A second Classic Yacht Regatta will be held in Grenada on February 19 – 22, 2009, well positioned in the sailing calendar between the Classic Yacht Regattas of St. Maarten-St. Martin (22 – 25 January), and Antigua, celebrating its 22nd birthday in April. The Grenada Classic Yacht Regatta is organised by Fred Thomas, a well-known figure in the Caribbean and the owner of Shipwrights Ltd, a company specialising in the restoration and re-fit of fine yachts, located in St. David’s Harbour, Grenada.
This regatta is the natural evolution of several similar events with which Thomas has been involved over the years. In the late 1970s, he was one of the founders of the Valentine’s Day Schooner Race in the BVIs, which subsequently has grown into the Sweetheart’s Regatta. He went on to establish Shipwrights Wooden Boat Regatta, initially in Trinidad in the 1990s, relocating to Grenada in 2000.
The recent affiliation with Jan Roosens & the St. Maarten Classic Regatta has resulted in expanding the Shipwrights Wooden Boat Regatta into the Grenada Classic Yacht Regatta in an effort to further Roosens’ vision of a Caribbean Classic circuit.
For 2009 a range of courses has been designed to concentrate racing between St. David’s and Petit Calivigny on the island’s beautiful and rugged southeastern coast. This will give participants an opportunity to taste the special characteristics of the Grenadian winds and waters in the area, and also give spectators great vantage points from which to view the Classic beauties as they race.
After racing each day there will be plenty of time to enjoy the famous Grenadian hospitality with great parties, great food & drink and live bands providing everything from reggae to blues.
Last year, the organisers were particularly pleased to welcome Thalia, built in1888 and sailed across the Atlantic by her owner and skipper in this year’s ARC (her first Atlantic crossing), who became the Classic event’s first Overall Winner. They look forward to the event growing, and welcoming even more owners, skippers and crew this coming year to experience the excellent sailing conditions, entertainment and fun, and to network with like-minded Classic yacht lovers.
Thanks go to the event’s principal sponsors: Bel Air Plantation Villa Resort, Shipwrights Ltd., West Indies Events; and also thanks to the Maritime School of the West Indies, Horizon Yacht Charters, Palm Tree Marine, and the Grenada Board of Tourism.
Preview and photographs submitted by Grenada Classic Yacht Regatta