The weather may be deceiving, but winter has arrived in Grenada. Rather than ushering in polar vortexes or ice storms, winter brings the nautical competition season to the island. Whether you come to compete or observe, there are events for all.
The Annual Budget Marine Spice Island Billfish Tournament is held at the peak of billfish season, with sailfish, as well as white and blue marlin, readily available. Held annually since 1964 (except for the revolution years), the tournament is now in its 45th year. Drawing sport fishermen from Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique, and around the world to compete, the event takes place January 27th to 31st this year. The tournament is a modified-release event in which teams are encouraged to release the majority of the fish they catch, with a provided camera establishing capture. Cash prizes go to those that break previous year’s records, and there are prizes for other species and the most released billfish.
Grenada Sailing Week
Held January 30th to February 4th, 2014’s Grenada Sailing Week features new courses, new party venues, and new lay day activities. Kicked off by the Skippers Briefing and Welcome Party on Thursday evening, racing begins Friday morning in-and-around Grand Anse, ending with a party at Victory Bar and Restaurant. Saturday’s races take yachters from Point Saline to Le Phare Bleu Marina, the ideal location for a pirate-themed party. Sunday brings Hobie Cat Match Racing and a dinghy concert. On Monday and Tuesday, racers will set sail along the challenging south coast, finishing at Prickly Bay Marina for entertainment and a party.
South Grenada Regatta
Held at Le Phare Bleu Mariana, the South Grenada Regatta will take place March 6th-9th, 2014. Kicked off by a dinghy concert on March 5th, registration and the Skippers Briefing begins the morning of the 6th, with a “Countdown Party” taking place that night. The racing begins on the 7th, with the “North South Wines Veuve Cliquot Cup” and “Netherlands Insurance Cup” both running that day. In the evening, there is prize giving and a party with live music. The activities begin again on Saturday morning, with match races, a floating bar, junior sailing, pirates trail, and powerboat rides all taking place. The evening brings another party with live music. The festivities wrap up on Sunday, with the fleet race “Westerhall Cup” and “Island Waterworld Cup”. The day finishes up with live music, parties, a pirates trail, and prize giving including the presentation of the “Le Phare Bleu Cup” to the overall regatta winner.
Enjoying the Island
Many of the visitors that come to the island January through March for the various nautical events take the opportunity to turn it into a Caribbean vacation. It is not unusual for competitors to stay on after the events wrap up for some relaxation and restoration. With Laluna Resort’s Concierge Services, guests can easily have transport arranged back and forth to the various activities around the island, with a comfortable bed and delicious food to come home to when the day is done.