Day 5 of the Manta Migration started a bit slower than the other days for those members of the group that visited Pete’s Pub the night before! Word of caution – The Bilge Burners at Pete’s can make it difficult to find your boat at the end of the night…
The final event in the Migration Race Series was the Blind Dinghy Race. The skipper was blind folded and was guided, by the crew to up to 6 different boats in the harbor. Floating a few feet behind the stern of those boats was a bag with different numbers in it. The goal was to find your number. Once the crew had directed the captain to the boats and found their number 3 times, the captain could remove his blind fold and speed back to the beach.
Of course, driving around the anchorage blind folded wasn’t enough for this race — you also had to where a costume!
The snorkeling in and around Little Harbour was beautiful!
It was a very serious event, with lots of boring seminars and events planned to encourage sobriety…:)
Richard (pronounced the French way, please) agreed to come in on his day off to give us an excellent tour of the foundry. Their process of making bronzes is thousands of years old and the results are stunning. We commissioned them to make bronze Mantas for us and they turned out BEAUTIFUL (see below).
Pete’s Pub put on a Pig Roast for our group on Saturday night for our closing event. The excellent meal and 5+ gallons of Bilge Burners helped temper our sadness at having to bring this fantastic event to an end!
There were 3 races held during the Migration:
Race 1 was a sailing event from Marsh Harbour to Hope Town. While the course is fairly straight forward, the race had a twist because there were 5 extra points offered for any boats that traded 1st Mates. Unfortunately, the racing instructions were not specific enough and Karma and Sequell traded dogs. The race committee, realizing their error in not specifically requiring that the 1st mate be human, was forced to award these two boats 5 points each, which was the same point value given for a first place finish! First across the line was Now & Zen, followed by Karma, and then True Colors.
Race 2 was another sailing event from Hope Town to a safe point just north of Little Harbour. Again, Now & Zen took line honors, followed by True Colors and then Karma.
Race 3 was the Blind Dinghy Race, held in Little Harbour. Karma’s crew won the event, followed by Panagea, and then Now & Zen.
When all the scores were tallied, along with extra points for best costume and bribes paid to the committee (of which, I’m sorry to report, there were none!), Karma took 1st place. 2nd Place was awarded to Now & Zen. Third place went to True Colors.
Other awards given out on Saturday were:
Innovation Award for the best custom modification to a Manta – Rob and Becky on Sequell
Bent Cleat Award for best grounding or other near disaster – John and Pat on New Moon II
Everyone in attendance would agree that the 2014 Manta Migration was a great success and we were all glad for having made the effort to get to the Abacos to be a part of the event. Special thanks to the Jib Room, Hope Town Marina, and the wonderful folks at Pete’s Pub for helping make this event a huge success. Also, thanks to Pat Reischmann for his great rigging clinic (he flew in especially for the clinic!) and for being a strong supporter of the brand! Thanks to everyone for attending and Michelle and I hope that someone will pick up the torch and host a 2015 Manta Migration!
Side Note: Over 1,100 pictures were taken during the event and I believe I have copies of all of them on my computer. As soon as we get somewhere that has decent internet speed, I’ll be uploading them to my Flickr account and I will share the link with you as soon as the pictures are up and available. Thanks to all the photographers that shared with me!