Fiji Regatta Always A Hit Says Joe Mar
The devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston early this year, had not stopped yachts from coming in for the 33rd Annual Fiji Regatta Weeks programme.
The signature event is hosted around the Malolo Waters by Musket Cove Island Resort and Marina.
Properties like Namotu Island Resort, Plantation Island Resort, Lomani Island Resort and Beachcomber Fiji Island Resort are also expected to benefit from this event.
Musket Cove manager, Joe Mar said this year’s event had been successful so far with few days left to go.
“The event has really given a lift in the tourism as far as sports tourism is concerned,” he said.
“If you take a look at the yachts now it is totally different to what we had in the last couple of years.
“Before, we had underestimated this sector but now when you look at it there are a lot of super yachts coming into the country.”
Tribute to Late Dick Smith
The Fiji Regatta Week has been a tradition around the Malolo waters as it originated from the legendary Dick Smith in 1984.
“He (Dick Smith) intended to do this Regatta to take recognition of all the sailors sailing into Fiji waters,” added Mr Mar.
According to Mr Mar, Musket Cove Marina and Yacht Club was one of the very first established in Fiji.
“So he (Dick Smith) utilised that opportunity to get all the yachts especially when the season comes to an end before the cyclone season comes in.
“It’s like a gesture to say thank you to all the sailors.”
Fiji Regatta Week
“So far it has been successful with over a 100 yachts taking part in the event this year but we have about 200 yachts out there,” he said.
“Not only that but flash ones including super yachts as well. We started off slow but it has been successful so far.
“It was more than what we had expected.
“They are here to have fun, and most of the prizes that we give are sponsored but then again they have a good spending power in terms of replenishing their goods on board etc.”
The event started on Saturday and will end today.
Edited by: farzana nisha