More great news is that a crack team from the Royal Albert Yacht Club, based in Southampton, Great Britain, will be entering for the first time in Incisor, a Corby 45 - and they are likely to take on some strong competition from another first-time entry from the USA - past Key West winner Storm, the state of the art Reichel-Pugh 43.
The organizers also report that they have already got committed entries for 2006 from two more boats that could not take part in the last event due to damage sustained during Hurricane Ivan - John BRANTLEY's Alliance, a Sigma 38 and Turbulence Grenada/Spice Island Marine Service's fast Hobie 33, Category 5, winner of the Grenada Yacht Club's Summer Regatta, skippered by competitive racer Richard SZYJAN.
With further confirmed entries from Trinidad with Jerome MCQUILKIN in his Beneteau Oceanis 430, Wayward, and Peter PEAKE with his Henderson 30, Slippery When Wet, organizers report that this is the highest early entry ever, and with planned course changes to make races longer, they are looking forward to the 2006 Festival having the best and most competitive racing class since the event began in 1994.
The 2006 Festival is based at True Blue Bay Resort and Marina and the race schedule will again feature the ComNavNX2 Cup, sponsored by Canada's ComNav Marine Ltd., who joined the event for the first time in 2005 as a new official Festival sponsor. The Mount Gay, Heineken and LaSource Race Series will also be run on the Saturday, Monday and Tuesday of the event.
The ever popular traditional Cable & Wireless Work Boat Regatta will also be a high spot of the four day Festival, with some fiercely competitive racing off Grand Anse Beach on Saturday and Sunday 28 and 29 January - this is the event that proves sailing can be a spectator sport.
The 2005 Festival was run just five months after the devastation of Hurricane Ivan, when the damage to the island and its facilities was still plain to see. However, the marine industry was one of the sectors at the forefront of rebuilding. The President of the Marine and Yachting Association of Grenada (MAYAG) reports, 'Through hard work and the help of friends from other islands and countries further a field, our industry is back up and running, many businesses with expanded and improved facilities, to make Grenada the yachting centre it was and should be.'
The LaSource Grenada Sailing Festival is run with the support of the Grenada Board of Tourism and sponsors including Heineken and Mount Gay Rum through agents Bryden & Minors; Cable & Wireless Grenada Limited; ComNav Marine Ltd.; True Blue Bay Resort & Marina; American Eagle; British Airways; Grenada Bottling Company Ltd.; The Grenada Yacht Club; Glenelg Natural Spring Water; Horizon Yacht Charters; Turbulence Grenada Ltd.; Spice Island Marine Services Ltd.; Island Dreams Yacht Management; Grenada Broadcasting Network; and Ernest Marshall Construction, LA Law Enterprises, Deyna's Tasty Foods, L.L Ramdhanny & Co., Island Water World, and Grenada Electrical Contractors for their essential contribution to the Work Boat Regatta on Grand Anse Beach.