The Bahamas lose a sailing legend. The Passing of Eleazor Johnson.
Affectionately called “Barber J” or “The Sailing Barber,” Johnson leaves dual legacies
…. He kept the community looking good, and brilliantly promoted Bahamian racing sloop regattas, making a lasting mark
Eleazor Johnson will be very much missed. His passing at age 80 in Nassau on January 16th leaves the many people that he mentored reflecting on his contributions. “The Sailing Barber” had a love for people, knew everybody, and was a big talker. He is no longer cutting hair at his barber shops, no longer promoting and organizing sailing, but his memory lives on.
Article by Leanne Lord and Jon Charlton, Photos by Jan Pehrson
Sailing our home to first place! — Star sailors do battle again after 35 years, this time racing cruising catamarans…
Once again we sailed our 46 foot Leopard catamaran, Lord Charlton, to Great Exuma, Bahamas for the 39th Annual George Town Cruising Regatta, Feb. 13 - 27. With over 270 boats in the harbor this is the place to be for 2 weeks of nonstop competitions and events going on every day. It is like being at a camp for adults.
We were looking forward to racing the “Round Stocking Island Race” on Friday Feb 22 and the “In Harbor Race” on Sunday Feb 24. But it was the Round the Island Race we were really geared up for.
.... 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.
The 3rd edition of the Best of the Best Regatta was held December 6-9 on Montagu Bay in Nassau, Bahamas. The event is the final competition of the 2018 season and featured racing in the A, B and C Class boats. Photo Essay by Jan Pehrson
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.
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.”
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."
“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.
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to anyone whose Facebook account has not been hammered with postings about an alleged, illegal, computer-driven hydrofoil-stability system aboard Oracle Team USA. Once these things get loose, you can’t kill them.
The 34th America’s Cup between defender Oracle Team USA and challenger Emirates Team New Zealand, hosted by the Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco, CA. Racing in 2013 on September 7-25, with the first team to 9 points deemed the winner.
Team New Zealand dominates challengers. As we enter the final rounds of the Louis Vuitton Cup, continuing through August 30, 2013 in San Francisco, Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) is dominating the field of three America’s Cup challengers.
The 34th America’s Cup is not your grandfather’s yacht race. The oldest trophy in international sport, the America’s Cup was first contested in 1851 and pre-dates the modern Olympics by 45 years. This year’s format for “The Cup” – the oldest trophy in international sport – departs radically from the past.
Jan Pehrson published a dozen travel articles in International Living Magazine when she was in Auckland, New Zealand -- The City of Sails -- photographing the 2003 America's Cup. She wrote about all things water -- sailing, beaches, hot springs -- and the occasional attraction on land