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Horizon Yacht Charters Grenada Inaugural Newsletter!

March 30, 2013

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Welcome to our first newsletter!  We are a small, privately owned and managed yacht charter company  run by James and Jacqui Pascall, located in beautiful Grenada, the gateway to the Grenadines.  In 2013 we will be celebrating 12 years of providing yacht management, brokerage, and bespoke Caribbean sailing holidays on our luxury yachts.  We are looking forward to sharing this spectacular part of the world with you in our bi-monthly newsletters, and excited to bring you details about the events and special offers coming up, starting with the Toronto Boat Show and the upcoming sailing events in Grenada.  Sign up to have our newsletter delivered right to your inbox for local events, sailing updates and special offers!

Toronto Boat Show

The Toronto Boat Show, the largest in Canada, runs for 10 days from the 12 -20 January 2013 and Horizon Grenada will be helping to man the stand for MAYAG, the Marine and Yachting Association of Grenada.  Come and see us on stand 1541 at the Show and find out why Grenada Grenadines Yachting should be your destination of choice for 2013!

MAYAG is keen to promote Grenada as a yachting destination and demonstrate why it is perhaps one of the best kept secrets of the Caribbean!  Adjoining the Caribbean’s favourite sailing grounds, Grenada Grenadines Yachting is part of the Windward Island chain and its beautiful islands have sheltered anchorages, high quality marina and boatyard facilities, a full range of yacht services, international air links and all the ingredients needed for a perfect Caribbean sailing experience.
Every year, people from all over the world delight in the culture, food, wildlife, beaches, rainforest, unique attractions and the island’s uniquely warm welcome. Grenada is quite simply an authentic, unspoilt, Caribbean yachting destination.

You can learn more about the Toronto Boat Show here: http://www.torontoboatshow.com/ and don’t forget to add stand 1541 to your visitors’ plan!  Since Grenada is also known as the Isle of Spice, as a special treat we’ll be giving away samples of nutmeg, mace and cinnamon bark  from Grenada’s own growers.  There will also be some incredible special offers available to clients who book a yacht charter with Horizon Grenada whilst visiting the show!

Events in January & February

Budget Marine Spice Island Billfish Tournament
Horizon Yacht Charters Grenada are excited to be sponsoring The Spice Island Billfish Tournament again this year!  From 23 to 26 of January, all of the action is based out of  the Grenada Yacht Club located in the lagoon, St. George’s. The Yacht Club boasts an excellent dock with water, power and fuel available and is conveniently located close to the west coast fishing grounds. Now in its 44th year, the emphasis is on fun, sportsmanship and good fishing.   In line with modern conservation practices, the Budget Marine Spice Island Billfish Tournament is run as a modified release event where teams are encouraged to release the majority of the billfish they catch (a camera is provided to confirm the capture)  You can see all the details here: http://www.sibtgrenada.com/

Grenada Sailing Week Camper & Nicholsons Race Series
Did you know that there is a newly formed Grenada Sailing Week coming up? From 31 January to 5 February 2013, this new event replaces the keelboat regatta previously organized by the Grenada Sailing Festival & sailors from near and far are invited to come and “Sail de Spice”.  International and local sponsors have joined together to ensure an exhilarating experience for both participants and spectators, with four days of competitive racing, one Lay Day on a beautiful beach, and six nights of great parties!  Here is their webpage for more details:  http://www.grenadasailingweek.com/

We are planning on filming as much of the action as possible, and will share the links & footage online so don’t forget to join our facebook page!       Like Horizon Yacht Charters Grenada on Facebook

United Insurance Workboat Regatta
The Grenada Sailing Festival held 1-3 of February is always great fun, with the colourful Workboat Regatta held along stunning Grand Anse Beach.  We are thrilled to be sponsors again this year – especially as it is the 20th anniversary! We will be sure to share video and photos – but if you are around why don’t you come down to the beach and join in the fun!?!

