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#1 Mar 29, 2018 3:52 pm

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Kayak workboat racing....

Every society has its sporting passion, its national pastime.  England has its football, America baseball, the Caribbean cricket.  But for tiny Carriacou, bereft of football fields or cricket pitches (baseball was unheard of), its sporting mania is sailboat racing. 

Fishermen race every day of their lives.  To be the first out in the morning, first to reach the fishing grounds, first to market.  Even when they aren't racing, they race; it's steeped in the blood.  My boat just HAS to be faster than yours.  The inevitable rivalries would often be settled on impromptu Sunday races, accompanied by heavy betting by the contestants and their crews. 

It’s the best entertainment on the island, and children would jockey for position on the most favoured boats.  Mistakes were not tolerated, rewarded by a quick slap around the head with the first thing that came to hand.  The big event of the year, when all scores are settled and bragging rights established, is the Carriacou Regatta, which features round-the-island races of the local workboats, as well as the fancy foreign yachts.

Here is where us locals show them white people how to sail…

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#2 Mar 29, 2018 4:23 pm

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Re: Kayak workboat racing....

Vanishing Sail link:

http://www.vanishingsail.com/

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#3 Mar 29, 2018 6:51 pm

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Re: Kayak workboat racing....

Can't wait to see it!

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