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Carriacou Workboat Regatta celebrating 50 years
Fearing the demise of the local boatbuilding industry in the face of competition from steel cargo vessels from Europe, Jamaican-born American yachtsman Linton Rigg launched the week-long Carriacou Regatta in 1965 in the bucolic haven of sugar-white beaches and magnificent coral reefs to which he had retired.
Starting and ending in Hillsborough Bay, the regatta’s main aim is still to promote the indigenous art of building working boats, often without plans or aids, as handed down by early Irish and Scottish settlers. The expats also bequeathed a taste and talent for wild celebration: new boats are launched with raucous ceremonies that recall Celtic as well as African traditions. In between races round the island and out to sea, the regatta includes street parties, donkey races, concerts and the ‘Big Drum Dance