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Grenada Sailing Week 2020: The Dates, Events & 10 Essential Facts You Should Know

by Lou-Ann Jordan Jan 20, 2020

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Photo credit: Tim Wright

Calling all skippers!  Get ready to show off your jibing and tacking skills.

From Sunday 26 January to Friday 31 January Grenada’s waterways will be teeming with sailors as they participate in one of the Spice Isle’s most thrilling annual events. 

Grenada Sailing Week (GSW) 2020 will commence at Port Louis Marina, St. George’s.  Seafarers anticipate sights that display Grenada’s incredible allure and racing that challenges their prowess at manoeuvring on the waters. 

To get you ready for this exciting event here are 10 essential facts you should know about GSW: 

– Grenada Sailing Week is the international keelboat regatta held in Grenada at the end of January every year. It is different from the Grenada Sailing Festival (GSF) which is the workboat regatta usually held the first weekend in February. GSW supports GSF and vice versa.

– Grenada Sailing Week takes place between two venues, Camper & Nicholson’s (C&N) Port Louis Marina and Secret Harbour.  There’s a transition race on Thursday 30 January which takes the event from the west coast and C&N Port Louis Marina to Secret Harbour Marina on the south coast. A much-needed ‘lay day’ splits the four days of racing. (It’s perfect for relaxing after all that racing in the hot sun.)

– Now, we all know that sailors love to have a good time.  Well, six nights of lively parties are held during Grenada Sailing Week, showcasing local talent. And, the best part is—they are free.  You read correctly; all are invited to come along and meet the visiting sailors and make new friends.

– GSW typically has around 40 – 50 participating boats which means approximately 300 – 400 sailors arrive in Grenada for the event. The estimated value of the week to the economy of Grenada is around EC$1M.

– About 10 boats with local crews participate in the regatta, and they usually win because they have the home advantage! Stop by Grenada Marine in Corinth, St. David to see the trophies.

– If you want to ‘have a sail’, check out our crew board or come down to C&N’s Port Louis Marina on Saturday 25 or Sunday 26 January and make enquiries. It’ll be an opportunity to interact with sailors, and you may even get a chance to participate, as sometimes skippers need additional weight or crew. But, be warned; once bitten by the sailing bug, it’s unlikely you’ll recover!

Photo credit: Tim Wright

– Grenada Sailing Week is one of the first regattas on the Caribbean Sailing Association annual calendar. GSW’s placement is notable, as a regatta must comply with international rules and regulations to appear on the calendar. Check out the rest of the schedule here: https://caribbean-sailing.com/calendars/international-regatta-5-year-calendar/.

– The GSW team comprises a six-member board of directors, two event planners, and 30 volunteers. Everyone works tirelessly to ensure the success of the six-day event.  We are always looking for volunteers to help, so please do get in touch. You will be rewarded with a goody bag from our sponsors, t-shirts, and the chance to make loads of new friends.

– Grenada Sailing Week is part of the Clean Regatta programme run by Sailors for the Sea – an international organisation that promotes clean seas and ocean governance throughout the world. This year, GSW is working towards attaining Silver Level, for clean and sustainable regatta practices.

– Here’s the most important thing you need to know—Grenada Sailing Week is loads of fun! If you decide to come along and crew on a boat, you can look forward to making new lifelong friendships.  You may also get bitten by the sailing bug. However, if parties are more to your liking, you can look forward to knocking back drinks with new friends. 

For more information on participating in this week of exhilarating nautical pursuits, click here.

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