Lagos sailors relish TMS Harbour Race experience
It was celebration galore as the Lagos Yacht Club held its Harbour Race competition at the Magazine Point, Marina Lagos. Known as the ‘TMS Harbour Race,’ the carnival-like race attracted top personalities from all spheres of life.
Sailors participated in two classes of competition, including Hobbie and Mono Hull, with winners rewarded for their spirit of sportsmanship. In the Hobbie class, Elie Avy and Tunde Mustapha finished the race in two hours 10:53 minutes, Jay Smulders and Natacha Smulders recorded two hours 14:30 minutes, while Bradley Adam and Elena Costello finished in two hours 18:11 minutes to place first, second and third respectively.
In the Mono Hull class, Julian Hardy and Laurens Kreuze finished in one hour 49:50 minutes to claim the first position ahead of Mike Barnes, an Olympic sailor, who participated along with Lanre Mabawonku. They concluded the race in one hour 51:17 minutes to place second, while the trio of Will Grace, Zein Alzein and Eric Peute, who made it in one hour 52:54 minutes, were third.
Explaining the importance of the competition, Managing Director of TMS U.K. Limited, Rogerson John, said yacht racing is an avenue for people to come together, celebrate and combat the fear of the unknown whilst sailing.“The aim is to explore different sectors and ensure togetherness whereby giving back to the society,” said Rogerson, who is also founder of TMS UK Limited.Cyril Ayemere, Chairman, TMS Nigeria, explained that the competition was conceived to encourage people to sail.Ayemere added TMS was committed to the harbour race to unite people from different races and sectors to come together and overcome the fear of the unknown. “Safety measures are put in place, while we ensure a good weather condition for a hitch free sailing,” he stated.
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