The Bahamas Sailing Association is all set for a weekend of fierce Optimist competition at Montagu Bay.
Fifty junior sailors from Long Island, Governor's Harbour, Harbour Island, Abaco and Freeport have joined thirty from Nassau and are ready to compete for the coveted title at this weekend's Bahamas Optimist National Championship.
"I am delighted that this year's event has attracted so much interest. It's great to see the family islands so well represented and we look forward to welcoming their junior sailors to Nassau" said John Lawrence, President of the Bahamas Sailing Association that is staging the Championship along with the Nassau Yacht Club and the Royal Nassau Sailing Club.
"With such a high level of participation in this regatta, in addition to the boats supplied by the local clubs, we have borrowed extra Optimists from Lyford Cay, Abaco and Freeport" explained John.
Competition is expected to be exciting and close for the national honours, with last year's champion, Danny De Cardenas (RNSC) going all out to defend his title. The weather could well play its part this year with the current strong winds forecast to die down by the weekend. The Race Committee, who take charge of organizing the regatta hope to be able to stage seven races over Saturday and Sunday, starting at 10am each day.
The Presentation Awards Ceremony will be held at Nassau Yacht Club on Sunday evening.