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Regatta commodore salutes Sir Durward’s contributions

  • The legendary Bahamian icon Sir Durward Knowles is shown in this file photo. National Family Island Regatta Commodore Danny Strachan said that special thanks are due to Sir Durward for his generous financial contributions to the running of the regatta over the past six decades, the promotion of sporting activities and contributions in other areas in The Bahamas. TNG FILE PHOTO

Published: Jul 23, 2013

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The commodore of the National Family Island Regatta, Danny Strachan, said that on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the regatta, and the 40th anniversary of The Bahamas’ independence, the regatta committee wishes, again, to acknowledge the continuing existence of a Bahamian sailing icon in the regatta mix.

Commodore Strachan recently expressed special appreciation to Sir Durward Knowles for his generous financial contributions to the running of the regatta over the past six decades. Strachan said that over those years, Sir Durward, The Bahamas' first Olympic gold medalist, has donated millions of dollars both to assist in the promotion of sporting activities and in other areas of healthy social activities here in The Bahamas.

“Sir Durward Knowles has been especially outstanding in his interest in and donations to the sport of sailing in The Bahamas, and his many contributions have gone not only to assist in the provision of prizes for sailing champions, but also in the encouragement of younger Bahamians to learn and to compete in this national sport,” said Commodore Strachan.

Over the years, Sir Durward has been known personally to finance the building of boats for the use of regatta competitors, and in fact financed the construction of an E-class craft specifically for the training of young Bahamians who are expected to become future skippers.

The commodore said that whilst there are many persons and institutions, both locally and internationally whose generous financial contributions have on a continuing basis kept the National Family Island Regatta, the various other regattas and other social outreach programs afloat, special thanks are due to Sir Durward Knowles who has never hesitated to come forward and express his support by donating to the various activities.

The commodore expressed the belief that over time Sir Durward Knowles has personally been the most generous and outstanding philanthropist of all individuals, locally and internationally, here in The Bahamas.

“While it may be true that Sir Durward back in 1964 became the first Bahamian to capture an Olympic gold medal, that he has been an outstanding, world renowned sailing champion and that he continues even at his

advanced age to inspire and motivate thousands of Bahamians, to my mind Sir Durward's greatest and most attractive feature is that he is personally a man of integrity, and of caring,” said Commodore Strachan.

“In this year of The Bahamas' celebration of the 40th anniversary of independence, and when we in the National Family Island Regatta Committee have executed elaborate plans in celebration of 60 years of spectacular sloop racing, it is most fitting that in what is still the center of these celebrations should be a beloved Bahamian patriarch such as Sir Durward Knowles. Once again, we hail and celebrate him, and we pray that Almighty God will spare him to join with us as the sails are hoisted for the running of the next National Family Island Regatta,” said the commodore.

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