came in third.
Trophies were presented on behalf of the regatta committee by Trevor Johnson and Keith Brown Johnson, who manage ‘B’ Class sloop Lady Nathalie with the assistance of Dunkley, director of the Bahamas National Sailing School.
The regatta committee extends gratitude to the family of Johnson for their continued support of the country’s junior sailors.