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Bequia Easter Regatta Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Fast yachts, fishing vessels and crazy craft – racing all these types of boats and more are what makes the Bequia Easter Regatta, set for April 13-17, the highlight of the year on this largest of the Grenadine islands and attracts sailors from all over the Caribbean as well as Europe and the U.S. mainland.

This year, the host Bequia Sailing Club is expecting a bumper turnout for its 25th anniversary celebrations, building on last year’s record 70-plus-boat fleet. The new J/24 class, in particular, continues to grow and this year should see the largest-ever gathering of this class in the southern Caribbean.

Racing in the local fleet for the first time in many years will be Iron Duke, the newly restored 130-year-old Bequia whaleboat. Iron Duke was one of the very first whaleboats on the island, brought from New England by whaling legend "Old Bill" Wallace in the late 19th century. It was on her sleek lines that all future Bequia whaleboats were based, and as such she forms a unique link to Bequia's whaling and boatbuilding heritage.

In addition to the Bequia's own "two-bow" fleet, boats are expected from throughout the Grenadines, Tobago and possibly as far away as Anguilla to compete in the local boat races. It is undoubtedly these colorful, skillfully sailed double-enders that make the Bequia Regatta unique, creating a thrilling spectacle as they share the water with the fleet of racing yachts.

Apart from the sailing action, there will also be the traditional Lower Bay beach splash on Easter Sunday with Sandcastle Competition and Crazy Craft race, plus numerous shore activities for all ages under the Almond Tree in Port Elizabeth on Easter Monday.

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