International J/24 Class Association

J/24s Enjoy Grenada Sailing Week

February 07, 2022

This edition of the Island Water World Grenada Sailing Week saw four straight days of magnificent weather–10-20 knots tradewinds from the easterly quadrants, warm temperatures and sunny skies. The regatta consisted of a race out to Carriacou Island, two days of festivals and local day sailing, then a race back from Carriacou to Grenada. Hosting the regatta was the Petite Calivigny Yacht Club, with sponsor support from the Grenada Tourism Authority. The first race from St George’s Harbor to Carriacou was about 30.0nm. Starting off Grand Anse Beach, the fleet enjoyed a beat along the leeward coast of Grenada. After passing north of Grenada, the boats passed the uninhabited islands of Caille and Ronde and over the live submarine volcano. In open water, the breeze piped up to a solid 15 knots and a slight sea state. The race finished in the shelter of Tyrell Bay Marina. Leading the J/24 fleet home was Robbie Yearwood’s DIEHARD, ahead of Peter Armstrong’s SHAKIN’ and Gus Reader’s FADEAWAY. The Carriacou to Grenada Race pitched the fleet into the Atlantic Ocean for a race to Le Phare Bleu Marina. The international fleet headed for the west coast of Grenada. With three-meter seas and full trade winds, it was a 30-mile broad reach to the northern tip of Grenada. After passing the outlying Ronde Island, boats sailed along the reefs in sight of the rain forest interior of North Grenada before finishing at the marina of Le Phare Bleu. Robbie Yearwood’s J/24 DIEHARD scored a hat trick of wins for the regatta to win the J/24 fleet. Gus Reader’s FADEAWAY was runner-up and Peter Armstrong’s SHAKIN’ third with Mark Solomon’s FRIGATE completing the J/24 scoreboard. For more Grenada Sailing Week information, visit https://grenadasailingweek.com/.

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