Until Next Time…

Don’t forget to check out our special offers below, and to sign off our inaugural newsletter we’d like to share with you a new video just released by MAYAG, for Grenada Grenadine Yachting.  Not your typical “tourist board” video, you are taken on a visit with travelers and locals, and chatting with people offering services from provisioning & sail maker to the fruit market.  An enticing peek into what we find special on, and off, the water in Grenada!

Workboat Regatta

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Horizon Yacht Charters (Grenada) Ltd hires John Pirovano as Yacht Sales & Service Manager!

February 24, 2012

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Grenada, West Indies – February 2012 – Horizon Yacht Charters Grenada (Horizon Yachts) – has hired John Pirovano as their new Yacht Sales & Service Manager.

John will be responsible for strengthening and developing three key areas of business:

Yacht Sales. Horizon is the Caribbean dealer for Bavaria Yachts and a dealer for Fountaine Pajot Catamarans. In 2011 Horizon Grenada became the dealer for Sea Ray and Meridian motor yachts for the Southern Caribbean, covering St Lucia, Barbados, St Vincent, Grenada and Trinidad & Tobago. John will be responsible for developing sales across the region through a network of sub agents in each country.

Yacht Management. Horizon Grenada opened an office at Port Louis Marina in 2010 with the objective of developing their private yacht management business in this brand new, first class marina facility. John will be the first point of contact for private yachts seeking assistance and management and will continue to develop this growing side of the business. It is hoped that more and more yacht owners will see the benefit of locating their yacht at Port Louis in Grenada: the gateway to the Grenadines.

Yacht Brokerage. There is currently no properly established yacht brokerage company in Grenada. Brokerage will work hand in hand with management where Horizon will take care of a yacht while assisting the owner in its sale.

Originally from New Zealand, John has spent most of his working life in the yachting industry. John’s early sailing career developed from national competition to racing with New Zealand’s best. The early eighties bought John to America where he worked on large mega yachts before being lured into maxi yacht racing. Six years of international competition followed on famous yachts such as Bumblebee 4, Kialoa 4, Condor and Nirvana. This boat broke many blue water records including the Newport – Bermuda and Fastnet race records in ’82 and ’85 respectively.

With marriage in sight, John moved ashore to work initially for Hood Sail makers in Marblehead Mass, before moving into the Marina service and management industry. An opportunity then arose to assist in the establishment of a new mega-yacht service facility for Palmer Johnson in Savannah Georgia, leading to a position of Sales Manager, with global travel in pursuit of service work to the fast growing mega-yacht fleet.

Although never straying to far from his boating routes, John spent several years in the high speed ferry industry developing new business and operations in North America and the Caribbean. In 2010 John was enticed back to the sunshine and trade winds of the Caribbean with an offer of a job in Grenada.

John Pirovano has honed his skills with over 30 years’ experience in the Marina and Yachting Industry with roles varying from yacht sales & service to marina operations & management. His Southern Caribbean role will benefit from his international experience and help him to provide top-notch service to clients with knowledgeable, hands-on advice.  Horizon Grenada is very happy to welcome him on board! John Pirovano can be contacted at john@horizongrenada.com or tel: +1473 536 4956

For more information please contact Jacqui Pascall

Telephone: 1 473 439 1000/2

email info@horizongrenada.com





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Grenada Sailing Itinerary – Port Louis Marina to Tyrrel Bay, Carriacou

July 24, 2011

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A few tips and tricks to make your journey easier when sailing from Grenada’s Port Louis Marina, St George’s to to Tyrrel Bay,  Carriacou!

