Hundreds gather in Oistins climax
Hundreds took part in the climax of the 41st Oistins Fish Festival yesterday, with defending champion Tyrone Shorey proving that he still had both the pace and the skill to hold on to his title in the Dolphin Skinning Competition, which he has dominated for the past 15 years.
The other three competitors were really fighting for second place as Shorey once again demonstrated why he was the undisputed Dolphin Skinning King after he skinned, deboned and filleted a dolphin in just over one minute, easily walking away with the $1, 000 prize.
In the Chefette Fish Boning Competition, it was less about pace and more about clean, precise cuts and presentation with Jacqueline Norgrove showing that she had what it took, as she boned 12 fish with style, forcing defending champion Gracelyn Moseley into second place this year.
Members of the public also got an opportunity to showcase their fish boning skills, as they scaled and boned two flying fish for the ‘small fortune’ of $100.
However, it was the ever popular Chefette Greasy Pole Competition that drew the largest crowd as locals and tourists alike looked on in awe, as ten young men tried to conquer the greasy pole.
In the end, it would be Team Oistins, led by Ramone Drayton, who would emerge victorious. The five-man team took just over ten minutes to make it to the top the pole, and an elated Drayton later told Barbados TODAY they came in with a plan and knew once they worked together they could reach the pinnacle.
However, it was not all fun and games in Oistins yesterday as many fisherfolk reacted to news of the passing of Angela Watson, a pioneer in the fisheries industry and former president of the Barbados National Union of Fisherfolk Organisations (BARNUFO).
Current president Vernell Nicholls said Watson, who headed BARNUFO from 1999 to 2006, was committed to both the fishing industry and fisherfolk.
“She was not afraid to speak her mind, especially about injustices to persons in the industry,” Nicholls said as members of the community observed a minute’s silence in Watson’s honour.
During Fisherman’s Week in June, BARNUFO will honour Watson for her contribution to the industry. (KH)