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“Sailing Ahead - Helping Grenada Rebuild”

“Sailing Ahead - Helping Grenada Rebuild” is the slogan for the 2005 post-Hurricane Ivan LaSource Grenada Sailing Festival to be held from Friday, January 28th to Tuesday, February 1st. In light of the great support coming from sailors wanting to join in and help and sponsors who have pledged to continue even after the damage they sustained, the organisers believe that the slogan aptly sums up the spirit of this year’s event.Ê

Ê“We were determined to go ahead with the Festival, even following the damage the whole island suffered after Ivan, not only to welcome visitors back to Grenada, but also to contribute to re-charging the local economy by providing as much business as possible for local companies, suppliers and services,” said James Robinson, Festival Chairman.

The event will kick off, as always, on Friday with the special Grenadian welcome party on Grand Anse Beach. This year, ‘A Flavour of Grenada’ buffet will be offered to participants, courtesy of ComNav Marine Ltd, a new premier sponsor for 2005. Local steel pan bands will set the mood and then the Tivoli Drummers and DJ Blackstorm will pick up the pace to get the beach rocking until dawn.

The racing schedule will start in earnest on Saturday with the Mount Gay Race Series, followed by a morning only of racing on Sunday with the shortened Grenada Yacht Club Race Series. This will give all yacht crews the chance to get to Grand Anse Beach to enjoy the excitement of the final stages of the Grenada Work Boat Regatta being held there.