This is around a 32 NM sail, so you should aim at taking around 6 hours for the trip. It has been said that his is a very hard trip – you’re heading north east directly into the trade winds and have to beat the whole way to Carriacou. Well,  you can end up doing this if you want but there’s a few tricks that you can use to avoid doing this and you can be happily sitting at anchor in Tyrrel Bay relaxing with a cold beer watching the sun set while those who don’t know are still bashing around out there!  Here’s how to go about it:

From St. George’s head for Moliniere Point about 1 mile north of town. At Moliniere just leave the main up sheeted in and motor up the coast. Don’t go more than a few hundred yards off shore, if you’re just on the outside of fishing boats moored up then you’re ok. When you get to the very top end of Grenada keep going around the corner and head into Sauters Bay if the wind appears more out of the north east. It can be rough and blustery at the north end of the island – but don’t worry it will settle down! When you’re nearly off Sauters and you think you can lay The Sisters (off Ronde Island) on one tack then head off and go for it! Motor sail if you have to – keep your speed up as much as you can as this will minimize the time you spend in the (normally) adverse current. Don’t worry if you don’t lay the Sisters, you can tack back in BUT only do this when you’re tucked in behind Ronde Island. When you’re right up next to Kick ’em Jenny (i.e. 50 yards off!) tack off again and head for Carriacou. Same rules apply – don’t worry about trying to point up for Carriacou if this means you’re losing too much speed; keep above 6 knots if you can. Just north of Kick ’em Jenny it will get rough for a short while – it’s just the current. If you don’t lay Carriacou on one tack then only tack when you’re nicely in the lee of the island, as you get closer the sea will get progressively flatter and your speed will climb. The island will protect you from the worst of the current. Tyrrel Bay is an easy bay to enter.  

TIP: If you have time and the weather is suitable,  the small anchorage on the west side of Ronde Island makes an idyllic spot for lunch and a swim! 

Tips taken from our new Wikiloc page – have fun planning your sailing holiday before you arrive! don’t miss it!  http://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/user.do?name=Horizon

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2011 Oyster Regatta – fun and excitement in Grenada

April 22, 2011

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Oysters in Grenada

Oysters in Grenada

The 2011 Oyster Regatta was a huge hit last week, with some great races and fun evenings to reward the hard-working crews. Some unfortunate weather affected the Parade of Sails the first morning, but the clouds soon cleared and the day’s racing was made more interesting with frequent wind shifts. […]

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Oyster Caribbean Regatta 2011 in Grenada!

April 8, 2011

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Horizon Yacht Charters is proud to be a local partner for the upcoming 2011 Oyster Regatta to be held in Grenada next week! From Monday the 11th of April to Saturday, the 16th of April, Grenada will be in the spotlight for this exciting event. Hosted by Port Louis Marina, the yacht fleet will enjoy a programme of racing, with the crews’ down time filled with tours and wonderful dinners and cocktail parties at some of Grenada’s most stunning venues , including Le Phare Bleu, the Beach Cabana at Mount Cinnamon, La Luna and the Aquarium Restaurant. Currently around 25 Oysters are entered between 55 and 82 feet in length.


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Ask Pandora: The Need for Speed – an Insider’s Report on the Grenada Sailing Festival

March 26, 2010

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Now Pandora is usually the type of easy-going girl that likes to cruise and take her time in the beautiful southern Caribbean islands. But every now and again who amongst us doesn’t feel a little racy…so ever the intrepid inquisitor, Pandora went to the annual Grenada Sailing Festival at the end of January to find out what it’s all about.

The Grenada Sailing Festival is a 5 day event involving 4 days of racing around the south west tip of the island between Port Louis near St Georges and True Blue Bay on the south side of the island. While Pandora’s good friend John reckons if it flies or floats you’re better off renting it, the owners of boats from as far afield as the UK, the USA and Trinidad as well as the local speed freaks seem oblivious to this and push their boats very hard, which results in spending a lot of the following week (or much longer) fixing them!

Fortunately you don’t have to be a boat owner to enjoy a regatta in the Caribbean. There’s really something for everyone in this orgy of yachtie euphoria. If you’re keen to get onboard, most boats need crew of varying skill levels and are always on the look-out for willing volunteers – the least experienced of which are classified as “rail meat”. Then there’s the partying in the evening where everyone regardless of their involvement is welcome and the rum flows faster than the bills from Budget Marine….

