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Branden Sands from Abaco beats the odds; wins Optimist National Championships held in Abaco waters
Written by Lori Lowe   
Thursday, 05 November 2015 07:36

ABACO, The Bahamas -- Hailing from the tiny settlement of Cherokee, Abaco, Branden Sands and his younger sister Rachel showed their more experienced big city rivals from Nassau just how to do it. The only youth sailors in their tiny settlement, Branden and Rachel largely train in a bubble of their own on Cherokee Sound with their father coaching them but without the benefit of being able to train with other sailors on a regular basis. When possible, their parents make the 40 minute trek with them to Marsh Harbour and send them on the ferry to Hope Town, Abaco's only active junior fleet with experienced coaches. The perseverance of both he and his sister and the extensive encouragement of their parents Tim and JulieSands is commendable.

Truly impressive is that with the exception of attending a number of regattas and training sessions in Nassau in the past two years, Branden has trained with no real competition save that of his sister. Racing in big fleets requires skills sets very different than those that can be learned while training with only one partner. Branden showed that he learned his lessons well during his various forays out of Abaco.

In a fabulous event held for the first time in Abaco hosted by the Hope Town Sailing Club and delayed from it's original October 3-5 dates by Hurricane Joaquin, 15 year old Branden won a closely fought battle to emerge the clear winner over four time National Champion Spencer Cartwright, who took second and Tristan Eldon third, both from Nassau. In a fleet of 30 boats Top female finisher was Melisha Higgins of Harbour Island in sixth place overall. Branden's sister Rachel topped her age group of 11-13 year olds and finished 11th overall. Noah Simmons of Harbour Island took top honors for 8 to 10 year olds. Top in the 19boat Green Fleet for first time competitors was Joshua Weech from Nassau.

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HE Rhoda Jackson tours S. C. Bootle High School in Abaco during Diplomatic Week
Submitted by BIS   
Thursday, 22 October 2015 07:28

COOPER'S TOWN, Abaco -- Permanent Representative of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland, Her Excellency Rhoda Jackson tours S. C. Bootle High School in Cooper's Town, Abaco, on Monday, October 19. Ms. Jackson, pictured third left, is currently in The Bahamas to participate in activities commemorating the Second Annual Diplomatic Week (October 18 -24) of the Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, which is a forum to strengthen and deepen bilateral relations with some 70 countries. (Photo/Courtesy Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

 
Abaco Fly Fishing Guides Association spearheading reconstruction fund to assist fellow guides in the southern Bahamas
Submitted by Cindy Pinder   
Thursday, 08 October 2015 06:55
ABACO, The Bahamas -- The Abaco Fly Fishing Guides Association (AFFGA) is spearheading a RECONSTRUCTION FUND to benefit fly fishing guides and the accommodating establishments that cater to fly fishing anglers that lost their ability to make a living because of the destruction in the Southern Bahamas from Hurricane Joaquin.

AFFGA is working with world-wide industry members and partners to raise funds and has organized a Bahamian Advisory Board to help get the word out to those affected. The board will help gather relevant data regarding the requirements of those in the affected areas who are in need of assistance to rebuild their fly fishing businesses.

Once an assessment of the specific needs of the individuals affected by the storm are known AFGGA will reach out to our partners who may be able to help fulfill their requirements in order to alleviate some of the pain of the rebuilding process. Your donations may pay for materials and equipment or be awarded as cash to recipients based on need.

Anglers and Industry partners, we need your help to make this happen!

You may make donations via PayPal at www.affga.org Please indicate RECONSTRUCTION FUND or HURRICANE RELIEF as the purpose. Or you can mail checks made payable to Abaco Fly Fishing Guides Association to the following address:
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Cable Bahamas expands Cash N' Go partnership in Abaco
Thursday, 06 August 2015 09:47

REV service centre relocates to Abaco BAF building

MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco -- Cable Bahamas has relocated its operation in Abaco from the Dove Plaza on Don Mackey Boulevard to the BAF Financial & Insurance building as part of its extended partnership with Cash N' Go.

"We are thrilled about this partnership and the opportunity for our customers to do everything that they need to do in one location, at one time and in less time," Cable Bahamas Northern Bahamas Operations Manager Edris Wilson-Elliott said. "The location is centrally located in the heart of downtown Abaco, has ample parking and is wheelchair accessible."

At this site, Cash N' Go will serve as the bill payment collection agent, while a full-time REV customer service representative will be available to handle account inquiries, service transfers, new service activations, service reactivations, service disconnections and more.

Cash N' Go Business Development Manager Jevon Butler said, "Cash N' Go is happy to partner with Cable Bahamas in Abaco. We see this as great synergy and look forward to our continued partnership."

The new REV location opened to customers on Saturday, August 1, with operating hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays. The company's move to the BAF Financial & Insurance building, also located on Don Mackey Boulevard, helps to expand Cash N' Go's 'one-stop-shop' concept, as the location will be a multi-service facility for Cable Bahamas customers.

In addition to making bill payments at the Cash N' Go store, Cable Bahamas subscribers can take advantage of several other pay options. These methods include payment via mail, personal bank web site, pre-authorised cheque, post-dated cheque, cheque-payment drop box and by credit card over the phone or via Cable Bahamas' web site, at cablebahamas.com.

