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#1 Aug 14, 2019 2:17 pm

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2019 Carriacou Regatta

For the second year running I had the pleasure of crewing in the Carriacou Regatta last week. That is, the "real regatta", as distinct from the "white people regatta", which is held simultaneously. The real regatta, based in Windward on the eastern side of the island, is devoted to the classic Windward Island Sloops that have been built and sailed in the Eastern Caribbean for over 200 years. The Grenada Government and private sector are to be congratulated on their sponsorship of this historic event, which provides financial support to boat owners in order to help them compete - these wooden boats are NOT cheap to maintain!

Sadly the weather was "too perfect" - no storms to jazz up the racing action! About 10-12 wooden boats competed this year, pretty much the same as last year, but the number of smaller workboats was drastically down. People grumbled about bad organization and mystery money. Afterwards we spent a couple of days in the Tobago Cays recuperating and drying out our livers! smile

All in all a great 8-day sail, the earth has just about stopped rocking now!

http://www.carriacouregattafestival.com/


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#2 Aug 14, 2019 3:45 pm

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Re: 2019 Carriacou Regatta

New Historian wrote:

For the second year running I had the pleasure of crewing in the Carriacou Regatta last week. That is, the "real regatta", as distinct from the "white people regatta", which is held simultaneously. The real regatta, based in Windward on the eastern side of the island, is devoted to the classic Windward Island Sloops that have been built and sailed in the Eastern Caribbean for over 200 years. The Grenada Government and private sector are to be congratulated on their sponsorship of this historic event, which provides financial support to boat owners in order to help them compete - these wooden boats are NOT cheap to maintain!

Sadly the weather was "too perfect" - no storms to jazz up the racing action! About 10-12 wooden boats competed this year, pretty much the same as last year, but the number of smaller workboats was drastically down. People grumbled about bad organization and mystery money. Afterwards we spent a couple of days in the Tobago Cays recuperating and drying out our livers! smile

All in all a great 8-day sail, the earth has just about stopped rocking now!

http://www.carriacouregattafestival.com/


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How can I be a part of it all?  I have always wanted to rent a summer house for a month on that island and sail and swim my heart out. I don't see any woman sailing or joining in the activity.

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#3 Aug 14, 2019 4:14 pm

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Better than renting a summer house - rent a boat! Many charter companies (Moorings, Horizon) offer packages that include boat and crew, all you have to do is swim and enjoy the scenery! Or learn to sail, if you want to. With 2 or 3 couples sharing, it's really not that expensive because remember: the boat is your hotel.

Or you can hire me as your captain lol!

Plenty of small guest houses on Carriacou, you'll love it!

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#4 Aug 14, 2019 6:05 pm

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Re: 2019 Carriacou Regatta

New Historian wrote:

Better than renting a summer house - rent a boat! Many charter companies (Moorings, Horizon) offer packages that include boat and crew, all you have to do is swim and enjoy the scenery! Or learn to sail, if you want to. With 2 or 3 couples sharing, it's really not that expensive because remember: the boat is your hotel.

Or you can hire me as your captain lol!

Plenty of small guest houses on Carriacou, you'll love it!


You know the JA's think Trinidad is small Island, no hopes on a tiny dot up the road from an even smaller island... smile

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#5 Aug 14, 2019 6:28 pm

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The ultimate desert island is Mopion, literally less than half acre of sand no more than two feet above high tide! It has a shed on it and we had a great few hours on "our" island.

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#6 Aug 14, 2019 6:51 pm

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The ultimate desert island is Mopion, literally less than half acre of sand no more than two feet above high tide! It has a shed on it and we had a great few hours on "our" island.

https://i.postimg.cc/94v9V5jc/KGBH4993.jpg

No for real. My friend and I are thinking a renting a cottage on the island for a month.

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