Grenada prepares for the 11th LeSource Sailing Festival

Creating a colourful spectacle for those on and off the sea, the annual LaSource Grenada Sailing Festival will celebrate its 11th year on Friday, January 30th å- Tuesday, February 3rd,
2004. The festival, which since 1994 was instrumental in placing Grenada on
the world map for international sailing in the Caribbean, will feature the
unique mix of international yachts and traditional wooden, bamboo-rigged
workboats competing together in four days of races and regattas.

The LaSource Grenada Sailing Festival is also well known for its provision of special entertainment for the entire family. This includes everything from fun dinghy races for the youngsters to hard fought competition within
the fleet of ocean-going international yachts. Each day of racing ends with
a grand party at a different picturesque waterside restaurant where guests will enjoy delicious local food and drink, while listening to live music that ranges from African drummers to local folk singers, as well as DJs and reggae bands.

The keel boat racers will be in action on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday as crews compete on a series of courses set off the island’s
southern coast for the Mount Gay Cup, the Heineken Cup, the LaSource Trophy, and the `Champagne Montaudon` Pursuit Race - some of the most exhilarating sailing into the region.
The highlight of the festival for many, though, will come on both Saturday and Sunday when the traditional workboats battle it out for the honor of being Grenada`s National Champion, as well as for the chance to win cash prizes of US$1,000, $500 and $250.

Over those two days, more than 5,000 people will visit the beach to watch and enjoy the festivities. With more than 40 brightly colored wooden boats racing off Grenada’s beautiful Grand Anse Beach, visitors can cheer on their favorite crews, as they run down the beach to their boats in a `Le Mans` style start. Once the race ends, skippers from boats such as Black Magic,
Try Me, Blue Eyes, Happy Hour, One Love, Volcano and High Tide will compete to be first back on the beach to drink a shot of rum.

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