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Historic ‘Take Me 2 New York’ expedition lands in The Bahamas
Submitted by Lynette McInnes   
Saturday, 03 May 2014 06:35

South African adventurers row, row, row their boat from Africa to The Bahamas, where they receive a warm, unforgettable welcome.  

Dock me please!SAN SALVADOR, The Bahamas -- Riaan Manser, serial adventurer, author and public speaker, and his girlfriend of 14 years, Vasti Geldenhuys, set out from Morocco, North Africa December 30th, 2013 in a 20-foot rowing boat and singlehandedly rowed 5,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to arrive in The Bahamas.  

This first touch of land after 74 days at sea is a highlight in their journey as Riaan and Vasti attempt to be the first in history to row from mainland Africa to New York, USA.  

The adventure is called, "Take Me 2 New York". This is the story about their warm welcome and experience in The Bahamas, as told by Riaan, himself.  

In Riaan Manser’s words:

“It still hasn't sunk in. We have hit land, had beer, ice cream and chocolate. And rowed across the entire North Atlantic Ocean. But it still doesn't feel real.  

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Huge turnout in Exuma for second Sands sculling competition
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Friday, 02 May 2014 06:49

Huge Turnout in Exuma for Sands Second Sculling Competition - Although the morning of the sculling race was gloomy and full of rain, the sun came out and allowed the Sands ‘Man in the Boat’ Sculling race to be a huge success at this year’s National Family Island Regatta in Exuma.  The DJ at the regatta was a huge supporter, and his announcement of the sculling race resulted in twenty-four scullers registering for the race.  Additionally, more scullers registered for the race once the races began.  There was an amazing turn out of spectators at the race, including the Prime Minister and other Cabinet Ministers. (Photo courtesy of Bahamian Brewery and Beverage for Barefoot Marketing)EXUMA, The Bahamas -- Although the morning of the sculling race was gloomy and full of rain, the sun came out and allowed the Sands ‘Man in the Boat’ Sculling race to be a huge success at this year’s National Family Island Regatta in Exuma.

The DJ at the regatta was a huge supporter, and his announcement of the sculling race resulted in twenty-four scullers registering for the race.  Additionally, more scullers registered for the race once the races began.  

There was an amazing turn-out of spectators at the race, including the Prime Minister and other Cabinet Ministers.

“The crowd was extremely engaging, shouting for their favorite sculler,” said Lynden Johnson, Sales and Marketing Manager at Bahamian Brewery and Beverage.  “One of the highlights of the day was when Sam Brown’s oar broke and he dove into the water, collected the broken oar and actually finished the race.”

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61st annual National Family Island Regatta comes to a close
Submitted by BIS   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 07:13
EXUMA, Bahamas -- The 61st annual National Family Island Regatta Closing Ceremony and awards presentation was held at George Town, Exuma, on Saturday April 26 at the Administrator's office.  Sir Arthur Foulkes, Governor General, made the Governor General's Cup presentation to Jeff Gale from the Lonesome Dove.  The Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, Prime Minister, made the Prime Minister's Cup presentation to Brooks Miller from the Tida Wave.  The Hon.Minister Alfred Gray, Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government, made the presentation of the Commodore Emeritus Cup to Dante Knowles from the sloop Whitty K.
  • Class A champions the Staniel Cay Tida Wave
  • Class B champions the Exuma Lady Sonia
  • Class C champion Whitty K

Photo gallery includes the fleet of class a sloops during the 3rd series race Saturday April 26.  (BIS)

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Environmentalists say pristine dive sites will be destroyed as ‘Reef Destroyer’ arrives in Bimini
Submitted by DP&A   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 06:39

REEF DESTROYER - The Niccolo Machiavelli dredger anchored off the coast of Bimini. The mammoth 450-foot vessel is to be used as part of the controversial construction of a 1,000 foot pier and ferry terminal by Resorts World Bimini. A top judge has warned that continuing to work on the project while it is being challenged in the courts could have serious implications for the rule of law in the Bahamas.BIMINI, The Bahamas --  A mammoth seafloor dredger, dubbed ‘The Reef Destroyer’ by local environmentalists, has arrived in Bimini as developers forge ahead with construction of a controversial ferry terminal despite a top judge’s stern warning.

The 450-foot, 1,200 ton Niccolo Machiavelli is a specialized cutter-suction dredger designed to break up hard material which standard dredgers cannot remove. It is among the most powerful machines of its kind, and is set to be unleashed on one of the most pristine and significant marine ecosystems in the world, environmentalists say.

