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Sunrise Centre’s ‘HMS Conch Pearl’ finally sets sail

Logistical issues kept the Sunrise Centre’s entry in the Pirates Week cardboard regatta high-and-dry earlier this month, and Friday (23 November) the HMS Conch Pearl finally saw her maiden voyage.

Even an energetic swashbuckler couldn’t deter the launch of the Conch Pearl. The roughly 30-foot cardboard vessel was slightly worse for the wear after two weeks in storage, but Sunrise Centre Director Kim Voaden said nothing was going to stop Friday’s launch.

“She will sail, the Conch Pearl will sail,” said Ms. Voaden. “We didn’t build a boat just to have it on sit on land, so the point of today is to bring everything to closure for our clients and to really celebrate the blood sweat and tears that went into building such a monumental vessel.”

Damaged in transit, the Conch Pearl was not expected to stay afloat long, but Sunrise staff and clients celebrated the occasion anyway, with a breezy outdoor barbecue at West Bay’s Garvin Park.

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