PARTICIPANTS of this year's Fiji Annual Regatta Week are looking forward to another great week of competition and entertainment which kicks-off at Musket Cove Resort tomorrow.
New Zealand couple Bill and Hazel Saunders together with their fellow Australian competitors Lionel and Irene Bass are eager to be part of this year's 31st anniversary.
Seventy-one-year-old Bill Saunders said they had been part of this competition for the past five years and they loved the atmosphere.
He said the competition also enabled them to meet many new friends from around the globe.
"I am 71 years old and my wife Hazel is 76 and we just love coming to this competition," said Saundres.
"This is our sixth time to be in the competition and we are looking forward to meeting some new friends.
"We come here to have fun and the atmosphere is fantastic.
"The local people are doing a wonderful job and the facilities are excellent.
"It's going to be a good and a lot of fun apart from the serious event."
First-timers Lionel and Irene Bass of Perth, Australia, said they were excited to be part of the competition.
"This is our first time to Fiji and we are looking forward to a great week of fun and festivity," said Lionel.
"We heard of this competition from some of our friends and we just can't wait to join."
The two couples will be joined by more than 70 other competitors from aroound the world during the five-day competition.
Musklet Cove Resort sales and marketing manager Kini Saukuru said the tournament response from overseas participants had been overwhelming.
"Participants this year have travelled in from as far as South Africa, Gibraltar, Cayman Islands, United Kingdom, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Canada, Switzerland and Germany," she said.
"There a couple of registration being received from the local yacht clubs mainly Royal Suva Yacht Club, Vuda Marina and Denarau."
The opening will be held today with the tournament proper commencing of the Pirates Race day to Beachcomber Islands tomorrow.