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West Indies Regatta

West Indies Regatta in St. Barth, April 26 - 28, 2024

Join the crew at the West Indies Regatta in St. Barth

Dear Friends!

Big announcement! We at Tradition Sailing are excited to offer a very special opportunity, for the first time ever, to join in on our invitation to the extraordinary weekend in St. Barths for the annual West Indies Regatta 2024! This celebration of Caribbean wooden boats is a remarkable 3 days honoring our Caribbean maritime heritage. First, a little about the event:

Preserving a Legacy

In the Caribbean, the art of building sloops like Tradition, from soulful small boats to majestic schooners, is a heritage skill that goes way back. Crafted on beaches with basic tools, these vessels were not just means of transport but symbols of the islands’ resilience and ingenuity. Today, as we face the risk of these skills disappearing, Tradition Sailing is committed to preserving and sharing this priceless legacy and The West Indies Regatta is an unique collection of people and boats coming together to celebrate and shed light on this time-honored subject and component of Caribbean history.

Caribbean Sloops in Gustavia Quay, St. Barth

The West Indies Regatta is a Unesco Supported Event

A Sail across Time

Join us as we continue to support the West Indies Regatta’s objective to conserve the art of Caribbean boatbuilding. This year, Tradition is eager to return and participate amongst a wide variety of wooden sailing vessels representing Carriacou, Antigua, St. Kitts, St. Barth and Grenada, among others.

Event Highlights

Dates: April 26, 27 & 28, 2024
Location: Port de Gustavia, St. Barth
Sponsored by: Collectivitie de St. Barth and UNESCO

            • Gear up for competitive but friendly racing with other Carriacou sloops and wooden vessels. It is a sight to see as we all sail around the beautiful Îles of St. Barth.
            • Each evening, the Gustavia quay becomes a hub of festivities, filled with delicious food, captivating music, and storytelling, providing a window into the soul of Caribbean life.
            • Browse or make purchases at the mesmerizing “Village Artisanal…Saveurs des Caraibes” market (open Friday, Saturday and Sunday), where each participating sloop brings a unique collection of arts, crafts, organic produce, and specialty products from their respective islands. This vibrant gathering revives the bygone era of trade, reminiscent of the days when Carriacou sloops sailed the island chains, exchanging goods and culture.
            • Saturday is a day of racing and the evening on the quay will include a concert by Joshu which may groove you onto the dance floor until late.

        Rafting up at Columbier - a Sunday Favourite of the West Indies Regatta

        Carricou Sloops Raft up at Columbier, St. Barth – an event favourite at the West Indies Regatta

      • The Sunday afternoon post-race raft-up off of Plage de Colombier is a delightful crowning point of the weekend. Envision a gathering of Carriacou Sloops, with crews enjoying a communal potluck feast on their decks, diving into the water for a swim, and musicians spontaneously playing their instruments in a lively jam session. The afternoon epitomizes the camaraderie and friendship among our close-knit community of Caribbean wooden boat lovers.
      • Other Sunday happenings include circus troupe entertainment, a boat flea market for bartering/selling and the anticipated awards ceremony will be held that evening.
      • Participating boats confirmed as of the end of February include: Tradition, Genesis, New Moon, Free In St. Barth, Navasana, Ongoing Java, Blue Peter
The Artisans Market at Gustavia showcases art, craft and specialty items from each island

The Artisinal Market showcases arts, crafts, produce and specialty items from each island

Special Sailing Opportunity on Tradition: Tradition Sailing is happy to offer an exclusive opportunity for 6 sailing enthusiasts (individually or as a group) to join us onboard for this spectacular event. Individuals or a group are invited to join us on this adventure from Anguilla on April 25th with a breathtaking sail from Sandy Ground to Gustavia, or if you prefer to skip that segment, you may meet us directly at the venue in Gustavia St. Barth. After 3 days of great racing around St. Barth, fun and entertainment on the quay and the unique vibe of this event, we’ll sail Tradition back to Anguilla on April 29th.

  • 3-Day Package April 26 – 28 in St. Barth: $1,750 per person (+13% GST) USD
  • Or with Round Trip Extended Sail from Anguilla/St. Barth April 25 & 29: Additional $250 (Total $2,000 per person) USD
  • Includes: All lunches and beverages onboard (including a customary arrival ti punch), time on deck along the quay, a spot on board Tradition for all races and raft-ups, official Tradition Sailing rash guard/t-shirt
  • Note: Accommodations in St. Barth to be arranged independently, preferably and recommended near Gustavia. Sail time from Anguilla to St. Barth and vice versa may range between 6 to 8 hours.

Are you ready to experience Tradition in her element? Contact Deb, swiftly, and reserve your spot for an unforgettable, exclusive experience. 1-264-476-7245 or