Tuesday 23 January 2024, Pure Grenada Sailing Week Board gathered at Prickly Bay Marina to unveil the prestigious trophies for the overall winners of each class for the tenth edition of this Caribbean Sailing Association affiliated International Regatta.
Petra Roach, CEO of Grenada Tourism Authority, Pure Grenada attended to watch the unveiling, along with other honoured guests.
The much-admired trophies are to scale, handmade, wooden models of Carriacou Sloops in honour of the boatbuilding heritage and the 50 Independence Anniversary. Five prestigious Sponsors made the wish of Pure Grenada Sailing Week Board come true in being able to offer these much sought after model boats. A special thank you to Silversands Grenada, Silversands Beach House, Turbulence Ltd, Six Senses La Sagesse and Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina.
Brian Sylvester, Chairman of Pure Grenada Sailing Week welcomed and thanked everyone for attending and for their support of the sailing regatta especially Title Sponsor, Grenada Tourism Authority. Brian emphasised that this edition of the event is about sailing, but it is also about our tradition, history and our 50 Anniversary of Independence. Although the regatta falls just before the main Independence celebrations, it is also the 10 edition of Grenada Sailing Week (2013 was the first edition). Grenada Sailing Week in its new format, was created after the previous Board could no longer continue running two major sailing events.
The sailing industry and community within Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique is a close one and due to this the Pure Grenada Sailing Week brings many marine related businesses together in support of the sport, industry, and event. Many boats from islands within the Caribbean as well as further field take part in the regatta. The 2024 edition has already attracted 39 boats, nearly 300 crew from 11 countries.
This year’s edition will also see the first feeder race from Barbados to Carriacou with 3 racing boats already registered, 2 of which have registered for Pure Grenada Sailing Week, and we hope the other 1 will follow suit.
With special thanks also to the 4 Race Day Sponsors, Island Water World, Mount Gay Rum distributed by Bryden & Minors, Clarkes Court Boatyard & Marina and Sea Hawk Premiere Yacht Finishes. Venue Sponsors include, The Original Slipway, Las Iguanas, Carriacou Marine, Le Phare Bleu, Island Fever Tropical Tavern, Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada Yacht Club, The Spout Bar and Prickly Bay Marina. Spice Island Marine Services, Horizon Yachts Grenada, Palm Tree Marine, Vibe, Doyle Guides, Driftwood Fine Yacht Services, Island Dreams Yacht Services, North Yacht Shop, Island View Sailmakers, Sea Safety, Victory Bar, Knife & Fork, Home Hospitality Grenada, Glenelg Spring Water, True Blue Bay Resort, J&J Printers, Shadowfax Charters and Le Boucher. Plus, many volunteers who help and assist Regatta Manager, Carol Gorvett to move the regatta not only between 5 different venues, but between 2 islands as the Regatta starts in Carriacou on Sunday 28th January with the skippers briefing and welcome. Race Day 1 is around Carriacou with evening prize giving and party at The Original Slipway. Race Day 2 is a race to Grenada with prize giving and pirate party at Le Phare Bleu on the lawn. Lay Day will be a day of relaxation, Lionfish Derby or touring the island. Race Day 3 racing around the cans with prize giving and party at Grenada Yacht Club, The Spout. Race Day 4 around the cans with the days prize giving, followed by the overall trophies presentation and party at Prickly Bay Marina. Follow Grenada Sailing Week on social media or visit their website.