Local Bahamian Snipe sailors will compete against crews from nine different countries - including the USA, Italy, Spain, Norway, and Uruguay - in the Snipe Class International Racing Association (SCIRA) organized event. Nearly 35 boats have already registered to participate in the regatta, which the BSA expects to encompass seven separate races over a seven day period.
While the weather can play an important role in the competition, regatta organizer and committee member, Jimmie LOWE, said that most sailors enjoy these international events no matter what the weather brings.
'All the sailors come to win the races, and Montagu Bay offers such fantastic conditions for racing, with crystal clear water and usually good wind,' LOWE said. 'But a lot of international sailors love the Bahamas equally because of the warm welcome they receive from everyone they meet here. It's not difficult to get them to come back.'
The Snipe Class sailing boat is a 15 and a half foot, two person racing dinghy originally designed by William CROSBY in 1931. It has evolved into a modern, tactical racing dinghy, with active fleets around the world, including Fleet #391 in Nassau.
The World Masters Championship is reserved for Snipe sailors ages 45 years and older, and is divided into the Apprentice Masters Division (45-54 years old), the Masters Division (55-64 years old), and the Grand Masters Division (65 years and older). The top three finishers in each division will receive awards, and the World Masters Championship Trophy will be awarded to the overall top skipper and crew.
Races on Montagu Bay are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, 3-4 October, and Friday and Saturday, 6-7 October.
Sponsors for the event include Templeton Global Advisors Limited, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Bristol Wines and Spirits, Bacardi and Co., Starbucks, and Millionair Jet Centre.