Organizers of the annual Non-Mariners race have decided to pull the plug on the event this year, citing “dwindling participation, a change in the economics of the event, and increasing difficulty in finding volunteers to organise and run the affair”.
Word of the decision first broke early this morning via social media in a post on Facebook. Later today, the Sandys Boat Club confirmed that the popular race, held on the Sunday after the two-day Cup Match holiday, will not be held this year. But this “does not include the raft-up parties that take place”.
A spokesperson said, “The Sandys Boat Club is sorry to announce that the iconic will not be held this year. To be clear, this does not include the raft-up parties that take place in Mangrove Bay on the day.
“The Sandys Boat Club is not responsible for these, and it is anticipated that the post-Cup Match festivities will continue as normal. The suspension of the event relates to the “non-race” and other “non-events” traditionally hosted by the Sandys Boat Club.
“Unfortunately, due to dwindling participation, a change in the economics of the event, and increasing difficulty in finding volunteers to organise and run the affair, it has been decided that this year’s event will not be held.”
The statement concluded: “We thank the Bermuda Tourism Authority for their offer of assistance, and hope that the event may be revived in the future with their assistance and further planning. If you are interested in such an endeavour, please contact the Secretary at [email protected]”