It is once again one of the most exciting times of the year for sailing sports in Grenada. If you have not had the chance to experience the Caribbean Regatta season in Grenada, here is your opportunity to do so. From January 31st are three (3) major sailing festivals; Grenada Sailing Week, Grenada Sailing Festival and South Grenada Regatta.
Grenada Sailing Week
Grenada Sail Week replaced the Keelboat Regatta previously organized by the Grenada Sailing Festival. Sailors from across the globe are invited to come to “Sail de Spice” and enjoy the week long activities. Carded for January 31 to February 5 it promises to be four days of competitive racing, with one ‘Lay Day’ on a beautiful beach and six nights of hot parties!
The event schedule is as follow:
- Thursday 31 Jan – Skippers’ Briefing and Welcome Party at the Victory Bar and Restaurant
- Friday 1 Feb – Camper & Nicholson Pirate Themed Party, held at Port Louis Marina
- Saturday 2 Feb – Mount Gay Red Cap party
- Sunday 3 Feb – Lay Day, giving participants time to explore Grenada and relax
- Monday 4 Feb – Sea Hawk Paints Party
- Tuesday 5 Feb – Island Water World Party
While the festival is filled with fun and excitement, sailors will be competing in categories of Racing 1 & 2, Cruising 1 & 2, Charter, and Multihull with every intention of winning. Lots of fun can be expected throughout the week despite the sailors’ fierce battles for supremacy. Competitors from Grenada, Carriacou, Trinidad, Barbados, UK, and USA have already started registering for the competition.
Grenada Sailing Festival
The 20th Anniversary of the Grenada Sailing Festival will be held on February 1 to February 3 on one the island’s most famous locations, Grand Anse Beach. The festival will showcase two spectacular days of competitive racing in boats from the traditional fishing communities of Gouyave, Grand Mal, Sauteurs and Woburn as well as from the sister islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique. These boats are made from local materials such as wood and bamboo and though most are designed solely to compete in these types of events, sailors also use fishing boats (work boats) from which they make their living, to compete. This adds a unique touch to the festival.
South Grenada Regatta
The 5th edition of the South Grenada Regatta will be held February 20 to 24 at Le Phare Bleu Marina & Boutique Hotel. Four major races with five categories will be held in addition to a Match Racing day, Pirate’s Trail, Junior Racing and Dinghy Racing with a series of after parties with live music.
The event starts out with a special Dinghy Concert to be held on Wednesday February 20 which involves a Skippers Briefing followed by a Countdown Party. On Friday 22 there will be two Fleet races ending with a Prize-giving ceremony and party with live music. Saturday 23 is Match Racing, Junior Sailing, Pirate’s Trail, Power Boat Rides, day followed by a Prize-giving ceremony and party with live music. To round off the Regatta Sunday 24, two Fleet Races and Pirate’s Trail are the attractions for the day with the event’s final Prize-giving ceremony and party with live music to follow.