PRESS RELEASE: With just 4 weeks until the first race, the Mango Bowl Regatta for 2017 organizing committee is well under way with finalizing this fantastic event. In its 6th year and hosted by the St Lucia Yacht Club, sailing takes place on November 25 -26 with the Skippers’ briefing on November 24th. The course will be set out in the picturesque Rodney Bay and around Pigeon Island to Cariblue Beach. With expectations set to receive 25-30 boats from neighboring islands: Martinique, Barbados, St. Vincent and Grenada plus hopes for others this year. Among the various classes, J24/ Surprise, Racing and Cruising, the total number of sailors can reach well over 150.
One of the new initiatives for 2017 according to Regatta Director, Lily Bergasse, takes on environmental cause and keeping the oceans clean. Mrs Bergasse stated, “This year we have partnered with Sailors for the Sea a world leading conservation organization and its Clean Regatta Program. The program aims to engage, educate and provide assistance to organizers of events which take place on our waters to help with its campaign of healing the oceans and seas.” From online paperless registration to partnering with local businesses and sponsors providing reusable items such as water bottles, bags/totes, plus recycling efforts at both St Lucia Yacht Club as well as IGY Marina, this will be the commencement for a Clean Regatta for future events.
With many local and regional companies concentrating support on relief efforts to other islands in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, St Lucia Yacht Club is grateful to both longstanding sponsors and newcomers to this annual event. The BodyHoliday has increased their stakes in this annual event. Dive St Lucia, another main sponsor that often partners with St Lucia Yacht Club, as always provides necessary support both on and off the water. IGY Rodney Bay Marina, another group working year round with St Lucia Yacht Club, has offered support by land and by sea. Other sponsors, Island Water Worlds, Johnson’s Marine Hardware, Saint Lucia Distillers, Windward and Leeward Island Brewery, Cafe Ole, Cariquisine and Tropical Shipping. The committee is looking forward to bringing more organizations and companies onboard.
The Mango Bowl Regatta has something for everyone! Not only will spectators be able to view the races from the St Lucia Yacht Club, there’s great food and cold drinks available too! Plus nightlife as the prizing giving socials on Saturday and Sunday allow participants and spectators to mix-n-mingle.