Posted on Aug 06, 2015 under Uncategorized |
Jet boat tours are a new tour coming to Nassau, Bahamas, and are comparable to RIB Tours being offered.
Jet Boat tours are designed as thrill rides, seat-of-your-pants adventures. They are fast and capable of spins, turns, and slides.
The shorter length tour is fun and entertaining, but the length of the excursion does not provide the history and culture of the Bahamas and the Nassau Harbour.
Even in countries where the jet boats are regulated, there are many risks with their operation. According to Travel Insights Editor Phil Sylvester:
The NZ Transport Accident Investigation Commission has investigated about 20 jet boat accidents since 1995. The issues mostly involve crashes with other boats or inanimate objects or incidents where a boat flips over.
More often than not, tourists, who are more likely to ride such water craft, are involved. Officials have started investigating possible safety breaches contributing to the rate of accidents and requiring stricter safety regulations, but they don’t take effect until late 2011 and allow companies a three-year grace period.
Many of the companies are located in and around Queenstown and are alleged to not be meeting minimum requirements to operate.
Overlapping regulatory bodies are one of the biggest reasons cited for confusion over operational codes and safety standards.
There have also been several accidents and incidents involving this type of jet boat excursion (not in the Bahamas) around the world, including:
Posted on Nov 11, 2014 under Uncategorized |
The 242 Colour Run in Freeport took place on November 2nd. The second instance of the 3-mile event in Grand Bahama added a large dose of colour to the lively crowd at the Garden of the Groves. The Rotary Club of Grand Bahama Sunrise and the Rotaract Clubs of Freeport were well represented and were the beneficiaries of the event.
Thanks to the sponsors, participants were able to enjoy ice-cold Vita Coco natural coconut water and Sands beer after the race. Shannon Barnes won a Timex Health Touch watch courtesy of Mystery Shopper Bahamas and other participants won free entries to any 242 Colour Run in 2014 or 2015.
The event was attended by persons who were new to the event, as well as those who had participated in Freeport in 2013 and Nassau in September 2014. Kimberly Rahming participated in Nassau and also convinced her mother to participate in Freeport; both plan to attend the Abaco event in December.
The next 242 Colour Run in the 2014 series takes place in Hope Town on December 28th. For more information please visit their website www.run242.com or find them on Facebook.
Posted on Sep 29, 2014 under Uncategorized |
The 242 Colour Run in Nassau took place on a beautiful Bahamian Sunday morning. The second instance of the event saw 449 people registered, up from last year’s attendance of 330.
The revised course left Eastern Parade and headed East, rounding Montagu foreshore and heading back to finish at Green Parrot Nassau, a total distance of 5km. The course also had a 6.1km Challenge option, where runners and walkers could head over the bridge and back before completing the race.
The 242 Colour Run is different from the average walk or run, as teams and individuals are encouraged to get as funky and colourful as they possibly can. Individuals and teams consisting of friends, families, coworkers, athletic groups, and specialty groups dressed in funky clothing, tutus, wigs, and even a batman costume.
Participants were able to register online and at The Sports Center, and pick up their bags at The Sports Center on the Friday and Saturday before the race. Each bag contained a 242 Colour Run shirt, race bib, bumper sticker, sunglasses, 242 and Rotary tattoos, and samples such as Go-Ahead biscuits and Pinalen multicleaners. Each person also got a small bag of colour, which was used primarily for one of the morning’s highlights, the colour toss.
As the racers gathered before the start and the last minute participants checked-in, music and entertainment was provided by DJ Puppy of Pupstar Entertainment and Nathan Stone; both of which are president of the Rotary and Rotaract Club of East Nassau, respectively.
The fun started off in the morning with a Colour-Toss on Eastern Parade. The individual bags of colour were tossed into the air by the pumped up crowd, causing a giant multi-colour cloud over the field. The Royal Bahamas Police Force then closed the road for a few minutes while the close to 500 participants started the race.
The race course was very unique in that there were six “colour stations” along the route. At each station, a host of volunteers from the Rotary and Rotaract Clubs of East Nassau doused the participants in a different colour – Bahama Blue, Sunshine Yellow, Flamingo Pink, Seagrass Green, Seagrape Purple and a new colour, Lighthouse Red. Water stations along the course kept the runners hydrated, thanks to the FYP fire truck and Aquapure water.
