St. George’s, Grenada – Creating a colorful spectacle for those on and off the sea, the annual LaSource Grenada Sailing Festival will celebrate its 13th year from January 27th – 31st, 2006.

The LaSource Grenada Sailing Festival is also well known for its provision of special entertainment for the entire family. This includes everything from fun dinghy races for the youngsters to hard fought competition within the fleet of ocean-going international yachts. Each day of racing ends with a grand party at a different picturesque waterside restaurant where guests will enjoy delicious local food and drink, while listening to live music that ranges from African drummers to local folk singers, as well as DJ’s and reggae bands.

The keel boat racers will be in action on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday as crews compete on a series of courses set off the island’s southern coast in the Mount Gay Race Series, the Heineken Race Series, the Grenada Yacht Club/Glenelg Natural Spring Water Festival Race and the LaSource Trophy – some of the most exhilarating sailing into the region. The highlight of the festival for many, though, will come on both Saturday and Sunday when the traditional workboats battle it out for the honor of being Grenada’s National Champion, as well as for the chance to win cash prizes of US$1,000, $500 and $250.

Over those two days, more than 5,000 people will visit the beach to watch and enjoy the festivities. With more than 40 brightly colored wooden boats racing off Grenada’s beautiful Grand Anse Beach, visitors can cheer on their favorite crews, as they run down the beach to their boats in a ‘Le Mans’ style start. Once the race ends, skippers from boats such as Black Magic, Try Me, Blue Eyes, Happy Hour, One Love, Volcano and High Tide will compete to be first back on the beach to drink a shot of rum.

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