Sat | Dec 16, 2017

Kingston stages first annual Boat Fest

Published:Tuesday | November 28, 2017 | 12:00 AM
The Kingston Boat Fest will feature a colourful array of some of the finest, most luxurious power and sail boats to adorn the Kingston Harbour.

The Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ) joins the Kingston & St Andrew Development and Homecoming Foundation and its other stakeholders in the staging of the first annual Kingston Boat Fest! The highly-anticipated event will take place at Kingston Waterfront on Sunday, December 17. It is being put on in association with the Royal Jamaica Yacht Club and is the primary event of the Foundation's 2017 Homecoming celebration activities.

Executive director of the Foundation, George Watson, said: "The Kingston Boat Fest will feature a colourful array of some of the finest, most luxurious power and sail boats to adorn the Kingston Harbour - the world's seventh largest natural harbour. The boats will parade from Port Royal to downtown Kingston, along the Palisadoes Strip, Rae Town Beach and Ocean Boulevard."

 

FAMILY AFFAIR

 

The Boat Fest aims to highlight and promote Kingston Harbour as one of Jamaica's finest water resources for recreation, water sport and shipping. "As a first for Kingston, the Boat Fest will be a spectacular family affair, providing an opportunity for Jamaicans and visitors to see another side of our culture in all its glory," Watson said.

Planning of the event, which is underway, is being coordinated by a special committee of the Kingston and St Andrew Homecoming Foundation including the Shipping Association of Jamaica, the Caribbean Maritime University, the Ministry of Transport and Mining, the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, the Royal Jamaica Yacht Club, and the Jamaica Defence Force.

In addition to the display and parade of vessels, students from the Caribbean Maritime University will be participating in the events and the SAJ will have a shipping exhibition along Ocean Boulevard.

Established in 2016, the Kingston and St Andrew Development and Homecoming Foundation is charged with mobilising and channelling resources to help improve the quality of life of citizens in the Corporate Area. The members are Chairman Steadman Fuller; Dr Patricia Dunwell; Donna Parchment Brown; Jean Lowrie-Chin; Morin Seymour; Robert Hill and Joylene Griffiths Irving.