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Preparing for Disaster

hurricane matthews pathwayA tropical wave, named 97L, formed off the coast of Africa in late September, travelled west across the Atlantic, and upon reaching the Eastern Caribbean became Hurricane Matthew on September 28th 2016. Matthew rapidly intensified and became a Category 5 storm on September 30th and proceeded to track northwards, towards Haiti, Cuba and ultimately The Bahamas and on to the US East Coast.

Labelled a major storm and significant threat from early on, Matthew was taken very seriously by the Bahamian population. Preparations began early, and picked up pace as Matthew moved, ever so slowly, closer. Matthew had the capital, New Providence in his path and the residents were taking no chances. By the mid afternoon on Wednesday the 5th

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ERA Dupuch Real Estate once again sponsored Team ERA to compete in the GAFFW triathlon event in Treasure Cay Abaco this past week-end with the Olympic Event held on Saturday March 21st, 2015.

Sunrise

We all rubbed our eyes, rolled out of bed at Oh Dark Thirty and wandered over to the staging area in Treasure Cay next to the gorgeous 3 mile, world-renowned beach. It was pitch black! Soon enough as the sun was rising the swimmers set off and the race was on!

 Getting Ready

Katie Roach swam an impressive speed at 22.35 minutes for the 1500 metre distance (pretty much 1 mile) in the unusually very murky water (created by large ocean swells from the day before) and I hopped on my bike and peddled madly down the Great Abaco Highway even having to negotiate a 300 yard

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Team ERA is once again in training as they get ready to compete in the annual GAFFW Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend this weekend in Treasure Cay. See GAFFW They will be competing in the Olympic Event, in the water will be Katie Roach, and on the bike will be our very own Ken Chaplin – and for the first time the runner will be 13 year old Joshua Kelly of Abaco. (Ken is delighted as this brings down the average age of the team considerably) Wish them good luck!…..Photos next week so standby!

Ken Chaplin Triathlete

Want more info on riding or competing in triathlons in The Bahamas, write Ken! Ken's email He has been riding and representing Team ERA for at least seven years! 

Where is Treasure Cay? Treasure Cay is in Abaco, very close to Florida! Treasure

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