yachts, fishing vessels and crazy craft – racing all these types of boats
and more are what makes the Bequia Easter Regatta, set for April 13-17, the
highlight of the year on this largest of the Grenadine islands and attracts
sailors from all over the Caribbean as well as Europe and the U.S.
This year, the host Bequia Sailing
Club is expecting a bumper turnout for its 25th anniversary
celebrations, building on last year’s record 70-plus-boat fleet. The new
J/24 class, in particular, continues to grow and this year should see the
largest-ever gathering of this class in the southern Caribbean.
the local fleet for the first time in many years will be Iron Duke, the newly restored 130-year-old Bequia whaleboat. Iron Duke was one of the very first
whaleboats on the island, brought from New England
by whaling legend "Old Bill" Wallace in the late
19th century. It was on her sleek lines that all future Bequia whaleboats were
based, and as such she forms a unique link to Bequia’s
whaling and boatbuilding heritage.
addition to the Bequia’s own "two-bow"
fleet, boats are expected from throughout the Grenadines, Tobago and possibly
as far away as Anguilla to compete in the
local boat races. It is undoubtedly these colorful,
skillfully sailed double-enders that make the Bequia Regatta unique, creating a
thrilling spectacle as they share the water with the fleet of racing yachts.
from the sailing action, there will also be the traditional Lower Bay
beach splash on Easter Sunday with Sandcastle Competition and Crazy Craft race,
plus numerous shore activities for all ages under the Almond Tree in
Port Elizabeth on Easter