The 47th Annual Bernie Butler/BASRA Swim race is scheduled to take place August 19 at Coral Beach from 9:00 a.m. the much anticipated annual event is the largest Swim race and beach party of the year.
Directly after the competition is the beach party from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m, the U. S. Coast Guard returns with their dramatic demonstrations which includes a chase and a rescue scene.
BASRA Chairman Eddie Whan explained that this year they plan even more activities than before including; Tug-O-War, egg toss and more. Wahn expressed his enthusiasm to confirm the return of Grand Bahama’s ever popular Uppercut 242 Band to perform for second year in a row saying, “With the wide variety of tunes from different genres that cater to just about everyone, we’re excited to bring Uppercut 242 back to kick our beach party into full swing.
The BASRA Chairman stressed the urgent need for the Grand Bahama community to continue their financial support of their most worthy cause by coming out to Coral Beach on Saturday August 19 for an awesome time.
Since 1960 the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association of Grand Bahama made its mandate to save persons in distress on the sea. Solely manned and operated by volunteers, BASRA has saved many lives and been involved in thousands of rescues.
Basra Grand Bahama 47th Annual Swim Race
Saturday, August 19 from 6 Am – 6 Pm
Coral Beach, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
This annual swim race and beach party raises funds for the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA). It features live music by Uppercut 242, DJ music, and food and drinks will be on sale.
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island – Grand Bahama’s favorite multi-genre band, Uppercut 242 has been booked for the 47th Annual Bernie Butler BASRA Swim & Beach Party on August 19th, 2017. The band is excited to return to the beach after an overwhelming response in 2016. Bandleader David Mackey stated.
“It’s an incredible experience to perform for Grand Bahama’s biggest beach party for a second year. We have just expanded our band with 2 incredible new members; Syd Collie on vocals and keyboards and Massawe Dean on vocals and percussion. I should also mention that we have a hot new Bass player, although Bonzi Ferguson has been with us longer than Massawe and Syd, he did not perform the BASRA event with us last year.”
Mr. Mackey went on to say, “Uppercut 242 now comprises seven members and our vocals are TDF. Because our band caters to everyone, The BASRA event is perfect fit for BASRA.”
Uppercut 242 features the the dynamic Javan Hunt (lead vocals), bandleader David Mackey on wailing Guitars from the Grammy Nominated T-Connection band; our drummer, David ‘Shakey’ Williams is the T Connection concert drummer he also raps and singss backing vocals. Shaquita Stubbs is our keyboard player who also sings lead and back ups; Bonzi Ferguson is our young killer Bassman, Syd Collie sings lead and backing vocals and plays 2nd keyboard, Massawe Dean sings lead and backing vocals and plays percussion.
‘Taking it to the Streets’ ‘Rollin on a River’ into the ‘White Room’ at ‘China Grove’ to see ‘What Happens in The Party stays in the party’ when we eat ‘Cake by the Ocean’ with a ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘That’s The way it is’ if you ‘Remember the Time’ with ‘Billie Jean’ it’s ‘Human Nature’ to ‘Listen to the Music’ of Grand Bahama’s ultimate high energy multi-genre band Uppercut 242!
The 47th Annual Bernie Butler/BASRA Swim race is still one of the top summertime attractions for residents and tourists alike. The swim race and exhibition will take place once again August 19 at Coral Beach at 9:00 a.m. Following the competition, along with the beach party that begins from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m, the U. S. Coast Guard will be back with their demonstrations, including a chase and a rescue scene.
BASRA Chairman Eddie Whan sat with The Freeport News and discussed that the committee is looking to “spice” things up, this year, a little more and noted some possible additions to the already activity-filled day.
“We’re looking to spice it up a little bit. We’re looking to have some games – Tug-O-War and maybe an egg toss. We’re bouncing around ideas to see what’s best suited for it.
“Again we just want to ask the support of the community financially and also to show up and support us on the day of, which they usually do. Every year we have a huge turn out.”
Whan mentioned that it has been facing some “financial difficulty” recently. Nonetheless Whan and company were determined to make sure the race would still happen, even if the funding had to be done personally.
“Mr. David Bell, Collin Rose, Brian Collins, Mr. Bradley’s going to be a part of it as every year that whole team does an excellent job on the time keeping, setting the course up. And with the start boats, and finish boats and safety boats and the buoys I want to thank all of them for all the years of support and we look forward to another 47 years.
“But right now it’s been rough, it’s going to be a little tough but we’re going to make it happen. It’s going to happen and we’re looking for tremendous support and we’re looking to make some money for BASRA this year.”
Competition wise, Whan disclosed that this year’s swim meet could feature a number of international participants.
“Internationally we have a lot more internationals that are showing more support this year and would like to come. Nassau, we always get a bunch of swimmers, and also from Grand Bahama.
“And it seems, this year, that we got a lot of interest from quite a few swimmers. So far by the looks of it we’re even topping last year and that was a tremendous swim.”
The funds raised by this event go a long way in helping BASRA provide top-notch emergency services. BASRA as an entity speaks to the entire community and was noted as “the organization that would assist you in your time of need day or night.”
Speaking with Whan this past Friday, he revealed that last Wednesday there were two rescues that occurred.
“We did two rescues on Wednesday and communicated with the Defense Force to get in touch with Nassau for a sailboat that was in distress off the Berry Islands.
“We do a lot more than people do know. This is a daily activity for us. We get phone calls whether we’re directly involved in the rescue or whether we coordinate. Sometimes it’s beyond our reach off Grand Bahama and so we’d liaison with the Defence Force who would take it from there and look after it.”
He furthered that some missions would take efforts from BASRA, the Coast Guard, Defence Force and sometimes a private aircraft.”
The event is a community-based effort to garner as much support as they possibly can. A number of sponsorship tents have been sold and will be on full display come August 19.
With out these generous people and their companies it would be next to impossible for Basra to be having our 45th Annual Swim race/Beach Party.
The Peter Higgs Party
Grand Bahama Ship Yard
Freeport Ship Services
Shoreline Distributors LTD
Panama Jack Bahamas
Mr. Tyrone Moss
Mr. Ryan Lowe and Global Tech.
Now Thats A Party
Coral Beach Hotel
Nautical Marine – d’Von M. Archer
(a few more to come)
Special Thanks to Jill Bradley, John Bradley , all the Bradley’s, Bert Bell, Kay Hardy, all the time keepers who help make the swim what it is, Rotary Clubs on Grand Bahama with out you guys grillin we would starve, my board of Directors and Administrator- stay strong it is almost over…
and a special Thank you to my Chairman of Fundraising Mr. Eddie Whan, you are doing a great job and have made things happen that only you could… This years event is going to be a huge success due to your hard work and countless hours of dedication, Thank you Thank you and Thank you…