In This Issue:
- Learn to Sail – Last Minute Discount!
- Music Events, Plus a Special Offer!
- Exploring The Grenadines – Meet Vanessa & Seckie! Chatham Bay, Union Island
- The Island Juice Company
Learn to Sail – Plus a Last Minute Discount!
Our partners at Nautilis Sailing have announced that due to a last minute cancellation there are two spots available on their upcoming ASA 101-104 course! The livaboard course includes all meals, a private single cabin for each guest, course materials and formal certification! the course starts on the 6th of April… and for only $1300 US per person – that’s 40% off their usual course fee – it’s a fantastic opportunity!
In 2011 The American Sailing Association honoured just 20 ASA schools with the Outstanding Sailing Schools Awards, and Nautilis was one of them! Nautilus Sailing School conduct weeklong liveaboard sailing courses on Horizon’s Bavaria sailboats. Passionate about sailing, they have enjoyed sailing in some of the most spectacular cruising grounds around the world. ” The Grenadines are truly the ideal sailing classroom” says Lead Instructor Tim Geisler.
You will set sail from the beautiful, friendly island of Grenada and visit several other islands and special locations in the Grenadines. Explore this stunning location while earning American Sailing Association 101,103 and 104 (Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising and Bareboat) certifications. Over the course of a week you will gain the knowledge, experience and certifications to charter sailboats anywhere in the world, and embark on your own sailing adventure! The goal is to enjoy a learning vacation. The emphasis is on learning how to sail, through hands-on experience, in a beautiful part of the world. Mornings will be spent learning and practicing new skills. In the afternoons you will set sail with the backdrop of spectacular beaches and islands of the Grenadines, refining these newly learned skills along the way. Once anchored for the afternoon, there will be free time to spend exploring, snorkeling, fishing, and relaxing…
You can learn more about the course details at Nautilis Liveaboard Courses and please contact Tim directly to take advantage of this amazing offer: email@example.com
Ky-Mani Marley 13 April We are very excited to announce that on April 13th 2013, son of reggae legend Bob Marley, Ky-Mani Marley comes to Carriacou to play a one off show in aid of local charities!
In fact, 100% of the profits will be donated to two local charities, the recently established Carriacou Music Foundation, a charity designed to promote music education and performance on the island, and the Carriacou Children’s Education Fund which supports education programs in schools, and provides necessary resources for improved learning on the island.
Through his music Ky-Mani Marley not only continues his father’s legacy, but also delivers an eclectic blend of reggae, dancehall and hip-hop, which has helped to put his most recent album at the top of the Billboard Reggae Charts! You can buy tickets online, Early Bird Discounted Tickets are EC$50 (18.50 US) all the details can be found on Ky-Mani’s website,
St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival 30 April -12 May For over 20 years the St Lucia Jazz Festival has been one of the most anticipated events in the Southern Caribbean. Re-branded this year as the St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival, this 13-day event features a number of fringe events around the island which will showcase rich local talent and cultural displays and culminates with the ‘main stage’ events at historic and beautiful Pigeon Island.
There is a truly exciting lineup of internationally-renowned performers, including R. Kelly, Akon, and the Jacksons; as well as such talent as Tracy Hamlin (currently #1 single in Europe) and the striking, stunning Fatoumata Diawara. For all the details see the performers & programme details .
***We are pleased to introduce a special offer for the St Lucia Jazz & Art Festival!***
Starting on Friday 10th May in St Lucia, you will be welcomed onboard your Beneteau 51.5 (ideal for a party of six!) with a cool cocktail by your skipper and chef who will be waiting to meet you at Rodney Bay Marina. Enjoy a couple of evening shows and head south for a wonderful charter through the Grenadines.
You can enjoy day sails and evenings at the various performances – a great combination to start your vacation. On Monday you would sail down to Bequia the historic boat building island before heading to the Tobago Cays. You would end your charter on the south coast of Grenada on Friday, 17th May.
The all-inclusive rate per person would be US$1500.00, based on a party of 6. This would include the yacht, crew, all food and drinks, custom & immigration fees, yacht fuel, water and ice. Show tickets not included. For further information please contact Jacqui: firstname.lastname@example.org
Exploring the Grenadines
Although Chatham Bay, Union Island is a favourite mooring, you may not have heard about Vanessa and Seckie’s yet. It is well worth the visit to discover this treasure – a ramshackle hut powered by a battery and a generator, but don’t let that fool you in to thinking it is another “chicken and chip” stand!
We can report that the couple is very welcoming and that Vanessa’s conch fritters are very tasty and Seckie will cook you up a lobster on an outdoor fire… served up with a Dark & Stormy made with fresh nutmeg and PROPER ginger beer!
As you enjoy your meal you sit with your toes in the sand enjoying the tranquil, sweeping crescent of Chatham Bay – the definition of a good beach bar. You never know, if you are lucky enough to be there at sunset you may even see a green flash!
You’ve heard of Micro-Breweries, but here’s one with a twist – we are proud to introduce the first” Micro-Juicery” on the Island! Showcasing the wonderful variety of fresh fruit grown on the island, the Island Juice Company products are prepared in a clean, safe, processing facility with minimal sugar, no preservatives and a high concentration of real juice. This new venture is co-owned by long-time Grenadian businessman Lennon ‘Cane Juice Man’ Mapson, his wife Sherry and a Canadian couple on the Island – Jim Jardine and his wife Stephanie Ryan. Their first flavours under development are the incredibly popular golden apple with a hint of lime- a popular local drink – plus Soursop, Mango and Passion fruit and – of course – Cane Juice Man’s signature Cane Juice and Bois Bande blend! Each flavour of Island Juice will only be available when the fruit is in season and perfectly ripe.
What we really love is the idea that instead of exporting fruit for a tiny reward, the Island Juice Company creates jobs and a finished product on the island, rather than shipping raw fruit out of country. Not only does is add value here at home, it reduces the need to import boxed UHT juice back onto the island. This concept is growing in popularity in Grenada; with the goat cheese produced at Belmont Estates a popular example, and was originally implemented here by Mott Green at the Grenada Chocolate Factory, where a bean-to-bar product provides a greater reward for the farmers and workers than exporting the cocoa bean directly.
We are looking forward to trying their new flavours, and you can find their products at The Merry Baker (Port Louis Marina), Gittens Pharmacy, Foodfair, Foodland, Andells, and many other local retailers!
Until Next Time…
Sign up to have our newsletter delivered right to your inbox for local events, sailing updates and special offers! As promised here is a link to a fun short video of our recent Grenada Sailing Festival 2013 – Junior Final Race – note the tactics used for rounding the race marker! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDHWGdSpiz4&feature=share&list=UUy6hAINe2iMU5fUONXD_iIg