April 12, 2016
Well, that was lots of fun in the sun, to say the least! Jennifer Stewart from Berthon’s USA office was on hand, flying the Berthon flag!
It was not a difficult week, sailing on board the incredibly lovely Swam 62′ NAI’A with her dark blue hull, which coincidentally was sold to the owners by Berthon! Bob and Kristin (her owners) were great hosts, and as full time liveaboards, they know their yacht.
Jamestown Boatyard were also on hand, running NETTIE as the Committee yacht. The Race Committee did a great job once again.
Monday was Berthon’s welcoming beach BBQ, held in the Beach Pavilion at Nanny Cay Marina.
After the welcoming remarks, the noise volume rose substantially, with all the owners and friends reconnecting after the summer season in their home ports. About 12 Swans participated in this fun event, with several more in the marina joining the fleet for day sails. The Owners’ Association did a very good job balancing the sailing and social events, making it a very relaxed affair – heaven forbid leaving the dock before 11 a.m.! Lots of yacht hopping was the order of the day when another owner needed help for the day, just in general a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Day 2 was the Race to Norman Island, and the trophies for this day were also awarded by Berthon, handmade carved bowls for using on board. Class winner and bowl collector and owner of the Swan 48 AFFINITY commented, “Definitely the best trophy that we have ever received, we can actually use it on the yacht!”
Again, another fantastic venue right on the beach – the only problem was the lurking Willy T’s on the other side of the harbor, to which several of our group fell victim… Need any more be said? Another late start was in order, with plenty of hangovers amongst the gathering, but soon they were recovered and ready to do a little snorkeling time in the morning!
Day 3 was sponsored by Nautor’s Swan, with a race from Norman Island to Spanish Town, picture perfect day, lots of sea turtles and flying fish, and enormous tarpons hanging out beneath the yachts.
Cocomaya is definitely a must next time you are in the area, tapas and sushi – unbelievably good, and a gorgeous sunset view. Robert Holm, Nautor’s Customer Care Manager, was on hand to offer technical assistance, and to present the champagne and rum to the day’s winners!
Day 3 found the fleet back in Nanny Cay, not much wind, but no one seemed to care all that much – the sun was shining, the water was sparkling, and no one was in the office – perfect!
Day 4 was a Lay Day, and a nice motor sail over to Joost van Dyke was the order of the day, for swimming and relaxing on board AFFINITY.
Day 5 was the closing day race and event, lots of sunburn and smiles, thanks again to the Swan Owners’ Association and Jamestown Boat Yard for all the work that it takes to run these events!
Berthon is pleased to be able to support this event which gives you yet more reason to use your gorgeous yacht in beautiful places. See you next year!
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