“That monster dredger cannot be allowed to tear up the seabed off the coast of North Bimini,” said Fred Smith, QC, attorney and one of the directors of fast-growing environmental movement Save The Bays. “There are 14 world-class dive sites and some of the most sensitive and important reef systems on earth there - many of them directly in the developers’ intended path of destruction.

“Resorts World Bimini is being allowed to move full speed ahead by a government that has failed in its mandate to act in the interest of Bahamians – and this despite a strong warning from one of the country’s top judges.”

Last month, Court of Appeal Justice Abdulai Conteh told lawyers for the government and Resorts World Bimini that construction should not be allowed to progress while the project is being challenged in the courts.

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Exuma Chamber to meet at Sandals Emerald Bay, May 6
Submitted by Jeffrey Todd   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 06:36

EXUMA, The Bahamas -- The Chamber of Commerce is calling another meeting of the Exuma Advisory Council for next month, this time at Sandals Emerald Bay, which represents an important “second act” to its inaugural gathering late last year.  

Seeking to bolster unity and communication, Pedro Rolle, the President of the Exuma Chamber of Commerce, said that the next event on May 6th, from 10am to 2pm, came about due to a clear demand among stakeholders.  

"This is intended to be a thoughtfully chosen, intimate group designed to share plans, concerns and overall ideas about how to move forward and begin to work together for mutually beneficial growth plans in Exuma," according to Rolle.  

“This meeting is the ‘second act’ in fulfilling our potential.”  

The first gathering, held at Grand Isle Resort & Spa, was seen by the Chamber as a huge success, attracting a wide cross-section of investors, hoteliers and landowners from both the Bahamas and abroad. The second meeting, at Sandals Emerald Bay, is intended to further galvanize support for a new and improved Exuma Chamber of Commerce.  

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Prime Minister addresses Eleuthera Business Outlook
Written by BIS   
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 06:59

CAPE ELEUTHERA, Eleuthera, The Bahamas – Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie told participants at the 2nd Annual Eleuthera Business Outlook that the island of “immense beauty” has numerous opportunities for developments, particularly in the field of tourism.  

“As an island, it continues to embrace its role as a leader in hospitality and position itself for major revitalization,” Prime Minister Christie said at the April 24, 2014 event, held at the Cape Eleuthera Resort. “That revitalization, in my view, has already begun.”  

Also in attendance were Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, the Hon. Fred Mitchell; Minister of State in the Ministry of Legal Affairs, the Hon. Damian Gomez; Minister of State for Investments, the Hon. Khaalis Rolle; Executive Chairman of the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC), Hon. Arnold Forbes and various Eleuthera tourism and business stakeholders.  

Prime Minister Christie said, however, that much more are being done to ensure significant growth in Eleuthera and the Government is continuously working to make Eleuthera a first choice destination for tourists, both foreign and domestic.  

“While the Government will necessarily play a pivotal role going forward, there is no question that dedicated efforts must also be deployed by the private sector to further the development of Eleuthera’s economy and community,” he said.  

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Results of second day of competition at 61st Annual National Family Island Regatta
Written by BIS   
Sunday, 27 April 2014 16:05

EXUMA, The Bahamas -- Results of second day of competition at 61st Annual National Family Island Regatta:

  • The Running Tide  won the 2nd series race in class a on Friday April 25
  • Ruperts Ledend was 2nd during the 2nd series race class a on Friday April 25
  • Lauren finished 1st during the 2nd series race for class e on Friday April 25
  • Whitty K was 1st during the 2nd series race for class c on Friday April 25
  • Lady Sonia jumped out front to finish 1st during the 2nd b class race Friday April 25

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Prime Minister speaks on developments on Eleuthera
Written by BIS   
Sunday, 27 April 2014 16:01

CAPE ELEUTHERA, Eleuthera, The Bahamas -- Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie said, on April 24, 2014, that tourism is “on the upswing in Eleuthera”.  

“From January to December 2013 a total of 249,017 visitors came to Eleuthera,” Prime Minister Christie said. “However I feel that we can improve on this number and will improve on it with the development of a few new resorts on the island.”  

Prime Minister Christie was addressing participants at the 2nd Annual Eleuthera Business Outlook, held at the Cape Eleuthera Resort.  

He noted that the Cotton Bay development in South Eleuthera is set to “change the face of tourism in that part of the island significantly.” 

“With 75% of construction of phase 1 of the project complete, the developers have already invested $90 million to date,” Prime Minister Christie said. “The resort aims to re-establish the legacy of the jet-setting families of the 50s, 60s and 70s that frequented the club community, making them homes away from home.”  

Prime Minister Christie noted that Cotton Bay will feature world-class golf courses that will attract international golf enthusiasts and offer luxurious amenities, including two oceanfront hotel sites managed by Noble House Hotels and Resorts.  

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