While participants began to finish, the crowd began to grow at Green Parrot Nassau, the official finish of the race. As they finished they were greeted with cold water provided by Aquapure and ice-cold Sands Beer for the adults. Vita-Coco all natural coconut water and H2Aloe, a fruit fusion drink, were also handed out to finishers. The music and feel-good atmosphere continued through random bursts of colour and competitors cheered on their friends and families finishing the race. No matter if people walked, ran, or a combination of the two, everyone was congratulated for finishing the colourful course. There were no winners of the race, as the event was not timed nor competitive – however there were some noticeably fast runners on the course.
The fun didn’t end after the race was over. The restaurant and bar at Green Parrot then opened for breakfast for the lively crowd, overlooking the scenic Nassau Harbour. As the course was being cleaned up by volunteers and Bahamas Waste, friends gathered inside the Pick A Prop & Pose photobooth to preserve their colourful memories and PappaSurf introduced people to paddleboarding. The event was not timed nor places awarded, so prizes were given out to those registered and still present at the event. Prizes included gift certificates to Pirates of Nassau, Lightbourne Marine, Electronic Solutions, Tru Bahamian Food Tours, Windemere, Lucianos, and Bahama Art & Handicraft. John Bull provided a Fossil watch, the BNT provided a Conchservation goodie bag, and Dolphin Encounters and Blue Lagoon both donated passes for two.
The beneficiaries of the event, the Rotary and Rotaract Clubs of East Nassau, provided a great atmosphere and the majority of the volunteers for the event. They threw colour, gave out water, cleaned up, and most importantly cheered on the participants. The race would not have been a success without their direct involvement. The charitable organizations will both receive almost double what they received the year before, and as the race grows so too will the fund-raising for their many community programmes.
Comments and compliments flowed into the race organizers and were posted on the Facebook page. Jennifer Treco stated “What an AWESOME event!…Can’t wait for next year” and Ruth Diaz added “thanks for such an amazing time!”. Judith Smith, who has participated in many events throughout the year, wrote about her team: “The Chick-a-lettes and we did the Challenge. The atmosphere was hyped, the weather was good, and thanks to all the volunteers. We had a wonderful time.”
The race organizers, PROMPT (Paradise Race Organization Management Promotion & Timing), would like to thank the Rotary and Rotaract Clubs, the race host Green Parrot, all of the volunteers, sponsors and spectators, the RBPF, the Ministry of Works, and most importantly the amazing and fun participants.
The next 242 Colour Run takes place in Freeport on November 2nd followed by Abaco on December 27th. More details of future events will be released via the website www.run242.com and the 242 Colour Run Facebook page.
Assorted pictures from the 242 Colour Run that took place in Nassau on September 28th. All photographs by Ash Henderson.
Posted on Jan 02, 2014 under Race, Run |
Hope Town – The third 242 Colour Run occurred in Hope Town, Abaco on December 28th. After having successful races in Nassau & Freeport, the response in Abaco still surpassed the organizers expectations. Over 150 people participated in the colourful fun run/walk, with scores of volunteers and spectators taking part as well.
The excitement started to build around 8am at the Firefly Sunset Resort, the host for the event. While most of the participants were staying in Hope Town, there were approximately 40 persons who came over on the special Albury’s Ferry trip, which brought them directly to and from Firefly. Persons hailed from various locations, including Nassau, Eleuthera, Canada, the US and the UK. A group, aptly named “I thought your said rum”, also participated in the Nassau 242 Colour Run in July, and made a special trip to Abaco for the event. Participants of all ages took part, from kids in strollers to grandparents and all stages of life in-between.
Just before 8:30, the runners and walkers gathered in the Firefly entryway for the “Colour Toss”, where racers took individual colour packets and tossed them in the air, creating a cloud of colour. The colour coated runners and walkers then started out on the 5k (3.1mile) course. The colourful fun continued on the race course where volunteers from Hope Town and the Rotary Club of Abaco manned colour stations. Each colour station had a unique colour – Flash Caribbean Breeze Blue, Sunburnt Orange, Flamingo Pink, Bahamian Yellow, or Key Lime Green. As the participants danced their way through the colour stations they were coated head-to-toe, leaving laughter and smiles throughout the Elbow Cay course.
