The end of the hurricane season and resumption of the yachting season in Grenada means it’s time for the Shipwrights and Friends
Regatta. The event includes Classic Wooden Boat races, local Work Boat racing and Junior Sail and Boat competition and is held out of Grenada Marine, St David’s on the island’s South Coast.
Registration for the regatta will take place at Grenada Marine Café at 5pm on Friday November 5. Racing starts the next day from Grenada Marine and concludes on Sunday 7. Additional events include a Kids’ fair, Arts and Craft fair, live music, Crab races and a beach BBQ.
The Wooden Boat Regatta was started by Fred Thomas of Shipwrights, who previously started the Valentines Day Schooner race in West End, Tortola in 1978. This latter event, which preceded the West End Yacht Club, has now developed into the island’s popular Sweethearts of the Caribbean Regatta.
The Shipwrights regatta was initially based in Trinidad – where it began in 1998 – but moved to Grenada four years ago. It is the only Classic Regatta in the Southern Caribbean. Over a thousand visitors now turn up each year, lured by the magnificent sight of teak, brass and mahogany, and Classic boats with a story to tell, not to mention the zeal that goes with the local Work Boat racing.
The regatta celebrates traditional boatbuilding. Fred hopes to add on a Classic and Spirit of Tradition Class in the future.
Discounted accommodation for regatta participants is available through Bel Air Plantation (www.belairplantation.com).