Acklins Regatta

Acklins regatta to offer second biggest paying purse in the country.


Released Saturday, by Shavaughn Gordon-Moss



By SHAVAUGHN MOSS

NG Sports Reporter

With a $20,000 purse up for grabs, the August Acklins Regatta is now the second biggest paying regatta in the country.

Offering $5,000 for a first place finish in Class A, $3,000 in Class B and $2,000 in Class C, the Burns House Regatta will be sailed August 2 and 3 in Spring Point, Acklins, and the lucrative purse is enticing the sloop sailors.

Up to yesterday, three A Class boats had already registered to compete, the Sea Star, Thunderbird and Lucayan Lady. But Bahamas Boat Owners and Sailors Association commodore, Eric "King" Gibson, who is also a member of the Acklins Regatta Committee said they could accommodate up to five boats in the class.

Queen Drucilla, Bahama Life, Barbarian, William Auto and Heatchcliff were the B Class registered. But the association could accommodate up to eight, and six C Class boats had already registered.

In addition to the purse, offered by Al Collie, Burns House will also offer $3,000 in the name of Ole Nassau rum in the A Class, $2,000 in the name of Gilbey's in the B Class and $1,000 in the name of Smirnoff in the C Class.

But the Andros Regatta is still the money leader in the country with a whopping $10,000 purse for first place alone.

"We have a lot going for us for this regatta," said Gibson of the event which is also sponsored by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, and is one of the seven races on the calendar this year from which points are garnered toward the prestigious Boat of the Year honours.

The Acklins Regatta, which started out with only C Class competition, over the past 20-years grew to accommodate B Class boats and eventually the A Class.

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