Updated News Release: Hamilton, Bermuda May 4, 2019 – The St George’s Marine Expo scheduled to take place tomorrow, (Sunday, May 5) on Ordnance Island has been postponed until Sunday, May 19th due the weekend to a forecast of inclement weather.
A spokesperson said: “The latest forecast is for SW winds 18 -22 with showers and potential thunder late Sunday morning into the afternoon.
“Based on this information and speaking to many of the key stakeholders, the event committee have unfortunately decided to postpone the St George’s Marine Expo until Sunday, May 19th.
“While we regret the need to postpone, safety and considerations to our participants and attendees requires a clear decision in this matter.
“We hope that you will all join us in two weeks as we look forward to hosting this event.”
Earlier this week, the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) along with Title Sponsor, RUBIS Energy Bermuda, urged members of the public to come out and enjoy the 4th Annual St. George’s Marine Expo.
Marine Expo 2019 will showcase the many businesses, organizations and opportunities involved in Bermuda’s Maritime Industry. The Bermuda Powerboat Association (BPBA) will have race boats on display and will also launch their race season for the planned series in St. George’s Harbour with a minimum of two races, but could have as many as 4, dependent on the number of registered teams. As stated by Robert Cardwell, Commodore of the BPBA, “Viewing the race from Ordnance Island will be spectacular, as all races bring elements of excitement.”
The Expo encourages activity in the Town of St George by targeting boating and marine enthusiasts from across the island, with a small committee consisting of representatives from BEDC, Bermuda Yacht Services, The St George’s Foundation, and the Corporation of St George working hard to make this event an annual success.
According to BEDC MSME Director, Ray Lambert, “Every year the event has grown with both attendance and participation. Our goal is to showcase both the Maritime Industry and the Town of St. George. The event is a great opportunity to highlight products and services and we really appreciate the support from all our sponsors”.
Event Co-founder, Mark Soares of Bermuda Yacht Service, says “The event is important and a great opportunity to show your wares and services to the public. Ordnance Island is an excellent venue for the Expo, and we look forward to the continued success of this event.”
Graham Redford, Managing Director of Rubis Energy Bermuda Ltd., says, “RUBIS is pleased to be the Lead Sponsor for Marine Expo 2019. After the successful launch of Marine Expo in 2018, we are excited to be able to continue our partnership with this event. Rubis is happy to support initiatives that drive business to the Town and bring tangible economic benefits to the local businesses. It is also a great way to bring the community closer together and celebrate our strong maritime heritage.”
The BIOS team is “delighted to support the St George’s Marine Expo once again. We look forward to showcasing our research vessel, the RV Atlantic Explorer and sharing information about our science and education programs with the general public.” And this will be the Endeavour team’s 4th consecutive event and they are excited to provide sailing taster sessions on the water with their Endeavour Graduates and Endeavour Maritime Careers Springboard Programme alumni.
This year’s Marine Expo will be host to 70 participating businesses and organizations with thousands of attendees expected throughout the day. In the words of Jennifer Pitcher, Community Engagement, Development & Partnerships Manager of Endeavor Community Sailing, “It’s a fun, family-friendly event that brings together our Island community through Bermuda’s maritime heritage and we can’t think of a better place than St George’s to host the event given its historical significance.”
In the event of inclement weather the “rain date” will be Sunday, May 19th from 11 am – 6pm.
- About BEDC: The Bermuda Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is Bermuda’s source of free, confidential business advice. The mission is to actively assist the development of a strong, well-managed and prosperous local business sector in Bermuda. The key objective of the BEDC remains providing a broad range of business advice, counsel and financial assistance to local businesses in Bermuda
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