Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Gorgeous Sailing @ Grenada

J/24s sailing Grenada Sailing Week (St Georges, Grenada, Caribbean)- Upbeat. Growing. Increasingly competitive.  Fabulous sunny weather with 10-20 kt trade-winds.  Loads of fun with a variety of entertainment at two  marinas (Port Louis Marina & Prickly Bay Marina).  And, an All-Inclusive Party on Saturday night with five great bands performing in Virgin Bay.  Plus, if you survived it, Sunday Lay Day gave sailors a chance to observe the workboat antics in the Grenada Sailing Festival racing off Grand Anse beach.

What’s wrong with this picture?

Well, like many other more famous sailing weeks in the Caribbean, “nothin’ mon!”

J/105 sailing fast off GrenadaIf you hadn’t heard yet, Grenada is one of the Caribbean’s truly fantastic destinations.  Grenada Sailing Week lasts for seven days but for those who can stay longer, Grenada and its surrounding islands have much to offer.

Grenada is not just a sailing destination; the tropical interior is mountainous with rivers and stunning waterfalls flowing into the sea. Known as the “Spice Island,” Grenada is one of the largest producers of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg in the world and the locally made chocolate is heaven to taste.  Plus, Grenada is blessed with some of the most awe-inspiring beaches in the Caribbean; Grand Anse Beach, near the capital St. Georges, is one of the most popular and is famous throughout the Caribbean!

Oh, can’t forget the sailing part.  Did everyone have fun?  “You bet mon!”  With sailing teams from the USA, United Kingdom, France, Austria, Barbados, Antigua, St Lucia, Trinidad, and Grenada the sailors clearly had more than their fair share of “fun.”  In addition to the CSA handicap keelboats, seven J/24 one-designs sailed their own courses literally right off the beach!

J/105 sailing Grenada Sailing WeekThe J/Tribe in attendance apparently had a scream.  Local rock star Peter Lewis sailed his J/105 WHISTLER to a 2nd in CSA Racing class, nearly winning after posting five bullets!  Hal Slentz-Whalen’s J/125 EAGLES WINGS absolutely won the party, but not the sailing in CSA Racer Cruiser 1 class.

In the J/24 Class, Robbie Yearwood’s DIE HARD/ ISLAND WATER WORLD (the regatta sponsor) pretty much “schooled” his colleagues in J/24 racing, compiling six 1sts, six 2nds, three 3rds and two 4ths in a SEVENTEEN race series!  Imagine that!  Seventeen races off the beach.  And, they loved it!  Next on the podium was Stephen Bushe’s AMBUSHE, giving the DIE HARD boys a serious run-for-the-money, other than the fact they had to take a DNF then DNS on their first day of racing.  Third was Fred Sweeney’s ATTITUDE.   Sailing Photo Credits- Tim Wright/  For more Grenada Sailing Week sailing information