Wednesday, April 17, 2024

More berths in basin

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THE Chamberlain Bridge which separates the inner and outer basins, was raised yesterday to create space for more yachts, as Barbados prepares to welcome sailors participating in the Panerai Classic Transat yacht race which is set to finish here in mid-December.
Around 30 yachts were expected to sail from Cascais, Portugal, on Sunday on the transatlantic journey here.
Bridgetown is therefore expected to be a hive of activity for about two weeks with the vessels berthing in the Inner Basin of the Careenage.  A Regatta Village will be set up in Independence Square for the general public and sailors to congregate for information and entertainment.
Freida Nicholls, manager of market development of Barbados Port Inc, explained yesterday that the Careenage, which is under the responsibility of the port, had undergone a $2 million refurbishment and this would result in better facilities to accommodate residential sailing craft.
This refurbishment included the installing of water and electrical services, upgrading the mooring systems and establishing security.
Above, the bridge after it was lifted yesterday. (Picture by Nigel Browne)

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