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Third kayak challenge scheduled for November

  • These paddlers are shown on their return trip to Pete's Pub & Gallery during Abaco's 2nd Annual Kayak Challenge last year. COURTESY OF EVENT ORGANIZERS

  • TAKING THE CHALLENGE: Paddlers are shown embarking on a kayak challenge during Abaco's 2nd Annual Kayak Challenge last year. The third annual event is set for Saturday November 9 at Pete’s Pub & Gallery in Little Harbour, Abaco.

  • PADDLE BOARD: These paddlers are shown from a stand up position during Abaco's 2nd Annual Kayak Challenge last year.

Published: Jun 21, 2013

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The Abaco Cancer Society and Friends of the Environment are working together to present Abaco's 3rd Annual Kayak Challenge on Saturday November 9 at Pete’s Pub & Gallery in Little Harbour, Abaco. Based on the first year’s success with more than 50 paddlers participating in inclement weather and an even more successful second year with 80 paddlers, both organizations are hopeful that the kayak challenge will continue to grow in 2013.

One of their focuses this year will be to try and ensure a higher presence of paddlers from other islands. To this end, a commitment has been secured from Bahamas Ferries to run the ferry service from Nassau to Sandy Point, Abaco to accommodate the paddlers. There will be a discount of 25 percent per person and 20 percent per vehicle. However, the catch is that they will require a minimum of six vehicles and at least 40 individuals.

“We must have the minimum requirement by October 1, so advance registration is a must. We are also happy to assist with queries regarding accommodation and will assist with transport of crafts to Little Harbour,” sand an event organizer. “Any craft you can paddle will be welcomed, including kayaks, paddle boards and canoes – just no engines.”

There will be three courses to choose from – three miles, eight miles or 15 miles – that will take paddlers into and through the scenic tidal creeks of the ‘Bight of Old Robinson’, which is included in the proposed East Abaco Creeks National Park. Support boats will be on hand to assist paddlers, make sure they stay on course and provide water and snacks. Paddlers will be welcomed back with a beach party at Pete’s Pub featuring a local band. Friends of the Environment and the Abaco Cancer Society are seeking business sponsors to support the event. Interested persons can send an e-mail to sasha.fair@gmail.com. The public could also find more information about the event on the Friends of the Environment's website: www.FriendsoftheEnvironment.org, on the Friends of the Environment’s Facebook Page or under the facebook event 3rd Annual Kayak Challenge.

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