50 years ago: Third annual regatta held off Beach Club Colony

In the March 22, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from George Town included:

“The third annual regatta, sponsored by the Cayman Islands Hotel Association, was held Saturday, March 18, off the Beach Club Colony. A large crowd, both visitors and Caymanians, was present for the day-long series of races.

“The Regatta began with a Sunfish race at 10 a.m. and continued until 4 p.m. when the Open Race finished. A delicious buffet lunch was served at the Beach Club during the midday recess in the racing.

“His Honour the Administrator presented the prizes to the winning skippers at the end of the day … the overall winners were as follows: Sunfish Class – 1st Quatro Hatch, 2nd Bob Bennett, 3rd Peter Milburn; Catboats – 1st Dallas Ebanks, 2nd Gleason Ebanks, 3rd Crosby Ebanks; Open Race – 1st Crosby Ebanks, 2nd Gleason Ebanks, 3rd Henry Bush. The Sunfish race with the exciting Le Mans start was won by Bob Bennett.

“Just about 4 a.m. on Monday the 20th, a break-in occurred in the centre of George Town when 23 watches and 2 cine-cameras valued at about 270 pounds were stolen from the Queen’s Pride Gift Shop owned by Mr. John Conolly.

“Metal louvres were removed and the screen cut in a window at the rear of the new A. L. Thompson building for entry, and then the glass louvres which connect to Mr. Conolly’s shop, which is inside this building, were smashed.

“The watches and cameras were in a showcase which is not locked. It is assumed that this is an amateur job as the most expensive watches were not stolen.

“Police have recovered the metal louvres from an area in the vicinity of the rear of the new building owned by Webb’s Tailoring establishment, and a lot of dog barking reported by people in that area pinpoint the time of the robbery at about 4 a.m.

“The Chief of Police informed the Caymanian that as in the case of watches stolen from the airport booth operated by Kirk Plaza some time ago, this robbery took place just before a ship sailed. Precautions have therefore been taken and the police have made arrangements to obtain search warrants for the two ships which were leaving harbour at the time of the incident. The result of these enquiries are not yet available but it is hoped that they may bring forth some useful information.”

“Chief Besant told the Caymanian that it is difficult to understand why more precautions are not taken by the business community in the island to protect themselves against such eventualities, e.g. the provision of burglar bars and taking out insurance policies.

“Members of the Legislative Assembly and a group of bank managers accepted the invitation of the Mosquito Research and Control Unit to inspect the pilot empoldering [a method of reclaiming land from the sea] scheme recently begun.

“On Wednesday last they went to the land of Mr. Tan Watler near the eastern end of the Owen Roberts Airfield with Dr. M.E.C. Giglioli, Mr. Armstrong and Mr. Richard Ward.

“The group walked right along the dyke in the area where the drag-line is now working and were able to see this piece of machinery in action constructing a dyke.

“When the work on this particular area is complete, the polder will measure about 1 mile by 1/4 mile and the dyke will be 2 1/2 to 3 miles in length. In the 16 working days since the commencement of the operation, 860 square feet has been completed. Going has been rather slower than had been anticipated due to a very hard crust encountered in places. For a time the PWD bulldozer was used and was a great asset, but this has now had to be transferred to other projects.

“This demonstration proved most interesting, and from the pilot scheme the Unit is gaining much valuable information.”

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