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Regatta Sloop Sailing Competition #5
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Regatta Sloop Sailing Competition #5

The Southern cross, who led the race in the A - Category from the first lap, was overtaken by the Running wave, a boat owned by Cassius Moss. Moss told Barber Johnson that "he would like to increase the bet, to an acre of land in Crooked Island worth $50,000.00." The barber looked at Moss, smiled, and said "the bet is to rich for me". Moss shouted back, "you are a chicken," the large group of spectators, laughed at moss comment.

Second Buoy going into the second lap

After completing the turn on the second buoy and heading toward the third buoy at Dick's point, the chase boats, had her in their sights, and were closing in fast, she started with an advantage of about four miles, but had lost much of her gain, she was now down to two miles.

Barber Johnson and his supporters began to worry, but were still full of spirit, as the Lady sailed toward the starting buoy, the crowd roared, the distance that separated them was now, one and a half mile. Johnson shouted to his captain, " put the pressure on them, they can't catch you."

The Lady Nathalie had just finished the second lap, and was on her last lap to complete the race. But as she sailed toward the second buoy to the eastern entrance of the harbour, the larger A class boat were gaining fast.

After reaching this buoy and heading toward dick's point, they were only two hundred yards in the rear, as she passes this buoy the Running wave was hot on her heals, only a hundred yards separated them.The captain with the most experience will win this one.

As they drew nearer to the end of the race. The racing Chairman placed the second buoy to the side of the starting buoy, forming a gate for the winner to pass through. In the last few minutes of this race, everybody was on the beach, cheering nobody was sitting down, all bettors were worrying, nobody knew who would win.

The boats were now very close, the Lady Nathalie and the Running wave were only separated by a boat length, then half a boat length, a quarter boat length, and then it was over.The Lady Nathalie winning by the tip of her bow. The racing chairman blew his horn, this race was over.

Music began to play loudly, and smiles on faces could be seen everywhere, supporters hoisted the barber on their shoulders. The barber told Cassius, "I told you, that with the lead I had, you would not be able to catch me", Moss shouted back, you were just lucky."

The results of the race were as follows:

1 st Lady Nathalie 33 points

2nd Running Wave 32 points

3rd Southern Cross 31 points

4th Lady Muriel 30 points

5th Running Tide 29 points

6th Good News 28 points

7th Red Stripe 27 points

8th New Courageous 26 points

9th Tide Wave 25 points

10th Ed Sky 24 points

11th Anna Nicole 23 points


Street Talk

I too like your writing Alfred

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  about 1 decade ago

Dear Shawn, Delighted to hear from you, thanks for your kind words.

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  about 1 decade ago

Dear Christopher, if you ever decides to want to live near the coast in my country, let me know. Thanks for your comment.

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  about 1 decade ago

I'm enjoying your style, Alfred--makes me wish I still lived near the coast!

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  about 1 decade ago
Barbara9  

very nice article

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  about 1 decade ago

Dear Barbara9, Thanks for your comment.

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  about 1 decade ago

I have read all Regatta articles and found them really amusing.Thank you!

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  about 1 decade ago

Dear Maria, Delighted to hear from you, and appreciate your amusement.

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  about 1 decade ago

Great article Alfred enjoyed every minute of it and felt the excitement of the finish,, thank you...

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  about 1 decade ago

Dear Rob, The finish was exciting to me also, thanks for your comment.

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  about 1 decade ago
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