Photos by Lise Gula via facebook
Saturday June 19th was a fantastically windy day, perfect for the 20th annual fool's regatta. The event commenced at noon and soon after the three classes of racing were under way; Hobie Cats, local sloops, and the always entertaining, raft race! The turnout this year was fantastic, even the US Coast Guard made an appearance in a dramatic demonstration. The history of this tradition was begun on April 1, 1990 with a multi hull sailing race from Sopadilla Bay to Pine Cay for a drink pit-stop, then a return jaunt back to Sopadilla Bay. What started as "foolish fun" ten years later took a more noble cause when the event began to act as a fundraiser. To date the regatta has put more than $300,000 back into the community on behalf of chosen charities. Traditions of locally built sloops, Big Boats, and home made rafts have gained momentum over the years, as has the Tug-O-War competition. Kids and adults alike are invited to participate in this great beach party; spectators will have plenty to eat, drink, and do regardless of if they are intent on boarding any of the above vessels. The organizer, David Douglas of the good ship Atebeyra, was quoted this year in the Weekly News, "To be in it's 20th year is an amazing achievement and what this event does so well is bring together people from all corners of the community for a fantastic family day in the sun." I couldn't agree more, in the sun AND in the sea, that's what you call a great day in the Turks and Caicos Islands!
The categories include Best Trick, Best Looking Female, Best Looking Male, Most Original Potcake, Looks Most Like Owner, Cutest Tail, Best Time in the Obstacle Course, and Best in Show. This hugely popular fundraiser not only has warm and fuzzy entertainment appeal, but plenty of fun for all ages including face painting, raffle, craft sale, and a surprise appearance. If you were unable to attend but would like to contribute to the cause, you may make a donation online here.