The Hope Town Volunteer Fire & Rescue department was on hand to lend support to the water station, where persons could rehydrate on the course. The all-volunteer fire department was a beneficiary of the event, along with the Rotary Club of Abaco.
The 242 Colour Run is designed to be a fun, feel-good event. As such, no times are recorded, and no finish places are taken down. This didn’t stop serious runners from completing the 5km course at a fast pace; nor did it stop groups of people dressed in tutus, reindeer antlers, and other funky and colourful costumes from dancing their way to the finish.
As everyone past through the event and finished, they were greeted by ice cold water donated by The FoodStore Limited. At the finish area the Firefly grounds filled with the colour-coated participants and the festivities continued. Ensueno fabric softener beach balls entertained the kids while the adults settled into the restaurant area, enjoying Bahamian breakfasts served up by the Firefly Bar & Grill. The organizers then thanked the sponsors, participants, volunteers, spectators, and all those involved for helping to create such a wonderful feel-good event.
Last, but not least, a few great prizes were drawn at random from those entered into the event. Hope Town Canvas provided a unique beach-bag made from recycled Abaco Rage sails and Harbour’s Edge provided a gift certificate for dinner. The Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend donated two entries into their events being held in March 2014. Abaco Buzz, who provided marketing for the event, also donated a months worth of their services.
The 242 Colour Run has now completed their 2013 Bahama islands tour, and is currently planning the 2014 events. The Hope Town race will tentatively return on December 27th, 2014. Other 242 Colour Runs are being planned for Nassau and Freeport. New to the 2014 schedule will be a race in Spanish Wells, Eleuthera. For more details and to learn about how to participate, visit their website www.run242.com or find them on Facebook.
Posted on Sep 25, 2013 under Race, Relay, Run |
After great success in Nassau, the organizers of the 242 Colour Run have now committed to hosting the event in Freeport and Abaco before the year’s end. On December 8th, the colourful race will be held in Freeport, and on December 28th the event will take place in Abaco.
The inaugural event in Nassau on July 13th drew 333 participants, along with dozens of volunteers and spectators. The five kilometre course started and finished at Montagu Foreshore and had five colour stations. As the participants ran and walked through the course, they were bombarded with food-grade powders in Flash Caribbean Breeze Blue, Flamingo Pink, Bahamian Yellow, Sun Burnt Orange and Key Lime Green.
The event was not timed, and participants were encouraged to have as much fun as they liked – ranging from outrageous costumes to body paint. All of the participants were covered in colour after the initial “colour toss”, a pre-race ritual where each participant throws a handful of coloured powder into the air, creating a giant cloud of colour.
The Nassau event had individuals and groups as large as 25 participate in the event. Friends of all ages, as well as families, corporations, service groups, church groups and many more organizations took part. The Rotary Club of East Nassau and the Rotaract Club of East Nassau, as well as BAARK, a non-profit organization dedicated to dog and cat spay/neuter programs and education projects, were all beneficiaries of the event.
The Freeport event will take place at the Garden of the Groves. The trails and roads in the area will provide a unique course and a great staging area for the race. The event will take place in the early morning and a post-event gala will be held at the Garden of the Groves.
The Abaco event, the third and final 242 Colour Run in 2013, will take place in Hope Town. The atmosphere is set for a colourful race, with participants already excited about the event. Local Rotary clubs are set to benefit from and assist with both races.
Participants in the 242 Colour Run events are encouraged to walk, run, skip, hop or jump through the course –the race is not competitive and persons are encouraged to come out and enjoy the camaraderie and fun that ensues.
Participants can follow the event on Facebook or on the website, www.run242.com, for further details as they are released. Registration for both events will open soon, both online and at local venues to be announced.
Posted on Sep 23, 2013 under Bike, Drink, Race, Relay, Run, Swim, Triathlon |
The 2013 Potcakeman Triathlon timing was sponsored by Purina pet foods, produced by BAARK!, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a better life for dogs (and cats) throughout the Bahamas.
