Grenada Gets Set to Kick Off 2013 Yachting and Sailing Season

Strategically positioned to the south of the Grenadines island chain, Grenada provides a great base to host sailing and yachting events.

Offering a wealth of sheltered anchorages, year-round good weather, clear waters in which to sail, plenty of activities ashore and a wide range of top class facilities and services, Grenada has emerged as one of the one of the premier yachting centers in the region.

“The destination’s waters offer some of the best sailing in the Caribbean, enabling us to host an exciting and diverse calendar of events,” said Dr. George Vincent, minister of tourism, civil aviation and culture for Grenada. “Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique boast a year-round list of regattas and races that not only test the sailing skills but highlight the islands’ unique blend of great sailing and great Grenadian hospitality."

Grenada Sailing Week Camper & Nicholsons Race Series runs from January 31 – February 5. It invites sailors from around the world to come and “Sail de Spice.” This newly announced international yacht racing event consists of four days of competitive racing, one Lay Day on one of Grenada’s pristine beaches and six nights of hot parties. Part of the Southern Caribbean Regatta Circuit, the celebrations extend to a second weekend for a popular Work Boat Regatta from Grand Anse Beach.

The Grenada Sailing Festival Heritage Work Boat Regatta, which takes place February 9-10, traditionally features boats used for fishing from all over the island. These boats take part in Le Mans style sailing races competing in categories ranging from junior to senior. It is set against a backdrop of a beach party complete with local DJ, traditional steel pan, barbeque and lots of drinks.

The South Grenada Regatta, taking place February 21-23, offers the thrill of sailing on warm waters, vibrant music and authentic Grenadian food. Come to Grenada for the Annual South Grenada Regatta to experience all this and more. The young and old, local and international all unite to share their love of the ocean that creates a festive atmosphere. Three major races with five categories, a pirate’s trail, dinghy racing and a huge racing party with a barbeque and live music will conclude the Regatta. Prepare for an exciting weekend of great sailing and good fun at the Le Phare Bleu Marina and Boutique Hotel.

Carriacou Regatta, which is from August 3-6, is one of the most intriguingly diverse in the Caribbean. The event attracts competitors from around the world with work boats, racing boats, sailing boats and yachts. The event features races to Grenada, Union Island and Bequia; the Miss 'Aquaval' Pageant and other on shore activities and games, including the entertaining donkey race and other sporting events.

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