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Pineapple Cup celebrates

Published:Sunday | February 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera
Joycelyn Stone accepts a plaque on behalf of the winning team 'Shockwave' from JetBlue Airways' Marlon Wright.
Fromleft: Denny Chandiram, Barry Byrne and Trina DeLisser are all smiles for our camera.
Gleaner director, Winston Dear and wife Denise, refused to leave the dancefloor.
Pineapple Cup Race coordinator, Evelyn Harrington in a jovial mood with Shawn Burke.
Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Glendon Harris shares lens time with the Jamaica Tourist Board's regional director, Janice Allen.
Attorney-at-law, Jacqueline Hamilton (left) and friend Teresa Mullet dancing up a storm at the Pineapple Cup Race awards.
Regional Director of the Jamaica Tourist Board Janice Allen (centre) is flanked by Pineapple Race competitors, Simon Thomas (left) and William Plant during the awards ceremony of the 32nd anniversary of the race at the Montego Bay Yacht Club.
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WESTERN BUREAU:

Seafarers and boating lovers donned their finest garb to pay tribute to those who completed one of the toughest Pineapple Cup races in 32 years, at an awards ceremony at the Montego Bay Yacht Club last Friday night.

Held on the eve of Valentine's Day, Cupid was very active, making his rounds and showering a lot of love on the winning boat - Shockwave from the United States. Although members of the winning party had to return to Florida before accepting their prize, those who stayed for the glitzy affair celebrated their success.

The event, which started in 1961, runs from Miami to Montego Bay, and now occurs every two years, and had 12 entries coming from several cities in the US, including Chicago, Atlanta, New York and Florida, complemented by a Jamaican team from Montego Bay.

The Jamaican skipper, was no other than the yacht club's commodore, Nigel Knowles, who received so many bruises during the trip to Jamaica that he is suggesting a name change from Pineapple Cup, to 'Spine-cracking Cup'.

The well-attended event was punctuated with immense laughter, camaraderie, and anecdotes of their days at sea.

This year's event was supported by the Jamaica Tourist Board, JetBlue Airways, Appleton Estate Rum, Doctor's Cave Beach, Select Brands, Budget, Juici Patties, Wisynco and CafÈ Blue.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com