We provided the RFID timing services for around 200 athletes in the Triathlons – ranging from kids to adults. The 750m swim, 21km bike, and 5km run was challenging enough – but mother nature threw a curve ball in with some wet weather, and choppy seas. A couple of athletes withdrew from the swim, but the majority managed to finish the swim and the course despite the weather.
We used the Chronotrack RFID tri-tag, coupled with the Chronotrack disposable tri-strap. The relays utilised an exchangeable neoprene strap, allowing them to pass off and reattach the tri tag to each member of the relay. We had
We had over a 96% read rate, the majority of misses were at the swim exit, where the entrance to the transition area was a bit wider and didn’t force athletes over our line. This is where the most misses occur in triathlons – we have new side-mounted readers, Chronotrack Flashpoints, coming in which will virtually eliminate these missed reads.
Using the rest of the data collected, we were able to estimate the few missed times for the swim and ended up with a 99.5% read-rate. The 4 missed times left were due to a relay team not reading at the swim exit – and then the cyclist holding the chip in his hand vs attaching to his ankle. We were unable to recover any of their splits – once the run was started and the tag properly fixed, we were able to read their run and overall time.
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Posted on Jul 16, 2013 under Race, Run |
Nassau, Bahamas – The 242 Colour Run added a blast of colour to Nassau on an otherwise cloudy Saturday morning, July 13th. Over 400 participants, volunteers, and spectators gathered at Montagu foreshore to partake in the first ever colour run in The Bahamas. The 5km (3.1 miles) course led the runners and walkers from Fort Montagu, over the bridges and back to return to Montagu. The unique twist of the added colour was enough to bring smiles to all those that participated and supported the race, and even those that were encountered along the way.
The weather turned out to be a perfect day for the mid-July road race, with Tropical Storm Chantal dissipating and leaving welcomed cloud cover for the morning. The 8am start was delayed a few minutes, but just before the start, individual colour packets were tossed into the air, creating a fantastically blended cloud of colour around the start area. Two Royal Bahamas Police Force motorcycles then led the runners through a colour-blast of Flash Caribbean Breeze Blue, the first of 5 colour stations along the course. The second staging point on the course added Sun Burnt Orange, while the Paradise Island colour station added Key Lime Green and the last Nassau stop had Flamingo Pink. The final colour station immediately before the finish doused the contestants in Bahamian Yellow, a fitting finish to the most colourful race The Bahamas has ever seen as it celebrates 40 years of independence.
The participants in the fun-loving group varied from children pushed in strollers, to walkers who only did a part of the course, to elite athletes. The race was not timed, there were no official race winners, and the atmosphere was one of fun, not competition. The 242 Colour Run was designed to bring people together to have fun – friends, families, coworkers, neighbours, Bahamians and foreigners alike. The last minute entries at The Sports Center in the days before the race brought the total number of registered entries to 333. The majority of the colour-runners were Nassau natives, with others from Abaco and Freeport, and a few international registrants from the UK, Canada, and the USA. The unofficial fastest person on the course was Marathon Bahamas winner Angela Cobb, who came over to run a fun race in a beautiful and scenic location.
Individuals and groups participated in the event, with groups as large as 25 entering in the 242 Colour Run. Some walked together, some ran together, and all had fun together. As the colour-coated runners crossed the finish line, they were greeted with cold Aquapure and Arizona iced teas. In the staging area there was an after-race party, where participants were encouraged to try the new Tropi-Pop drink sensation, as well as Edy’s Fruit Bars. The adult entrants were greeted with ice-cold Sands beer. Music and festivities enhanced the atmosphere, all leading up to the big giveaway – five G-Shock watches provided by John Bull. The watches were given away to those that stuck around and had fun, and were drawn by random number. Any and all participants had the same chance to win, and 5 lucky persons walked away with a new colourful G-Shock watch. Additional numbers were called to give away the remaining cases of Arizona iced teas and Sands beer.
Linzi Knowles-Benton was recognized with a case of Sands beer for being the first to register and for assembling a large group of enthusiastic runners, also know as “Conch Salad”. Registration opened a few months before, and the price increased as the event got closer – in spite of this, almost 20% of the entrants took advantage of the extended full-price registration at The Sports Center. Registration included a reusable shopping bag, a bottle of Flash multi-cleaner, product samples, event flyers, a 242 Colour Run dryblend shirt and custom bib, funky wayfairer sunglasses, 40th Independence and Bahamas flag tattoos, and a packet of throwable colour.
