History of Grenada Sailing Week
In 2012 a group of sailing enthusiasts and marine industry representatives initiated the Grenada Sailing Week (GSW) to continue the keelboat regatta formerly organized by the Grenada Sailing Festival. The first GSW event took place in Jan/Feb 2013 and it has now become firmly established. The number of participants has increased, courses have been fine tuned for more challenging racing, classes have been added to accommodate a larger range of yachts, and a variety of venues have been selected to showcase the island of Grenada. Besides the Board Members listed below, the regatta has a team of committed volunteers and a dedicated organising committee.
Patrick Brathwaite – (Chairman) is Grenadian born and a sailing enthusiast. His interest in sailing is more than social. He is manager of Island Water World in Grenada and with several investments in the marine sector (Grenada Marine and Shadowfax), he sees the future of sailing and Grenada as one.
Richard Szyjan was born in France and from an early age sailed dinghies and windsurfers, and later 85′ racing cats. It is his continued passion to race monohulls and multihulls. He has over 23 years of nautical industry experience in sail making and rigging in the Caribbean and runs Turbulence Ltd.
Mike Bingley was born in the UK and his love of the water started many years ago. In 2002 he bought his first yacht and then sailed from the UK to the Caribbean, settling in Grenada. He is a Diesel Engineer and owns Palm Tree Marine, so not only does he enjoy racing boats, he also likes to fix them.
Grenada Sailing Week Board of Directors and Regatta Manager:
L-R Mike Bingley, Patrick Brathwaite (Chairman), Karen Stiell (Regatta Manager), Louis Cuenoud, Brian Sylvester, Richard Szyjan