Mac promotes catboats

Catboat racing has come on strong
in recent months here in Cayman. For the most part the sport has linked itself
to fishing.

Last weekend catboats were back on
the forefront as part of the festivities around the 2010 Cayman Islands
International Fishing Tournament.

A handful of sailors and their
colourful boats took to the Cayman waters and a select few were awarded for
their efforts at the tournament’s award ceremony on Tuesday at the Ramada Grand
Caymanian resort.

The big winners were Ramel Ebanks
(third place), Catboat Club President Jerris Miller (who placed second in the
race) and Master Catboat Builder Kem Jackson (who nabbed first place and the
inaugural Premier Cup).

All won substantial cash prizes. Ebanks
took home $1,000; Miller nabbed $1500 and Jackson
won $2500.

Premier McKeeva Bush was at the
ceremony and spoke about plans for the sport to add a new competition called
the Premier Regatta to the catboat sporting calendar.

“Catboats have a long history in
Cayman and were first used as a means of transport,” Premier Bush said. “I’m
happy to offer government sponsorship to the catboat association and inaugurate
the Premier Cup.

“I can see the Premier Regatta as
an annual event in these islands. It adds another dimension to the sports

At this stage the premier Cup is
slated to be on offer every year around this time during the regatta. Any
captain that wins the Cup three years in a row can retire it in her or her