NASSAU, BAHAMAS — After a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19 pandemic, hundreds returned to the gorgeous shores of Exuma over the Labour Day weekend to experience the camaraderie and excitement of the long-awaited Barraterre regatta and homecoming festival.
The Barraterre regatta and festival ran from June 3 – 6.
The highly anticipated event has at all times been a staple on the country’s cultural calendar, attracting many local in addition to international visitors. Every 12 months, the residents of Barraterre use this chance to showcase their many talents – whether it’s song, dance, cooking, or sloop sailing.
“This 12 months’s Homecoming & Regatta festival was awesome,” said Barraterre Homecoming & Festival President Annie Lloyd.
“The committee had a small window for preparation, and despite the various challenges, we did it. Next 12 months, 2023, we’re looking forward to an even bigger and higher festival weekend as we anticipate a bigger crowd and eventful weekend.”
This 12 months’s 37th regatta and homecoming festival featured three days of sailing with Class ‘C’ sloops, and lots of Skippers from throughout The Bahamas competed for money prizes and trophies. A few of the sailing sloops that took part within the regatta were also built on the island.
Onshore activities throughout the day included games similar to hoopla, quadrille dancing, and plaiting of the maypole.
Music was a serious component of the regatta, and at night quite a lot of Bahamian entertainers were showcased at the location similar to D-Mac, Blaudy & Nishe L.S.
The festival also featured Rake and Scrape music and a talent show.