YACHTIES competing at the 29th Fiji Regatta paid tribute to one of Fiji's tourism greats — the late Robert "Dick" Smith — during the final day of the annual event at Musket Cove Island Resort.
Close friend and organiser Jack Hargrove said all competitors knew that Dick had been the main reason they were able to be part of the event.
"We miss him very much of course and it's good to see that everybody is aware of what he's done around here by building this place and providing an area where yachties like us can come and enjoy some great sailing and also this great beautiful area.
"They know that he started all of this and I guess it is a fitting tribute for him that they all turn up today (yesterday) and during the week to be part of the race," said Mr Hargrove.
Mr Smith passed away earlier at the island resort in late July and was farewelled by some of the tourism industry's biggest names.
Mr Smith was one of the pioneers of Fiji's tourism industry and was responsible for the building of Fiji's first ever island resort in the Mamanuca's.
Mr Hargrove said this year's event was a success compared to previous years.
"We had great entries and although the wind was not all that good, we still did good. We had a great a bunch of people as part of the race and that's something that we'll always achieve to have every year.
"We haven't had any complaint which is something very good for us."
Yesterday the Reggata held the Around Malolo Island race with 17 teams taking part in the event. The annual race ends today.