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Scotiabank supports junior sailing

Junior races to start tomorrow at National Family Island Regatta
  • Pictured from left are Clyde Rolle, Vice Commodore of the National Family Island Regatta Committee; Leah R. Davis, Senior Manager of Marketing and Public Relations for Scotiabank; and Wycliff Albury, owner of the Good News, defending Long Island Regatta Champion. Scotiabank has come on board to support junior sailing at this year’s National Family Island Regatta in George Town, Exuma. Photo courtesy of LEAH DAVIS

Published: Apr 27, 2012

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“Scotiabank is pleased to support over 15 junior sailing teams set to sail in beautiful Elizabeth’s Harbour during the National Family Island Regatta in Georgetown, Exuma, this weekend,” said Leah Davis, senior manager of marketing and public relations for Scotiabank. “As a part of the Georgetown community for over 40 years, we recognize that regattas are an important aspect of Bahamian culture and a sporting tradition that provides significant support to the Family Island economies and communities. We are privileged to be community partners with Georgetown.”

Clyde Rolle, vice commodore and race Coordinator, expressed gratitude on behalf of the National Family Island Regatta Committee:

“On behalf of the regatta committee, it's a pleasure to accept this sponsorship from Scotiabank. We are extremely grateful for your annual support of this important sporting cultural tradition and particularly pleased that you have chosen to support our junior sailors.”

Rolle, also chairman of the junior program, explained that the junior races will be held on Saturday, April 28 beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Sheldon Gibson, junior sailing coordinator, explained that this year a new class of sail boats will be launched, the E-class, designed especially for the juniors. Instead of using the C-class boats, it is hoped that eventually all juniors will captain these boats, which are rigged and designed suitably for the junior sailors. Gibson stated that there is a growing interest in junior sailing with a lot of new sailors expected to participate this weekend. The Scotiabank Junior Skipper Award will also be awarded to the winning junior team at this weekend’s regatta.

According to Rolle, official races began on Wednesday, with the C-class race, the Commodore Emeritus Cup race; the B-Class race, the Governor General’s Cup race; and the A-Class race, the Prime Minister’s Cup race. The races will conclude on Saturday, and the awards ceremony, featuring a presentation by the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) Band, will commence at 8 p.m.

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