you’ve been longing for the feel of sea spray on your face, then
a getaway to the Bahamas
is just what you need! The
islands of the Bahamas
offer an exciting array of unique boating opportunities, whether
you’re looking to captain your own ship or just relax as a
passenger. Thousands of people from all around the world visit the
Bahamas every year to enjoy the sportsmanship and camaraderie of
local and international sailing competitions, or to fulfill their
fantasies of the perfect pleasure boating adventure.
to join in the fun of an exciting boat race and party the day
away? Just look for a regatta!
Sailing regattas are commonplace in the Bahamas, and always
generate festive parties where spectators and participants alike
can enjoy barbecues, native music, and making new friends along
with the thrill of an exciting competition. Every island holds at
least one annual regatta, and there are scores of local events
throughout the year—so no matter when you plan your trip, you
can probably catch a regatta!
If you’ll be here this spring, you can check out the George
Town Cruising Regatta, a popular sailing regatta that begins
on the first Friday in March and lasts for 10 days. The annual
competition attracts over 500 yachts for a week of celebration and
festivities, and visiting yachtsmen test the speed of their
vessels in the beautiful waters of George
Town in three main boating events.
For the annual Island-Out
Island Regatta in Exuma,
scores of locally built sailboats race for the coveted “Best in
the Bahamas” title. Sailors from each major island of the Bahamas
meet in picturesque Elizabeth
Harbour, George Town, for four days of fierce competition
along with some exciting and fun onshore partying. One of the most
famous regattas in the Bahamas
is the Long Island Sailing Regatta, an annual five-day event where 40 to 50
locally built sailing sloops compete for trophies and prize money
in a major showdown on the waters off Salt
Pond, Long Island.
Four classes of vessels, ranging in length
from 15’ to 28’, represent each of the major Bahamian islands.
A festive atmosphere flourishes onshore, where visitors to the
islands are invited to join in the fun by sampling native dishes,
engaging in sporting activities, and enjoying native entertainment
supplied by rake ’n scrape bands. And for folks who want to get
close to the action, a spectator boat can take you right into the
thick of the action for a first-hand view of the races.
If you prefer pleasure cruising to sports competitions, the Bahamas
offers a lively array of opportunities for all types of boating
excursions. Hundreds of uninhabited cays provide lovely remote
getaways where you can drop anchor and enjoy sunny, carefree
swimming and snorkeling in calm blue waters far from shore.
are accessible only by boat—unless, of course, you’re a really
good swimmer! Maybe you’d rather take a cruise in a glass bottom
boat on a sunny afternoon and explore the undersea world of an
island lagoon without getting your feet wet. Enjoy a dinner cruise
on a smooth-sailing catamaran, and dance under the stars after
feasting on native delicacies.
Rent a sunfish sailboat for an
afternoon of wave skipping by a beautiful stretch of sand. Or
charter your own vessel, crew included, to escape for a few days
of peace and quiet navigating the island waterways. The choices
are endless for enjoying and exploring the beautiful waters of the
Whatever boating adventure you’ve been dreaming of, the Bahamas
is the place to experience it!
more information on marinas and boating facilities in the Bahamas
check our Marinas Yellow Pages.