Crab & Goat Racing – it’s a Caribbean tradition! Just take a peek at the headline below from a 1968 edition of the Chicago Tribune. With the absence of goats here in The Abacos, it’s just crab races for us.
Both land crabs and hermit crabs are popularly used for crab racing (hermit crabs are better if you’re racing on a table or bar top). The land crabs we use for racing here in the Abacos have a large claw and a small one (the large one is used for defense, the small for offense) – both of which are best avoided.
Racing is very simple – the crabs are started from the same point (generally held under a bucket or bowl) and the first one to cross the line is the winner. Courses are either a circle, allowing crabs to pan outwards in all directions, or a straight course.
- Choose one with long legs!
- Bigger is better in this case as they’ll overcome obstacles like grass and rocks more easily.
- Crabs are sound sensitive; the louder you cheer on your champion, the more it will hustle!
Interested? We’re having our own crab race event this coming Thanksgiving! Get more information here.