39th Annual Carriacou Regatta celebrates island’s boat building ancestry

Creating a colourful spectacle for
those on and off the sea, the 39th annual Carriacou Regatta will take place
from July 25th -August 2nd, 2004.  The festival, which began as a mere boat
racing event in 1965, is a salute to the Caribbean sister island of Grenada’
s indigenous art of boat building, handed down by Irish and Scottish
ancestors.
The Regatta race events, which take place the entire week, focus mainly on
the locally built ‘workboats’ with some ten different classes of boats
ranging from 14 to 35 feet in length.

Onshore cultural and sporting
festivities include the Miss Aquaval Queen Show, a donkey race, bicycle
races, musical chairs, tug-o-war, greasy pole competition (where a
well-greased pole is suspended over the sea and participants vie to reach
the prize hanging from the end), arm wrestling and weight lifting
competitions, and many more fun-filled activities appropriate for the entire
family.

Carriacou is reachable by SVG-Air which has five flights a day between
Grenada and Carriacou.  In addition, Trans Island Air operates one flight
per day between Barbados and Carriacou and Osprey Lines (motorized
catamarans) operates twice daily from Grenada to Carriacou.

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