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National Family Island Regatta

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Event Dates: April 25, 2017 - April 29, 2017

About this Event

This event is held each year during the last full week of April. It originated in 1954 with the main goal of preserving the boat-building skills of Bahamian sailors. The tradition has continued, and today it is one of the oldest regattas in The Islands of The Bahamas. Bahamian sailors from every major island in The Bahamas compete for the honor of being named the very best of the best.

Rules dictate that boats must be designed, built, owned and sailed by Bahamians, using materials that preserve the traditions of the early boat-builders as much as possible. Sailing fans from all over The Bahamas and the world gather in George Town's beautiful Elizabeth Harbour to enjoy the five days of sloop sailing. Classes A to E boats compete in Cup and Series races to win an overall trophy.

On-shore activities include fashion shows, beauty pageants, games, art exhibit, live music, dancing, and lots of scrumptious Bahamian food.

Admission Fee (if any)


Participation Requirements (if any)

With prior permission, anyone can participate by being a sailor on one of the sloops; but by rule, the skipper must be Bahamian.

Accessibility Notes: There is easy access for persons with mobility impairments.

 Pet Friendly Notes
Pets are allowed but should be leashed.

For More Information, Contact:

Mr. Ken McPhee
, EX
(242) 524-0865

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Latitude: 23.500000000
Longitude: -75.716667000
Elevation: 0 FT (0 M)
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