26th January 2016
Minister Michael was present amongst other Tourism Officials, family, friends and well-wishers of the crew of four namely Angus Collins, Gus Barton, Jack Mayhew and Josef Barnett.
"Let me first say congratulations to you Ocean Reunion for not only reaching our shores, but crossing the finish line in record time", Minister Michael remarked. He noted that "Your journey was a brave and courageous one. Delight yourselves in our warm hospitality and our delicacies that are uniquely Antiguan. Your memories have just begun."
The Hon. Minister is cognizant of the tremendous contributions that the race will have on the national economy.
"Over the next few weeks, we expect well over three hundred visitors, filling the hotel and guest rooms in the English Harbour area. That is indeed incredible. The efforts in my Ministry and indeed the National Parks Authority are paying considerable dividends", Michael stated.
Ocean Reunion was the first of 26 participants in the race that left San Sebastian in La Gomera and headed towards their finish line in the beautiful and historic Nelson's Dockyard.
The crew covered over 3,000 nautical miles in approximately 27 days. Antigua and Barbuda's very own Team Wadadli is currently in 13th place.
All teams in the event are rowing to raise funds for a charitable cause of their choice.