There was the Sir Durward 100 Regatta held last weekend, which featured sloop sailing. What showcased out of the regatta was something quite bleak; that the sailors were unable to come together and work towards a common goal. Many might point out to the organizers and race committees, but the truth is that the sailors are the ones riding the waves and can make or break a race.
This race was a sad one as participants were being asked to come and participate; race officials were assisting in towing and rigging functions. This was indeed ridiculous as the race committee should not have to do such tasks, but simply ensure that the rules are being followed. The organization of the committee was also poor and communication was not adequate; there were supposed to be 31 boats in the water, but half of the boats did not show up for participation; the debate is probably between the organizers as well as the participants.
The competition that is organized in memory of Sir Durward showcased poor showmanship or spirit of sailing among competitors. The weather conditions on the day of the races were bad; as a result the sailing started with a three hour delay. The sloop sailing enthusiasts do lament about the techniques involved and how these need to be changed, but before fingers are pointed, it is imperative that the sailors themselves work hard at any race that is organized. There were several participants from the Nassau Yacht Club who comprised of young sailors. Many feel that the fact that the National Family Island Regatta Committee was in charge of the regatta and that there was no prize money involved, it probably took the wind out of most eager participants. This was definitely a downer for those who were looking to participate seriously.