The week long Regatta Time in Abaco 2015 kicks off with the the Stranded Naked Cheeseburger in Paradise Party scheduled for July 3rd, followed by races at Green Turtle Cay, Gauna Cay, Marsh Harbour and Hope Town and a post party at Pete's Pub in Little Harbour. This fun week of sailing in the Abacos of the Bahamas is especially exciting as each race has a different course, a mix of traditional Olympic triangular courses, point to point courses, and courses taking sailors around the islands. The varying courses create challenges to the crews such as wind variables, tides and depths as the courses race around the beautiful islands of the Abacos. The camaraderie and friendly rivalries formed every year is difficult to describe and can only be experienced to be fully appreciated.
Regatta Time in Abaco (RTIA) sailboat racing, is a week long sailing regatta opened to any seaworthy cruising sailboat, 20 feet in length or longer with amateur skippers and crew. The Race Committee encourages sailors to participate in the race series, no matter what their experience level. To that end, there are four general classes for the RTIA: The RITA fleet, designed for race boats with full sails and spinnakers, the PHRF fleet, designed for race boats without spinnakers or specialty sails, the multihaul fleet for cruising multihaul sailboats and finally the cruising class, called the "Mother Tub" fleet especially for cruisers and less experienced racers. Please see the Race instructions for more information about the races and eligibility requirements.
3rd July- Cheeseburger Party at Fiddle Cay, Green Turtle Cay
Registration at Green Turtle Club at 6:00pm
4th July - Race 1 - GTC - Street party at Settlement Point - Cash Bar
5th July - Layday - Party at Coco Beach Bar at 3pm - Pig Roast, beach games
and free bar at 6pm.
6th July - Treasure Cay to Guana Cay Race 2 - Party at Guana Grabbers
7th July - Layday - Street Party at the Crossing Beach with awards for sailors and giveaways
8th July - Marsh Harbour to Hope Town Race 3 - Party and Awards at Hope Town In and Marina
9th July - Hope Town Race 4 - Final Awards party at Abaco Inn
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Sailboats and their crew from the Bahamas the United States and from around the world, are already gearing up for the Regatta Time in Abaco 2015 - the 40th Anniversary. This summer's week of sailboat racing is already heating up to be the best week of sailing in the Regatta's 40 year history. Mark your calendar now for July 3rd through the 9th for this week of exciting sailboat racing and incredible parties all in the beautiful islands of the Abacos in the Bahamas.