Regatta site will be named after ‘King’ Eric Gibson
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Jul 27, 2013
According to Rev. Philip McPhee, when ‘King’ Eric Gibson calls and decides to put on a regatta, skippers turn out in great numbers to support the legendary skipper.
McPhee said this year’s Acklins Regatta is no different as a number of boat owners and sponsors have launched their support behind Gibson. The Acklins Regatta will take place in Spring Point, Acklins, August 1-4. The regatta site will officially be named after Gibson on Friday, August 2.
He said: “It is an honor to have a place named after you. Acklins will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you to the sponsors, Craig Flowers, Peter Nygard, Lloyd Smith and others who have assisted me. The sailors who have always come when I call and sail.”
The regatta will feature boats in the A, B and C-classes. More than 15 boats will compete in all three classes. Gibson, a native of Acklins thanked Flowers who is also a son of the soil. According to Flowers, Gibson can call on him anytime and he will lend his support.
Flowers said: “When it comes to King Eric it is a special treat for me in particular because we come from so far back. King Eric has been a friend of my father and certainly my family for many years. So when King Eric takes on these boat races as commodore, it is a success in all. My company sponsors a great deal of these events and the reason I am here today is because it is Acklins, and I know it is very special because it is our hometown. Being a friend of the family, our company will continue to do its endeavor best in this entire embarking that King Eric has. We will continue to support him.
“Acklins to us is special. It is our homecoming and a chance for the family to get together. Our company is really privileged to be the sponsor, and we feel special.
“It is an honor and my pleasure for me to be sitting beside him and being invited to such a huge undertaking. We enjoy being a part of this and will continue to be in support.”
According to McPhee, it will be a celebration in Acklins during the Emancipation holiday weekend. McPhee said the accomplishments of Gibson should be highlighted and encouraged other regatta committees to do the same, for their special skippers.
McPhee said: “This year, we are really elated because it centers around an icon in sailing and a person who has done so much for sailing. King Eric Gibson will be honored in a very unique way. This accomplishment is a great one for a Bahamian, giving him his flowers while he is still alive and he can appreciate it.”