A recent trip organised by Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, the Sacks Group of Yachting Professionals and the Grenada Board of Tourism proved an insightful introduction to the delights of Grenada and its surrounding cruising grounds for some of the world’s most influential charter yacht brokers. Officials at Camper and Nicholsons Port Louis Marina said the trip was highly successful and have complimented the Minister of Tourism Hon. Peter David and the Board of Tourism for their contribution.
“The Board of Tourism was instrumental in making this trip a success. We want to thank them for their assistance and we look forward to continuing our work with them,” said General Manager Clyde Rawls. “We continue to state how much we value Government’s contribution to our project. We believe that the Minister of Tourism and the entire Government have recognized that we are not only interested in promoting our project but in promoting Grenada as a destination. Therefore we have sought to work closely with Government to ensure that Grenada receives maximum benefits.”
The group, which included personnel from International Yacht Charter Group, The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals, International Yacht Collection, Yachtstore, Northrop & Johnson, and Jill Bobrow, the Editor of Showboats International started the trip with a tour of Grenada itself. Camper and Nicholsons collaborated with the Board of Tourism to give the yachting industry professionals, a true Grenada experience.
Highlights of the visit included a visit to the magnificent Concorde waterfalls, a traditional Grenadian lunch and a tour of Belmont Estate. At Belmont the brokers got the chance “to walk the cocoa pods,” an experience which they said was amazingly unique. They also visited the Grand Etang rainforest and lake where they enjoyed an encounter with the monkeys which live in the forest.
While here they sailed with Tony Lawson, organiser of the Spice Race from the UK’s Solent to Grenada, on his Class 40 racing yacht. They got the chance to check out the PL/C&NM Grenada Sailing Festival, watching both the keel boat and wooden work boat regattas.
The brokers were highly impressed with the Minister of Tourism Hon. Peter David who they dined with aboard the M.Y. Touch. They had the opportunity to hear his views on Grenada’s tourism industry and the promising future of yachting in Grenada. “Traditionally yachts have always been sent to the North of the Caribbean in particular Antigua, St. Martin, USVI, BVI but we are working really hard to ensure that Grenada is included onto the itineraries of these charter companies. We intend to make Grenada one of the hot spots for yachting in the Caribbean,” said Marketing Coordinator Danny Donelan.
The brokers ended their Grenada trip with a cruise of the Grenadines on the MY Touch – an opportunity to enjoy the spice-scented trade winds, mountainous tropical islands, powder-white beaches and turquoise waters. They visited Sandy Island, took in a tour of Carriacou, and followed by dinner at the Green Roof Restaurant on the island.
They then cruised to Mayreau and had lunch at Denis Hideaway Restaurant. Moving on, they visited fashionable Mustique, where they enjoyed a tour of the island famed for visitors that included Mick Jagger, Princess Margaret and David Bowie. A trip to Bequia followed. Here they visited the Turtle Sanctuary and then had dinner at Maria’s French Terrace.
As the tour ended, the brokers were taken to the airport at St. Vincent where they flew to Puerto Rico and then Miami. They left singing the praises of Grenada and the Grenadines. The group left with a promise that has delighted both the Minister of Tourism and Port Louis Marina – to send a lot more yachts down to the island.
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