Monday, September 10, 2012

In Regattas, the Haitian sloops used as work boats become temporary racing craft

Regattas are important social events in many family island settlements in the Caribbean, says Wikipedia.

Regattas usually feature one or more days of sailing by old-fashioned work boats as well as an onshore festival.

A sloop (from Dutch sloep, in turn from French chaloupe) is a sail boat with a single mast and a fore-and-aft rig comprising a mainsail and a single foresail.