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Sculling races take Abaco by storm

Fox wins overall title; Levarity 2nd; McIntosh 3rd

Published: Jul 25, 2013

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TREASURE CAY, Abaco — Bahamian Brewery and Sands Beer held its “Man in the Boat” Sculling Races for Abaco in Treasure Cay, Abaco this past weekend. Bahamians from all islands came to Abaco to participate in the event. The sculling races were preceded by a motorcade on Friday to stir up excitement for the next day, and got Abaconians enthused for the sculling that was to come.

The sculling began Saturday morning. The first set of races were the Junior Class sailing, followed by E-class, and the final event was the much anticipated Abaco sculling races.

“We had a wonderful time in Treasure Cay, Abaco, we truly enjoyed the day. It was good to see locals from throughout Abaco enjoying the day, and indeed enjoying a great Bahamian event,” said Lynden Johnson, sales and marketing manager at Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Company. Johnson also wanted to thank the Abaco community for their assistance with the sculling races.

“Special thanks to North Abaco local district – Mr. Gary Smith of the Abaco District Council and his office, including the Royal Bahamas Police Force.”

Mallory Sands, of Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Co., presented the trophies to the junior winners. Everyone was thrilled that young Bahamians participated in the sculling races as it’s a sport that hasn’t been prevalent in recent years. For the Junior Class, Thomas from New Providence won first place, Bessie from Hope Town was second and Jeremy and Melissa, from Hope Town, finished third. In the E-Class, Stafford Patterson, of Abaco, took first place, Keith Brown finished second and Steven Rolle was third. The final races for the Abaco sculling event were at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Finley Cox in the Sands Boat won the Sands “Man in the Boat” sculling races, Willis Levarity was in the High Rock Boat and placed second, and Wellington McIntosh was in the Sands Light Boat and was third. Cox will be traveling to Grand Bahama later this year to participate in the Sands “Man in the Boat” Sculling Championship of The Bahamas. At the championships, he will compete against other winners from the other islands.

The Sands “Man in the Boat” races have already taken place at the St. Valentine’s Day Regatta, the Rock Sound Homecoming, Earth Day at Governor’s Harbour, the National Family Island Regatta, the Long Island Regatta, the Sands Beer E-Class Regatta at Montagu, and now in Treasure Cay, Abaco. The next Sands “Man in the Boat” sculling races will take place in West End, Grand Bahama, on August 24, and is highly anticipated. Many people are excited to bring back the sport of sculling that was once very popular with Bahamians.

James ‘Jimmy’ Sands, the president of Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Co., has been on a crusade to bring back the sport over the past year. He said: “We’re trying to revitalize the sport of sculling, which has been lost over the years. It's wonderful to see this traditional crewing being enjoyed so much."

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