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Regatta Sloop Sailing Competition #1
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Regatta Sloop Sailing Competition #1

Sailing is one of the main Bahamian pastimes; it is a time when natives and tourist flock to Montague beach to watch, local sloop sailing competition, at it's best.

For the reader to appreciate what this sport is all about, it's important that you get a feeling of the place, where the event is being held.

Montague beach and fort Montague, enjoys the same site. It purpose was for the protection, of the eastern entrance to Nassau harbour.

A beautiful park sits next to the beach, landscaped with date palm, and assortment of coconut and sea grape trees. These plants provided, a valuable shade, which allow visitors to relax in peace, and enjoy the majestic scenery of luxury homes to the north, on paradise island and homes of the same calibre on the mainland on the southern side.

The park has a carpet of green grass that offers a tempting invitation to lie down and take a nap. There are benches placed around the park painted in floral tropical colours and placed in areas, for visitors to sit and enjoy the pristine evergreen environment.

During the early 1800, when major powers of the world, were laying claim to new colonies, pirates attack and plundered these towns, and stole ship loaded with gold,silver and treasures headed for the mother land.

Economy

These events are known to draw large crowd, and 20,000 - 45,000 visitors, can do a lot to improve the life style of vendors in Nassau and the family islands, who depends heavily on these event to boost their economy.

For the tourist sampling native cuisine, is an experience that they will not quickly forget. Dishes like crab 'n' rice, conch salad, fried fish, potato bread, cassava bread and corn bread are just a few of what are sold at these event.

Sloop Racing

To really appreciate sail boat racing, you have to learn the rules, or spend a lot of time around these competition. I am going to explain as simple as possible, what happens when you visit a race, you will have a better understanding of what is taking place, besides seeing boats sailing, turning left or right around a buoys, does not give you the satisfaction and interest of what is really happening.

Let us assume that you are driving a car, and you want to turn left, but there is another car in the inside lane who wants to turn left also, the car on the inside has the right away, we use the British concept of street rules, in the U.S.A., you would turn on the right side.


Street Talk

Dear Heather, The first thing is to take a tour on a calm day, you will enjoy this experience, you will go back for more, and then your real learning experience will begin.

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  about 1 decade ago

I don't know the first thing about sailing but sitting by the water and watching the world go by does appeal.

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  about 1 decade ago
Lemuel  

Great article, Alfred. I have the feeling that you have participated in sailing competitions before. Great event and the way you described the place of competition, it's really an excellent place for the tourists to visit, enjoy the place, sailing competition, and the native cuisine.

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  about 1 decade ago

Dear Lemuel, Thanks for your comment, appreciate your kind words.

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  about 1 decade ago

Great article Alfred, have done a lot of Hobie sailing in my day with plenty of regattas on inland waters as well as sea racing. It is a wonderful sport requiring a fitness level way beyond me now. I sail now for fun with the family and my son is a good sailor learnt from his Dad. Enjoy the sport. All that food also sounds great.

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  about 1 decade ago

Dear Rob, now you are frightening me, my next articles in this series must be perfect, or else you will let me know.

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  about 1 decade ago
Barbara9  

very nice article, Alfred

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  about 1 decade ago

Dear Barbara9, Thanks for your comment, you are really on a role, with all those new articles.

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  about 1 decade ago
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