The 2010 event featured a record 43 boats in 6 classes (Racing, cruising, charter and multi-hull classes) and kicked off on Friday January 29th with a skippers briefing at The Victory Bar in Port Louis Marina. It soon became obvious that the skill required was not note taking but balancing prodigious quantities of Mount Gay, cases of Heineken and other free goodies in one hand while drinking with the other. The most important instruction given out was “make sure you finish the rum before the start line tomorrow!”

The first race day dawned bright and sunny, but with very fresh conditions. Pretty much everyone was prowling about near the start line about an hour before the first hooter started. Checking the wind and current, adjusting sails, synchronizing watches, and poring over the courses for their class as they were announced on the VHF. Starts are not for the faint-hearted; there’s lots of shouting at each other calling for “water” and right of way, fast tacking, quick gybing and huge chunks of money in boat shapes passing so close you can almost kiss the other crew (if that’s your thing!).Once away and round Grenada’s SW tip the fleet was assailed with gusty 25kt winds and 12ft waves, testing conditions for anyone sailing, let alone racing. After 2 races the toll was heavy on the fleet – blown sails, shattered blocks, snapped sheets and bent booms. Unfortunately one of the J24’s racing broached and sank with the crew being picked up by the rescue boat!

Plenty of post race repairs aided by the yacht services industry of Grenada to get the boats put back together for the next day’s race. And of course the day’s prize giving at the Victory Bar with many a tale of survival and sense of achievement to get through a hard first day.

The remaining 3 days followed a similar pattern, though the strong initial winds fortunately abated a little. A long Ocean Race and a Pursuit Race mixed into the program made sure the skippers were thoroughly tested in all types of races. Meanwhile in Pandora’s opinion the highlight of the event’s social entertainment was the party at True Blue Bay Resort on Monday. It was packed, with not just the competitors (now feeling more warm and fuzzy to their opposition) but it seemed like everyone from the south of the island was there, including students from the local university. There was shouting and cheering, dancing with anyone who whisked you onto the dance floor, and some of the winners generously allowing others not so fortunate to be photographed with their trophies! At the end of the night in a taxi bus on the way home Pandora even joined in a raucous sing song in French with a load of Dutchmen who had entered the event. ‘Nuff said….

There’s no doubt that getting involved in a Caribbean Sailing Regatta is an amazing exhilarating (though exhausting), experience. Racing sailboats is an undeniable rush. But what was surprising was the camaraderie between everyone. The same guy who almost rammed you at the start is the one who back on the dock will give you some sail tape to repair your sail, loan you his rope cutter to fix your jib sheet, and buy you a rum in the bar. There’s a whole lot of love that goes round even in this most competitive arena. And who can resist that…..

For a really excellent 3 minute video with photographs by Onne van der Wal click here

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Grenada Sailing Festival 2010 launched

November 25, 2009

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Last Friday, Grenada’s yachting community gathered at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina for the launch of the 2010 Grenada Sailing Festival. Port Louis Marina will be the headquarters of the 2010 Grenada Sailing Festival and with this in mind some changes to the regatta format have been announced. The keel boat series which starts with four days of south coast racing on January 29th will now be followed by the hugely successful Workboat Regatta staged on Grand Anse Beach instead of running concurrently. These two very different events have always run alongside each other in an effort to mix it up for all involved, but with the success of both events growing it was decided to separate the two so each benefits from the total focus that they so rightly deserve.

It was also announced that there will be longer racing courses, deep water marks laid and an extended South Coast Ocean triangle course to suit some of the larger racing yachts that they hope will attend. The traditional Mount Gay Red Cap party will be hosted at the Victory Bar in Port Louis Marina, now managed by the very talented Ulrich Kuhn, owner of the Aquarium Restaurant with the special responsibility to see that the Festival parties are spot on.

2010 will be the sixteenth year of running for the Sailing Festival. For further information see the Grenada Sailing Festival website here

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