New Year’s Splash revellers getting sprayed with water from Chester Tearr’s water truck.
ST. EUSTATIUS–Statians were doused with water from the water truck during the third annual New Year’s Splash which took place on Monday.
The M-Star band was on hand to keep their guests entertained during the New Year’s Splash in front of Scubaqua dive shop. The dive shop organised the Splash in cooperation with The Old Gin House Grand Restaurant and Inn.
Many persons were on hand to participate in or watch the Splash. Unlike previous years there was no beach to start the Splash from. The passing of major Hurricanes Irma and Maria left the shoreline without sand. The organisers did not want anyone to get hurt, and therefore they arranged for a water truck to come and give the eager attendees a wet-down on the beachfront instead.
Sybolt ten Hoopen of The Old Gin House announced the new arrangements to the waiting sea bathers, who received the news with grand disappointment.
“This was an original solution for a problem. It prevented Splash participants from running into the water, which was deemed unsafe, due to beach erosion,” Ten Hoopen explained.
The crowd, which was all ready to get splashed, were asked to go to the beach, after which the water truck, under direction of Chester Tearr, turned on the waterspout. There were quite a few spectators present to witness the swimmers getting a wet-down.
“International travellers, divers and locals had a nice gathering between 4:00pm and 6:00pm enjoying Bob Marley tunes and a gorgeous first sunset of 2018,” Ten Hoopen said.
Scubaqua and The Old Gin House look back at a year during which hurricanes tested their business relationship, but they came out stronger and even better than before. “We are looking forward to putting a lot of heads in beds and under water,” Ten Hoopen said.
He said that diving is pristine after the large swells kicked up a lot of sand, revealing much of Statia’s underwater history.
“One can find blue beads, old bullets, bottles, and anything in between. The dive sites are in excellent condition and ready to be explored by local and international divers,” said Ten Hoopen.