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SAIL - - Charter Special -

The sail­ing sea­son in Gre­nada and St. Vin­cent & The Gre­nadines is year-round; hur­ri­canes rarely bother these is­lands. The last big ex­cep­tion was Ivan, back in 2004. It’s a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for cruis­ers to spend hur­ri­cane sea­son and has some ex­cel­lent ma­rine fa­cil­i­ties. It is a beau­ti­ful, friendly is­land, with de­cent in­fra­struc­ture and a wel­com­ing at­ti­tude to tourists. There are good con­nec­tions to Gre­nada from the United States and di­rect flights from Great Bri­tain. Most of the ma­jor char­ter com­pa­nies have bases in Gre­nada, and one or two, in­clud­ing Hori­zon, are also in St Vin­cent. Next time, we would think about a one-way char­ter from St Vin­cent to Gre­nada. This would al­low us to spend more time on Gre­nada it­self, which has some in­trigu­ing-look­ing an­chor­ages. Sail­ing con­di­tions are gov­erned by the north­east trades, which of­ten blow in the 20s, mak­ing for some bois­ter­ous pas­sages be­tween the is­lands. They cer­tainly pro­vided us with some epic sail­ing; in terms of sail­ing plea­sure this area knocks the BVI out of the ball­park. The is­land’s tourism author­ity, Pure Gre­nada (grenada­grenadines.com) is a good source of in­for­ma­tion on the is­land, its peo­ple and the mul­ti­plic­ity of things to do there. We spent our first and last nights stay­ing at the friendly water­side True Blue Bay re­sort (true­blue­bay. com) next door to the ma­rina, with two swim­ming pools, a choice of apart­ments and a pop­u­lar res­tau­rant and bar, The Dodgy Dock. We char­tered with Hori­zon Yacht Char­ters (hori­zony­achtchar­ters.com).

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