Southwinds Magazine, Best of the Best Regatta

.... water and land come together into a true Bahamian experience broadcast live on TV

Sailed in Montagu Bay, Nassau, Bahamas from December 6-9, the Best of the Best Regatta crowned a new champion in the A, B and C classes of Bahamian sloop sailing with the New Legend, Susan Chase and New Slaughter winning in their respective classes. The 3rd Best of the Best Regatta was the first regatta broadcast cannon to cannon on local television, drawing the largest Bahamian TV audience of any programming including NFL football. Thousands of spectators came out to watch unique Bahamian sailing and enjoy the sights and sounds in the Regatta Village.

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Southwinds Magazine, Is the Tide Turning for Tida Wave

A generations-old island rivalry rises-up in the Bahamian out-islands  .. as sloop sailors from Exuma fight to retain their lead against the “Long Island Boys” and other challengers.

I have always wanted to sail in the Bahamas -- a chain of about 700 islands winding nearly 750 miles off the coast of the United States and Cuba, about 30 or 40 inhabited.

Legendary among sailors is the jewel-like archipelago of the Exuma island chain, arguably the best sailboat cruising grounds in the world….

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Southwinds Magazine, Secrets of Riding the Pry

Secrets of “Riding the Pry” Revealed – Pry riders are not your average rail meat! Better pay attention to what’s going on – or you will find yourself swimming!

The most spectacular of my regatta photographs are of “riding the pry” – crews sitting on the pry boards, perched one behind the other, high over the water, feet dangling in the air, with nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing to hold onto but the plank they sit on, smiles on their faces. From a distance, pry riders appear to be hanging on with their buts for dear life, but when closely viewed through my telephoto lens, many   --- amazingly -- appear cool, calm, and collected while rocketing through space over water.

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Scuttlebutt - Celebrating the sport in the Bahamas - May, 2018

While design development in sailing continues to leap forward, what remains unchanged in our sport is the community which surrounds established class organization. These types of boats may not deliver the latest performance experience, but the bigger picture brings together history and comradery.

Said Aristotle, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

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The Bahamas Investor Magazine July-December 2017

Photos of Bahamian Racing Sloops by Jan Pehrson -- click "Read More -->" below to see ... 

In the Fall & Winter edition of The Bahamas Investor, Michele Thompson (cover), country managing partner at EY Bahamas, highlights the strength and versatility of the archipelago's financial services sector and adds that EY Bahamas is "on a fast track to growth." 

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Southwinds Magazine, Catch Me If You Can Regatta

“Catch Me If You Can” Regatta in Nassau – Fast and Fun and Chaos!  A day in the life of a Bahamian Sloop Racing Committee Chairman

“What’s that shotgun doing on the race committee boat?” I wondered. More than a little apprehensive, I calmed my nerves and climbed onto Stafford Armbrister’s power boat.

Armbrister, commodore and race chairman of the “Catch Me If You Can” regatta held in Nassau on February 19th, picked me up at the dock a bit late. He’d stopped by the bank first to pick up the prize money for the winning skippers, and -- as he needed bills in small denominations -- this took a little time.

Let me explain.

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Southwinds Magazine, First Annual Bahamian “Best of the Best” Regatta

First Annual Bahamian “Best of the Best” Regatta – The Best Bahamian Racing Sloops and Skippers sail off in Nassau December 1-4, 2016

I arrived at the “Best of the Best” Regatta by blind luck. At 2 AM on a dark and moonless Saturday morning, November 26, my friend Captain Ken and I left Biscayne Bay, Florida under sail for the Bahamas on his Morgan Out Island 36 sailboat, Slowpoke.

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Southwinds Magazine, 62nd Annual Family Island Regatta, Georgetown, Exuma, Bahamas

Continuing the 62-year-old Tradition – the National Family Island Regatta of the Bahamas, April  21-25, 2015

For people growing  up in the  Bahamas  in  the  old days,  sailing  was  not  a pastime but a way of life. On the  outer  islands  and  small cays sailing was the only transportation. Out of this environment, outstanding sailors and boat builders developed.

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CupInfo all about the America's Cup, San Francisco, USA 34th Defense, September 2013

CupInfo.com is THE SOURCE for America's Cup News. Here archived in one place are links to all 34th America's Cup racing sailed on San Francisco Bay in 2013. First top photo by Jan Pehrson. This is the America's Cup remembered for foiling 72 foot catamarans flying through the air. All results, rules, boats, facts, live broadcasts, teams, analysis of race data, articles, books -- all found here.

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