March 5, 2010
Gum boats sail with Digicel sponsorship

Digicel has made sure that the gum boats will sail in Canouan this year.{{more}}

Last Friday, President of the Gum Boat Club Albert Ollivierre collected a sponsorship cheque from Digicel’s Marketing Manager Juno DeRoche.

Ollivierre said that the money would go towards the launch of the Gum Boat Club on March 28th, while some of the funds would be used to hold a fish fest and gum boat races and fiesta on Sunday, March 14, National Heroes Day, and Monday, March 15.

Thanking Digicel for being a major sponsor, Ollivierre said: “When you go sailing, you go sailing with Digicel. They are the best way to go, as you can carry your phone while sailing and correspond with your partners ashore”.

He added: “This sponsorship will allow persons to be rewarded with trophies, cash prizes and other giveaways for their hard work”.

Gum boats are built from what persons in Canouan call the “gum tree”. The boats are about five feet long, and according to Ollivierre: “The boat is like a yacht, and it’s amazing to see how they perform”.