Carriacou Regatta Festival

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The 44th Annual Carriacou* Regatta Festival will begin on July 26 and end on August 6, with festival highlights including competitions such as the Miss Aquaval Queen Show (with participation from Trinidad, Tobago, Grenada, Barbados, Canouan, Union Island and host Carriacou), cultural programs, sporting events, and traditional contests like donkey racing and greasy pole, among others. The main event, of course, is the regatta.

The Carriacou Regatta began in 1965 as a local boat race using the traditional fishing workboats, to continue the indigenous art of boat building handed down by Irish and Scottish ancestors. It has evolved into a major Caribbean event, held over the Emancipation Day holiday weekend. Sailors from Carriacou and neighboring islands— Grenada, Tobago, Petite Martinique, Antigua, St. Vincent, Canouan, Mayreau, Bequia (the Grenadines) —compete in several categories with twelve different classes of boats ranging from 14 to 35 feet in length.

[*Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique constitute one country.]

For more information, see the Official Regatta Website at http://www.carriacouregatta.com/ or http://www.grenadagrenadines.com/fest.html?id=49

Photo of boats (by StevieB) from http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevieb/1053082544/

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