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ACROSS THE CARIBBEAN Stories by Mirissa De Four Set sail


Nothing says “vacation in the tropics” more than sun, sea, and sand, and what activity offers that combination better than sailing the Caribbean Sea? In a region where the climate is divided between dry and rainy seasons, March and April (both dry) are chock full of enough regatta events to satisfy the desires of even the most avid sailor. March kicks off in grand style with the South Grenada Regatta and its four races in five different categories — with spinnaker, without spinnaker, catamaran, fun class, and J24 — and


6 to 9 March 6 to 9 March


19 to 22 March


27 to 30 March 28 to 30 March


31 March to 6 April 17 to 21 April 17 to 22 April


26 April to 2 May


ends with the St Thomas International Regatta, described as “the crown jewel of Caribbean racing.” Meanwhile, the British Virgin Islands Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival runs from 31 March to 6 April, with BBQs, parties, snorkelling, diving, and kiteboarding alongside the sailing. These two months of competition climax with Antigua Sailing Week, where the trade winds that once brought explorers to the shores of these Caribbean islands now test the will and skill of a new generation of adventurers.


South Grenada Regatta, www.southgrenadaregatta.com 34th St Maarten Heineken Regatta, www.heinekenregatta.com


Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous, British Virgin Islands, www.loropianasuperyachtregattaandrendezvous.com St Barths Bucket Regatta, www.bucketregattas.com/stbarths


St Thomas International Regatta, US Virgin Islands, www.rolexcupregatta.com BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival, www.bvispringregatta.org Bequia Easter Regatta, www.begos.com


Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, www.antiguaclassics.com Antigua Sailing Week, www.sailingweek.com


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