Grenada Sailing Week 2015
Sam's Caribbean Campaign started with Grenada Sailing Week, running from 29th January to the 3rd of February.Jo Cave, Josh Pennell (non member) and I sailed Sam down from
Antigua, arriving as planned on Wed 28 Jan. There we were joined by
the rest of the crew - Joe Cross, Bjorn Wentlandt and Zoe Lyall.
Although the event 'started' on 29 Jan, that was in actual fact
registration day, so we registered. Then we went for a practice/training sail.
The first part of the regatta is based at Port Louis, just across the
harbour from the capital, St. Georges. Port Louis is a modern marina
operated by Camper & Nicholson and very nice it is too. Racing is
based there for the Friday and Saturday, when the final race took us
round the coast to Prickly Bay where we had a lay-day on the Sunday
and 2 more days racing on Mon and Tues.
So havng practiced and trained hard on the Thursday, we were keen for
the first race to begin. We got a good start and worked our way up
the first beat and we were pleased to round the mark in first place.
And that was about as well as we did all week! Our best result was
third in one race, apart from that we were about mid fleet.
After the frist day's racing as is often the case in Caribbean
regattas, there was a Mount Gay Rum party where they were handing out
the well known red caps (these are valuable as they entitle you to a
free distillery tour in Barbados - otherwise it costs about 8 USD),
somehow I managed to get one that said 'BVI Spring Regatta' rather
than 'Grenada Sailing Week'. Unfortunately I lost it later that
evening. (But I have several and have already done the distillery
From the Saturday we were based at Prickly Bay. Sunday was lay-day,
giving crews the opportunity to see a bit more of the island, which
is spectacular and well worth a tour, or simply chilling out on the
beach and drinking beer. Most of our crew did the latter as they had
either seen the island before, or were staying on for a few days
after racing so they would have the opportunity for 'being a tourist' then.
2 more days racing and a very good prize-giving party and suddenly
the reagatta was over. Grenada is a fabulous island, one of the most
beautiful of the windward islands so I was glad to be able to do the
regatta there. With only 6 on board we struggled a bit but always
coped and had a laugh all the way round the course.