By Jude Opara
IT was fun and excitement for boat race lovers in Lagos, as the fourth edition of the Lagos Yacht Club Annual Boat Racing Competition sponsored by Nigerian Bottling Company held recently at the Lagos Yacht Club, Onikan , Lagos
At the end of the rounds of the competition, which was witnessed by a large crowd of boat race lovers, including school children and foreigners from different parts of the world, prizes were awarded in three categories – Combined Monohull Class, Hobie Class and the Lightning Class.
A total of 22 boats took part in the 2016 edition of the completion, but 19 boats were able to complete the race.
Speaking at the end of the competition, the National Sales Director, Nigerian Bottling Company Limited, Mr. Dan Fratila, said that Nigerian Bottling Company Regatta Cup was part of his company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives.
“ Nigerian Bottling Company is a company that encourages people to do sports and we are trying to encourage people to embrace boat racing as a sport and a lifestyle “ Dan Fratila said.
“We have been doing so through football and many other sporting activities. Nigerian has been a very good business ground for us over the years and as we make profit, it is also good we give back to the society. This NBC Coca-Cola Regatta Cup is part of our CRS to the people,” he added.
Dan Fratila, a cyclist, tennis player and a marathoner further stated that his company would continue to support the Lagos Yacht Club, which according to him, had been a ‘good client’ for 20 years now.
Also speaking during the competition, the Sailing Secretary, Lagos Yacht Club, Mr. David Mcnaught, applauded the effort of all the participants for their zeal and determination, adding that the NBC Coca-Cola Regatta Cup would continue to grow.
Some of the participant who won prizes at this year’s competition was, Marc Coakley, Julian Hardy, Morten Foght, Paul Okereke, Mike Barnes, Lanre Mabawonku, Alan Davies and John Shidiak.