**04 February 2017**
Over the weekend Carrie and I enjoyed one of the many fun parts of Cruising the islands. As a prelude to Grenada Race Week, the annual Grenada Workboat Regatta was held for two days of racing and festivities on Grand Anse beach near St. George.
While much of the fishing by locals is done from motorized boats these days, local boaters still enjoy maintaining and sailing some of the old style Workboats that are rarely used for anything else anymore.
They often travel between islands to participate in these regattas, and maintenance of the vessels often includes some interesting and, by necessity, low budget tactics. Can you say, “Duct Tape?”
But the hulls are brightly painted and they have names like “Unity”, “Here Comes Trouble”, and “Loose Cannon”. They line the beach getting rigged up and each race starts with the boats in a particular heat pushing off and climbing aboard from the shallows just past the breakers as the start horn blows.
The crowds are lively, the music is loud (an island tradition), and the refreshments and local foods are in plentiful supply. Plenty of families enjoy the day with kids playing in the surf while the boats race close offshore.
As usual we gathered with a group of other Cruisers to employ one of the regular drivers for transportation to and from the venue. It sure beats doing maintenance chores.
On the same subject, if you see a screening of a new film called “Vanishing Sails”, watch it. It’s a wonderful documentary on the dieing art of building these wooden Workboats with simple hand tools. The star is a man from Carriacou, Grenada’s sister island, who works with his two sons to build these boats that race in Antigua’s annual Classic Sailboat Regatta.