The Long Island Regatta - Watch It From Grotto Bay!
Not so long ago, these massive wooden vessels were life-lines to other islands and to the world beyond. They transported vegetables, fruit, sheep and goats that were then traded for valuable commodities to bring back home.
Today Regatta is a poignant reminder of those times, keeping alive for future generations the old tradition of boat-building and sailing. It is also a great excuse to party! Like an adult Spring Break, the action is as much in the clubs and restaurants as it is on the water.
On Long Island, Regatta is a yearly event beginning on Thursday before the first weekend of June.
The Regatta Site is in Salt Pond, and the race courses are literally in front of Grotto Bay.
Yes, that means party-time on our beach!
The Boats Line Up
The Gun Goes Off!
The boats line up, the gun goes off and the sails are raised!
Family and friends watch the excitement from the water and follow the action all along the course.
For 3 days, boats in numerous categories (determined by size) race along designated courses.
They must be Bahamian-designed, built and owned, and materials and configuration must be traditional Bahamian. They must also be skippered and crewed by Bahamians.