|When? May 3 | Event? Regatta | Venue? Bahrain Yacht Club
Hit the beach for a full day of exciting races, games, off-shore activities and a BBQ party this summer.
As the summer settles in and the temperatures soar, cool off and participate in all kinds of competitive water sports. Mark your calendar as the Bahrain Yacht Club (BYC) opens its doors to the public once again for the 2013 edition of the Annual Spring Regatta.
Split into two age groups, juniors and seniors, regatta-goers can expect stiff competition this year as the ‘open for all’ event brings out the top racers on the island. A number of races will be held during the course of the day with the adults categorised under cruiser division one, cruiser division two, multi hull, open dinghies, laser picos and laser full and radial.
“The junior group with an age limit of up to 18 will battle it out for top spots on dinghies in the laser picos and laser full and radial classes,” explains BYC general manager, Willem Peach.
Each category has three top winners as well as an overall top three title for the juniors and seniors. Trophies and prizes will be given out to the team skippers and crew. Every junior sailor will receive a certificate.
“Events like these create a fantastic atmosphere at the club with competition, camaraderie and a great deal of bantering among the participants. Younger sailors learn skills which will be with them far into adulthood. It can create healthy competition, especially amongst the youth,” continues Willem.
With no team format in this particular regatta, each boat will race as an individual entry with the crew having up to five members, depending on the boat. The event not only caters to sporting enthusiasts. It is great fun for a family day out, offering all kinds of activities.
Kids can enjoy a host of fun games, jumping castles and competitions that could win them a tonne of prizes. A water trampoline and slide in the bay area is open to all.
To cool down after a hot competitive morning and the award ceremony, guests can enjoy the Hop Festival organised by BMMI followed by the live performance by a Bahraini reggae band. Add the barbecue set-up and bonfire at the beach to the equation and you’ve got the most happening evening of the month.
“It’s basically a fun day for the whole family, where there is something to do for each age group. If you are new to Bahrain and sailing is what you love to do, this is a good venue to meet other families and make friends,” Willem says.