Each colour station had volunteers from the Rotary Club of East Nassau, the Rotaract Club of East Nassau, and the QC Interact club throwing a food-grade, washable, colour powder on the participants. These volunteers were from the clubs that also benefited from the event. The Rotary Club of East Nassau recently celebrated 50 years of service and changed over to a new Rotary year with new leadership on July 1st. Since its inception, the Rotary Club of East Nassau has raised over 5 million dollars for community project and local charities, and has contributed significantly to the Rotary International Foundation. The Rotaract Club of East Nassau is for younger members aged 18 to 30; they are young professionals banding together to help the community both locally and internationally. Both groups support was necessary, as over 30 volunteers assisted in the 242 Colour Run. The director of community service for the Rotaract club, Raschard McKinney, had kind words to add, noting that the “242 Colour Run was a grand success. Congratulations to you and your team for hosting the event. It was fun and inspiring at the same time. I look forward to working with you and the 242 Colour Run in the future.”
Bahamas Waste greatly assisted in logistics and cleanup, providing portable toilets, trash receptacles, and a mobile pressure washer to wash down the roads after the event. As the colour is a water-soluble, non-toxic substance, any colour left on the course washes away with the rain and biodegrades rapidly.
The multi-coloured finishers all had huge smiles and nothing but kind words for the organizers and volunteers. The photos from the event are posted online at www.run242.com and on the event Facebook page. Comments from the Facebook page reflected the excitement and enjoyment at the 242 Colour Run, and everyone is excited to do it again. Ann Marie Henson posted “Great time. Thanks to all for their hard work. It was a blast! See you next year.” Dominic Seymour added “Had an awesome time today!! Hope it comes again next year!”
As participants have requested, the organizers of the 242 Colour Run do intend to hold the race again in Nassau. They also plan to have additional races, starting with locations in Freeport and Abaco. For more information, visit the 242 Colour Run Facebook page or visit www.run242.com
The success of the inaugural 242 Colour Run was overwhelming, and the support from all of those involved was and is greatly appreciated. The organizers would like to thank the sponsors, volunteers, the Royal Bahamas Police Force, The Bridge Authority, The Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Finance, and of course, all of the wonderful participants who helped ensure a successful, safe, fun and colourful event.
Additional comments from participants regarding the event:
“Well done, Lee McCoy for a very Successful and FUN 242 Colour Run this Morning. Thatcher and I had a BLAST throwing COLOUR on the participants.” – Tangerine Curry-Dinnick
“What a BLAST! Thanks so much to Lee McCoy and ALL the volunteers who put on a fantastic event! The Tutu Crew had a great time :)” – Jessica Robertson
“HAD A BLAST!!!! hope its an annual thing!” – Courtney Kemp
“Thank you to all the organizers and sponsors who put this event on – we had so much fun! already looking forward to next year!” – Laura Kimble
“Thank you to everyone who put today together…it was such fun!” – Tamsin Rogers
“THAT was one on the BEST experiences of my LIFE!!!!!! When i find the words, i will express them!!!! Thank you 242 Colour Run!!!!!!!!!” – Anna Murray
“Thank you to all involved in the 242 colour run! Awesome time. Can’t wait till the next one!” – Mary-Jane Sands
“We had such an amazing time!!” – Melissa Sands
“Great fun! Next year bigger and better!” – Teresa Roberts
Posted on Mar 27, 2013 under Bike, Race, Relay, Run, Swim, Triathlon |
The 2013 Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend turned out even greater than I could have imagined!
About a week before the event I started getting nervous, as many participants were signing up at the last minute and three days before the event there was a surge of registrations. We had enough spots for 200 persons, however the triathlon turned out to be insanely popular! We ended up having to Fedex (from Hawaii) additional triathlon straps for the Chronotrack Tri Tags, but we managed to accommodate everyone!
For the 1-mile Open Water Swim, along the innately beautiful Treasure Cay beach, we grew from 5 participants to 30! That’s a 6-fold increase! The winner from 2012 was present to reclaim his title in 2013, and we hope to see Peta in 2014 again!
