Crowds flock to Front Street for SailGP festivities – The Royal Gazette

Created: May 13, 2022 6:58 p.m.

SailGP Street Fest on Front Street. Gina Thompson, owner of Sniggles Face and Body Painting (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Festive crowds filled Front Street last night as Street Fest helped crowds prepare for SailGP.

Charles H Jeffers II, CEO of the Bermuda Tourism Authority, said the event was a “great reopening” of tourism on the island.

“After more than two years of virtual tourism hiatus, it was great to see all parts of Bermuda, young and old, engaging and interacting with visitors,” he said.

“Front Street was alive and the street was full of visitors and residents shopping, enjoying the entertainment, meeting our maritime community, and frequenting local restaurants and vendors.”

Mr. Jeffers thanked the event partners, including the Corporation of Hamilton, SailGP and Team Canada and congratulated the Working Title Band and DJ Chubb, who performed.

Tashae Thompson, BTA’s Director of Experiences, added: ‘It was nice to see our restaurants full again, our vendors saw great activity overnight.

“Cruise ship guests traveled from Dockyard and hotels sent their guests to town for entertainment.

“The SailGP Street Fest captured everything we worked on and it was a great kick off not only for SailGP but also for the return of touring.”

Dwayne Caines, CEO of the Corporation of Hamilton, also congratulated the BTA and SailGP for the event.

He said: “Seeing a bustling and vibrant city underscores what happens when local actors work together to make Bermuda a priority.”

A photo gallery of the event is available online.

The SailGP races are due to start tomorrow with a special ferry service for people from the East End who wish to attend the event from the Cross Island Event Village.

The special ferry will depart from Penno’s Wharf, St George’s at 11.30am on Saturday and Sunday and return at 6.30pm.

A BTA spokeswoman said that in addition to the races, the event village will host performances by Gombeys, Arijahknow Live Wires and the Kings Band, as well as DJ Rusty G.

A raft-up has also been arranged to take place at Mangrove Bay starting at 3.30pm tomorrow with music provided by Jugglin Jason.

SailGP Street Fest on Front Street. Photo- The Spirit of Bermuda (photograph by Akil Simmons)

SailGP Street Fest on Front Street. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

SailGP Street Fest on Front Street. Pictured – Working title strip (photograph by Akil Simmons)

SailGP Street Fest on Front Street. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

SailGP Street Fest on Front Street. Gina Thompson, owner of Sniggles Face and Body Painting (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

SailGP Street Fest on Front Street. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

SailGP Street Fest on Front Street. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

SailGP Street Fest on Front Street. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)