Submitted by Karen Bain
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Grand Bahama Regatta Committee is putting the final touches on their upcoming 16th, Annual Regatta under the theme “Catch the Wave,” scheduled for June 17th to 20th, 2010 at Taino Beach.
Co-Chairman Mr. Harold McPhee has invited Administrator Don Cornish in the Office of the Prime Minister to Co-chair this years’ Regatta. Administrator Cornish who is no stranger to the Regatta world served as Chairman of the Abaco Regatta and brings a wealth of experience and new ideas with him.
The Grand Bahama Committee has heard the cries and concerns of the public regarding the lack luster feeling attendees got; the GB Regatta Committee will transform Taino Beach the sites, sounds and aroma will make you feel like you are on a out Island.
The Committee will feature an exhibit to educate the public on Regatta’s and Boat building produced by Committee member Mr. Canard Bethel. The exhibit will move to different locations throughout the Island.
In an effort to further bring awareness to our young people regarding the Regatta, a banner competition has been added to encourage aspiring young Art Students in the Junior and Senior High Schools to create a winning designs with the “Catch the Wave” theme in mind. Cash prizes will also be awarded.
Battle of the Bands pre-fundraising event will be held on Friday 11th, June 2010 at Jack Hayward Gymnasium commencing at 8:00p.m. Local Marching Bands will be invited to compete and a special invitation would be extended to the Farm Road Marching Band to participate. Cash prizes and the Regatta floating trophy will be awarded to the winning Marching Band.
The Grand Bahama Regatta Committee will open with a Worship Service of thanks giving (Church to be announced) on Sunday 13th, June 2010.
The four (4) day Regatta will start with a float parade on Thursday 17th, June 2010 throughout the streets of Freeport commencing in the Parking Lot of the Government Complex ending on Taino Beach. The evening air at Taino Beach will be filled with the melodious voices of the ever popular Grand Bahama Youth Choir under the Direction of Mr. Kevin Tomlinson. The Grand Bahama Youth Choir will perform in a free concert entitle “Sounds of the Islands”.
Friday 18th, June Opening Ceremony and Youth Talent Explosion from 8:00p.m. to 11:00p.m.
Saturday 19th, June “Now Das Bahamian” featuring Deep South Island Boyz, Staleet, K.B, Matrixx Band and Swingers Junkanoo Group. Noon until
Sunday 20th, June Special performances by winners from Battle of the Bands 3:00p.m. Until
The Grand Bahama Committee is encouraging all Bahamians to be come out apart of this years Regatta “Catch The Wave.”