ST
GEORGE’S, Grenada, October 31, 2011
– Several of our
strongly competitive local yachtsmen are already making plans to ensure they
will be in contention in the 2012 Grenada Sailing Festival Camper & Nicholsons
Racing Series. Spearheading the Grenadian entry is well known local business
entrepreneur & tenacious racer Peter ‘Champie’ Evans with his fast Swan 48 Julia.  ‘Champie’ has been a regular and successful
competitor in the annual event since it started in 1994, and in 2011 was in hot
competition for the Cruising Class title right up until the last race. Once
again in 2012 he will be pitting his tactical skills against Peter Morris and
his crack Trinidadian crew in Jaguar,
who not only won the Class title, but went on to take the prize of Overall
Festival Winner.
Watch out for other
local skippers and crews on the start line, including Richard Szyjan with Category 5, a regular entrant in the
Racing Class; a crew from Grenada Marine in St.David’s with Apero, owned by Jason Fletcher and Jerry
Stewart from Carriacou with his distinctive red hulled yacht Bloody Mary. Festival organisers are
also hoping to have a dedicated Class for Carriacou Sloops, the traditional island
vessels built in Windward.
The Festival’s
international keelboat racing, the Camper & Nicholsons Racing Series, will
be run from its Home Port and Race HQ at the company’s Port Louis Marina, and
will be staged from Friday 27 January to
Tuesday 31 January
. As well as this strong local contingent, event
organisers look forward to welcoming skippers and crews from neighbouring
islands in the Region including Antigua, Barbados, Trinidad and St. Lucia to
take part in what is building up to be a very strong international fleet. Check
the Festival website www.grenadasailingfestival.com
or follow us on Facebook for more news of yacht entries as they come in.
For the third year,
the 2012 Grenada Sailing Festival will offer two week-ends of contrasting
sailing action, with local boats from Carriacou, Gouyave, Grand Mal, Petite
Martinique, Sauteurs and Woburn heading for Grand Anse Beach the following
week-end 4 & 5 February, when the traditional Work Boat Regatta will take
place as part of the island’s National Independence Celebrations. Grenada’s
talented young sailors will also be demonstrating their skills to the crowd on
Grand Anse Beach on Saturday 4 February, in a Junior Dinghy Sailing
Championship organised by the Grenada Sailing Festival and Grenada Sailing
Association, and sponsored by Budget Marine and Grenada Union of Teachers
Credit Union.
Grenada Sailing
Festival wishes to thank all its sponsors and supporters on board already for
2012: the Grenada Board of Tourism; Camper & Nicholsons Marinas; United
Insurance; ScotiaBank; Mount Gay Rum with agent Bryden & Minors; Budget
Marine; True Blue Bay Resort; The Moorings; The Victory Bar & Restaurant;
North South Wines; SOL EC Ltd.;
American Airlines; British Airways; Horizon Yacht Charters; Spice Island Marine
Services; Island Dreams Yacht Services; Turbulence Ltd.; Steele’s Auto
Supplies; Grenada Union of Teachers Credit Union; Grenlec; Mitchell’s Health
& Wellness; Glenelg Spring Water; Spice Island Fish House; Marketing &
National Importing Board and Country Cold Store.

PHOTO: ‘Champie’ Evans with Julia (Centre) in very tight competition with Peter Peake in Storm (Left) and Peter Morris in Jaguar (Right) in 2011 Grenada Sailing Festival action.
SOURCE: Grenada Sailing Festival

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