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The 7th Annual Bahamas Sailing Association's (BSA) Optimist National Championships is set for this weekend in Salt Pond, Long Island.
This year's championship is expected to have the largest turnout in the short history of the event, which can be attributed to the fact that the age groups have expanded from 6-15 to 5-18.
Last year, 76 sailors (41 green fleet, 16 blue, 15 red, four white) from New Providence, Grand Bahama, Long Island, Abaco, Harbour Island and main land Eleuthera competed in the event. The red fleet featured 13-15 year-olds, the blue fleet catered to the 11-12 year-olds, the white fleet was for the 10-year-olds and the green fleet was for novice sailors.
Spencer Cartwright emerged as the overall winner of the male championship fleet, while Paloma Cartwright was crowned the overall winner of the women's championship fleet.
Isaac Fox was named the overall winner of the white fleet, and Tristan Eldon won the green fleet.
"We are really excited, and all of the kids are looking forward to it," said BSA Director of Sailing Operations Jimmie Lowe. "We should have between 90 to 100 boats from all over The Bahamas. A lot of kids from the public and private schools from Grand Bahama, Abaco, Harbor Island, Governor's Harbour and Nassau will all be represented there. It's a big undertaking and we really want to thank Long Island for putting it on."
Sailors such as Cartwright, Paul De Souza and Richard King have sailed locally here in The Bahamas and abroad, and can be looked at as veterans amongst the rest of the competition. Those three are expected to make the race for the championship fleet overall winner one to keep an eye on.
"We have some kids who sailed in the United States last year and they have really come to the forefront," said Lowe. "We still have De Souza and Cartwright and all of the guys who have been there for the last two or three years, but Ben Derbyshire and Tristan Eldon have really blossomed over the last five or six months."
The BSA acts as the governing authority of the sport of sailing in The Bahamas under the supervision of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF).
By ALISON LOWE
Caribbean companies will have access to European programs designed to support innovation among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), according to a CARICOM trade specialist, who yesterday urged that Bahamian businesses should look to offer products or services "with a unique advantage that people are willing to pay a premium price for".
Matthew Spence, an intellectual property specialist, said reform of the Bahamas' legal framework relating to protection of intellectual property rights will not be "very useful" to Bahamian firms unless they, too, have something to ...
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A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life....
Quarter-miler Ramon Miller picked a good time to run a season's best in the open men's 400 meters (m). After failing to make the final at the 13th International Association of Athletic Federations' (IAAF) World Championships this year, Miller came storming back to end his 2011 season with a bang.
His time of 45.01 seconds, turned in yesterday, gave him the bronze medal at the 16th Pan American Games currently being held in Guadalajara, Mexico. This is the first medal for The Bahamas at the games, on the athletics end. Challenging for the top honors were Miller and fellow countryman Chris Brown, who were pinned as favorites in the event. However, Wednesday's showdown, which was held in the Telmex Athletics Stadium, saw Miller highlighted, leaving Brown to settle for seventh, in a time of 45.89 seconds.
Brown was the defending champion winning the gold medal down in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2007. He also anchored The Bahamas to a gold medal in the men's 4x400m relay. Stopping Brown from a repeat was Nery Brenes Cardenas, from Costa Rica, who crossed the finish line in 44.65 seconds. Cardenas' time was a personal best. Also turning in a personal best time was Lugelin Santos Aquino of the Dominican Republic. Aquino stopped the clock at 44.71 seconds.
Starting things off on the track for The Bahamas yesterday was Michael Mathieu, competing in the men's 200m. Running in heat four of five, Mathieu turned in a winning time of 20.81 seconds. He will run out of lane eight in tonight's final. Lansford Spence and Mathieu are the only runners representing the English-speaking Caribbean to advance to the final. Other big names include Cuba's Roberto Skyers, and Sandro Viana and Bruno de Barros, both of Brazil. The event is scheduled to start at 6:50 p.m.
Hoping to soar his way to a medal today is Donald Thomas, competing in the Men's high jump. Thomas is the sole competitor for The Bahamas in the event. Also bearing the country's flag is Laverne Eve, in the Women's Javelin which will also take place today.
AS anticipation builds for The Bahamas International Tennis Club's Doubles Week, local tennis fans will be treated to a preview of what is to come in a battle of "Youth versus Experience."
Kit Spencer, president of The Bahamas International Tennis Club (IC), who are putting on the event for The SG Private Banking Trophy, said the British team wanted to get some extra practice in before the tournament.
"So I thought it would be excellent practice for our top juniors to compete against them. It should be a fascinating encounter to see the battle between 'Youth and Experience' when the teams meet," he said.
The British team will get some early reps in for the tournament ...
By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
BAHAMIAN junior tennis players are set to gain invaluable experience and exposure when they face top British players this weekend.
The match between the aspiring stars and British veterans will kick off a six-day international team doubles competition staged by the International Tennis Club of the Bahamas and encompassing the teams of eight countries.
Kit Spencer, president of The Bahamas International Tennis Club, said: "The British team wanted to get some extra practice in before our tournament starts.
"So I thought it would be excellent for our top juniors to compete against them. It should be a fascinating encount ...
TO celebrate 25 years as an IC, the Bahamas is expected to stage a six-day international IC team doubles competition for eight country teams January 9-15 at Breezes Superclubs.
The country IC's will compete for "The SG Private Banking" trophy, who is the main sponsor.
John Antonas, Neil MacTaggart, Kit Spencer, Mas and Sue Kimball, Dyphany Mortier, J Barrie Farrington, Edith Powell and Lesley Spencer are expected to compete for the Bahamas.
Kit Spencer, president of the Bahamas International tennis club (IC) thanked SG Private Banking and its president, Dominique LeFevre, for its sponsorship of the event.
"With the teams we have coming this is a truly international event for ...
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After kidnapping and brutally assaulting two young women, a gang led by a prison escapee unknowingly finds refuge at a vacation home belonging the parents of one of the victims -- a mother and father who devise an increasingly gruesome series of reve...
Thursday 20th August 2009 8:00 PM
The Duchess movie is shown at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. Georgina Spencer becomes Duchess of Devonshire on her marriage to the Duke in 1774, at the height of a period of fashion, decadence and political change. Start Time: August 20th at 8:00pm End Time: August 20th at 9:45 pm Where: National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, West and West Hill Sts. For more information, contact 242-328-5800/1 www.nagb.org.bs
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As Johnny Blaze hides out in Eastern Europe, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form....