The next day we had the Sprint & Olympic triathlons – which grew from a combined total of 18 entrants (including 3 per relay) to 60 participants! That’s a 333% increase! We had to setup extra bike racks and manage transition a bit differently, but we now know how to handle the larger crowd at the Coco Beach Bar parking lot, and look forward to hosting an even bigger and more exciting 2014 triathlon event! We even had a 10-year old girl complete the Sprint triathlon, finishing at the same time as our Olympic champion, Simon Lowe!
The kids’ race was AWESOME! Toni managed to get the kids fired up with an impromptu dance/stretch/spaz session and we had 30 kids run a mile! Some took it seriously while others had a ball and ran every which way, they all had fun!
The 5k/10k was the one that worried me the most in terms of the registrations – especially the late registrations on the morning of the race. While we did have a few, we weren’t inundated and managed to have a respectable 70 persons enter the combined events. We did not time the walkers last year, but in terms of runners we had 24, I’d say we doubled that.
Overall I was very pleased with the event – a bit more preparation in terms of speeches, courses, and volunteers and I think we will be a strong event. Treasure Cay was SOLD OUT of rooms, and they have already booked us out 50 rooms for next year, as 45 were directly attributed to our event. If you’re planning on visiting on March 21-23rd, 2014 – I’d recommend you book your room soon!
Thanks to everyone that came out and supported – volunteers, sponsors, spectators, staff, and of course participants! A special thank you to Sabine, Ray, Avis, and the rest of the Treasure Cay Staff, as well as the TC Fire Department and the RBPF. Thanks to Jason, Toni, and Jen for dealing with me and getting me through the event – I’m sure by the end of the event I had run my own marathon!
Posted on Jan 09, 2013 under Bike, Drink, Kayak, Race, Relay, Run, Swim, Training, Triathlon |
The 2013 Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend is now open for registration. Registration details are available at the event website www.GAFFW.com or by contacting the Ministry of Tourism in Marsh Harbour.
The weekend-long event will be held from March 22-24th at the Treasure Cay Beach, Marina, & Golf Resort. The weekend starts off with a 1-mile open water swim on Friday, a Sprint & Olympic triathlon on Saturday followed by a kids’ 1-mile run, and a 5k/10k fun run/walk on Sunday.
Planning for the second instance of the event has been taking place over the past year and the organizers look forward to having a larger, fun-filled, family oriented event.
Last years event brought around 75 participants and dozens more volunteers and spectators. This year there has been keen interest both locally and abroad, with a large group from Freeport planning to compete as well as a good base of athletes out of Nassau. Abaconians are expected to provide strong competition yet again, as the inaugural event was successful and well-received throughout the archipelago.
Last year local triathletes Simon Lowe and his father Greg Lowe were slated to compete head-to-head in the Olympic triathlon, but due to an injury Simon had to watch from the sidelines. This year they both plan on returning and Greg will defend his title against his son and the other competitors.
The first two online registrations were both women, one from Freeport and the other from South Carolina. The event is geared towards both locals and visitors alike. Treasure Cay has one of the most scenic ocean swims available and it was ranked one of the top ten beaches in the world by Caribbean Travel & Life.
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Treasure Cay Resort & Marina, and Damianos/Sotheby’s International Realty have again joined as the main sponsors. All of the sponsors’ support of the event is immensely appreciated, along with all the hard work and support of the volunteers, friends and family.
This year Bahamas Ferries has a trip running from Nassau to Abaco for the event, leaving Friday morning and returning Sunday afternoon. Those interested are asked to contact Bahamas Ferries directly to book their transportation.
Posted on Dec 15, 2012 under Uncategorized |
December 15th started out early with a 6:30 Bahamian Time (6:40ish) start to the 10k. 13 participants entered this year on a hilly course passing over the bridges twice, through the tunnel twice, and past the cloisters dip twice again! Congratulation to everyone, and to our overall winner Greg Lowe and our top female Mary Jane Sands!
We are planning another event tentatively for the January 5th weekend, to burn off those holiday calories and get ready for Marathon Bahamas 2013! We look forward to seeing everyone out at both events!
||Carlo Chee A Tow
||Mary Jane Sands
||Danielle Van Wynen