OYSTER CARIBBEAN REGATTA
Written by George Grant on April 15, 2013
A PERFECT SEASON FINALE AT GRENADA’S PORT LOUIS MARINA
St. George — The Oyster Caribbean Regatta, which concluded on 13 April, has capped another successful season at Camper & Nicholsons’ Port Louis Marina, and confirmed Grenada as one of the Caribbean’s prime destinations for its high quality sailing and its unrivalled welcome ashore.
The 19 Oyster yachts ranged in size from 45ft to 82ft and were treated to five days of spectacular racing in 15 to 20 knot trade winds, and five nights of lively entertainment at a selection of Grenada’s finest venues.
As the current high season starts to wind down, Port Louis Marina’s General Manager, Glynn Thomas, looked back on a season that also saw a visit from the World ARC fleet and the hosting of Grenada Sailing Week. “There’s no doubting the island’s popularity with cruisers and racers alike, and it’s been great to welcome back both the World ARC and the Oyster Regatta for return visits this year.”
David Tydeman, CEO of Oyster Marina, confirmed Grenada’s appeal: “This is the second time we’ve brought the Oyster regatta to Grenada and we’ll definitely come back again. The island makes us so welcome and the wonderful combination of superb marina facilities, great restaurants and perfect sailing conditions guarantees a top class and friendly event.”
As the peak Caribbean season reaches its conclusion, Grenada and Port Louis Marina are gearing up for the annual arrival of boats seeking a safe home port for the hurricane season. At 12°02’N, the island is south of the main hurricane belt and is a popular location where yachts can stay afloat through the summer and autumn.
Port Louis Marina provides full service facilities for yachts from 10m to 90m (33ft to 300ft) and, at just 15 minutes from Grenada’s international airport, benefits from direct flights from London, Miami and New York, as well as easy connections via Barbados, St Lucia and Antigua.
Photos: Mike Jones