 
Southern Comfort clinches Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament third year in a row
Submitted by Sabine Kirchner   
Thursday, 23 July 2015 06:56

TREASURE CAY, Abaco -- Southern Comfort clinched First Place for their third consecutive year at the 32nd Annual Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament (TCBT), June 17-21 at Treasure Cay Beach, Marina & Golf Resort, Abaco, Bahamas. Owned by Peter Angel, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Southern Comfort took the lead on the first day of fishing with a white marlin release. They clinched First Place plus Top Angler when Peter Angel released a blue marlin on the second day.

Kim Kuhnle's team on the Pandemonium, Treasure Cay, took Second Place overall, with a blue marlin release by 15-year-old Bly Hoffstetler, Islamorada, FL, recipient of the Top Junior Angler trophy.

Southern Comfort also won the Fun Fish Division with an impressive 46.5 lb. wahoo caught by Peter Angel.

Known as the best tournament value in the Bahamas, the TCBT is a modified release tournament with three days of fishing, parties and dinners. The tournament raised funds for the Treasure Cay Primary School. Sponsors included Rubis Bahamas, Ltd. and Treasure Cay Beach, Marina and Golf Resort. Co-sponsor/official weather provider was Weather Routing, Inc. The Official Fighting Chair sponsor was Pompanette.

TCBT information, scoring, photos and the tournament magazine can be viewed at www.treasurecay.com and on the Treasure Cay Hotel Resort & Marina Facebook page, www.facebook.com/treasurecayresort.

Photo: Southern Comfort takes first place.

 
Sands ‘Man in the Boat’ sculling race pulls into Abaco
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 06:45

Sands ‘Man in the Boat’ Sculling Race Makes a Stop in Abaco - Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Co. Ltd. helped Abaconians to enjoy the 42nd Bahamian Independence celebrations in a ‘Truly Bahamian’ way with their Sands ‘Man in The Boat’ sculling races. The event took place over the holiday weekend in Treasure Cay, right after the Abaco Regatta finals.  Registration began early Saturday morning and the action began at 6:00pm with the spectators cheering on their favourite sculler. There were six intense and exciting heats, with four scullers per heat, that also included a female race. In the end and in the final heat for the day, Steven Gardiner, from Fox Town, Abaco was crowned this year’s winner. Fernley Cox and Skeeter Rolle – both from Cooper’s Town, Abaco – took 2nd and 3rd place. Pictured are competitors sculling the boat. (Photo courtesy of Bahamian Brewery and Beverage for Barefoot Marketing)TREASURE CAY, Abaco – Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Co. Ltd. helped Abaconians to enjoy the 42nd Bahamian Independence celebrations in a ‘Truly Bahamian’ way with their Sands ‘Man in The Boat’ sculling races. The event took place over the holiday weekend in Treasure Cay, right after the Abaco Regatta finals.

”We love coming to Abaco each year,” stated Lynden Johnson, Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Sales Manager. “Everyone is so welcoming and the locals and tourists truly embrace what we are doing with the sculling events. And, let’s be honest – it’s Abaco – it’s gorgeous!”

Abaco came alive with excitement for the races that took place at the Treasure Cay public beach facility and was the third stop in the 2015 ‘Man in the Boat’ sculling season. Josh Green won the Long Island sculling race and Luda Nester won the sculling race in Exuma earlier this year.

Anticipation for the races began Thursday when the sculling boats were taken on a float parade through the Abaco communities from Cooper’s Town to Marsh Harbour. Passersby were given some free samples from the brewery and encouraged to come out to the regatta and participate in the races.

Official registration began early Saturday morning and the action began at 6:00pm with the spectators cheering on their favourite sculler. There were six intense and exciting heats, with four scullers per heat, which also included a female race. In the end and in the final heat for the day, Steven Gardiner, from Fox Town, Abaco was crowned this year’s winner. Fernley Cox and Skeeter Rolle – both from Cooper’s Town, Abaco – took 2nd and 3rd place.

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CIBC FirstCaribbean branch celebrates star student
Submitted by Chauntez Wilson   
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 06:35

Kaitlyn Francis, CIBC FirstCaribbean annual scholarship awardee in the Primary School Student of the Year Award Programme, is welcomed at the bank’s Marsh Harbour Branch.ABACO, The Bahamas – The Marsh Harbour Branch of CIBC FirstCaribbean was buzzing with excitement recently as Kaitlyn Francis, a 6th grade student from Central Abaco Primary School visited for a celebration in her honour.

The 11 year old was named the 7th place finalist and the recipient of the 13th annual CIBC FirstCaribbean sponsored award in the Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Award Programme and received a $2000 scholarship from the bank to go toward her high school studies.

During her visit, Kaitlyn was given a tour of the Branch by Branch Manager Iris Henchell and was introduced to staff and customers and commended for her accomplishments. Kaitlyn was also interviewed by a journalist for feature in an upcoming issue of Abaco’s local publication ‘The Abaconian.’

Ms. Henchell described Kaitlyn, who was Deputy Head Girl and Valedictorian this year at Central Abaco Primary School, as highly impressive and stated that the staff looks forward to her future successes.

“We are not surprised that Kaitlyn performed as well as she did in the Primary School Student of the year award. Her resume is a display of well-rounded extracurricular activities and stellar grades, and she is personable and dynamic. We are proud to host her and to have sponsored her scholarship,” Ms. Henchell said.

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