Grenada proves to be a top yachting destination for sailing enthusiasts
Prime location, snug harbors and ideal weather make it perfect for the yachting community
Offering year-round favorable weather, blue waters and a wealth of sheltered anchorages, Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean, proves to be an ideal destination for yachting and sailing. The perfect starting point to explore Grenada, Carriacou, Petite Martinique and the Grenadines, the tri-island nation’s shores and welcoming community attracts sailors from around the world in search of the ultimate nautical experiences. Already, the International Keel Boat Regatta ‘Grenada Sailing Week’ with title sponsors “Island Water World” has received 26 registrations for the 2020 events.
“Grenada’s unspoiled sailing grounds and safe surroundings have made the destination a hub for yacht stop-offs and extended cruises,” said Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) CEO Patricia Maher. “After a bumper growth of 14% in yachting arrivals in 2018, we are pleased to maintain the momentum with 20,954 visitors visiting our shores year to date in 2019; we are thrilled to be amongst the world’s top boating spots.”
Featuring ten (10) marinas, five (5) boatyards, a host of charter companies and a wide range of top-notch facilities, Grenada is well-known worldwide for its safe yacht storage and high-class repair and maintenance work. Camper and Nicholson’s Port Louis Marina, the destination’s largest marina has recently seen an additional 90 new berths installed, enabling catering for 227 yachts of up to 90m. The design of the marina berthing configuration was completed ensuring the layout caters to market demand and has built flexibility for both the current and future markets e.g. wider Cat berths, Sport Fishing and events.
Charlotte Bonin, Marina Manager at Port Louis Marina commented, “We have seen an increase of demand for seasonal and visiting yachts to Port Louis Marina, and the expansion of the new berthing is to better facilitate charter yachts visiting the island of Grenada, and further support sailing events and regattas with more berthing solutions. We are delighted to open in time for the Caribbean season!”
Visitors are also able to charter yachts and sailboats through companies like Horizon Yacht Charters Grenada, Savvy Grenada Sailing Charters, The Moorings, Sunsail, Dream Yacht Charters Grenada, NSS Grenada, LTD Sailing, The Yachting Club and Grenada Bluewater Sailing.
Karen Stiell of the Marine and Yachting Association Grenada (MAYAG) commented “The vibrant and growing marine & yachting industry is testament to the high level of marine workmanship and confidence our yachting visitors have in the destination.”
Speaking of the growth of the industry, James Pascal of Horizon Yacht Charters Grenada added, “This year marks our 20th anniversary in business in Grenada. In that time, we have grown from a start-up fleet of 3 charter yachts to a fleet of 23 monohulls and catamarans across two bases in the region. The majority of our guests are repeat sailors; people who have fallen in love with our tri-island nation, its people and the culture. We attract top notch charter guests and owners and we are delighted to welcome the only Caribbean-based Elba 45 from Fountaine Pajot into our Grenada fleet from this month; testimony to the attraction of this stunning sailing area.”