PRESS RELEASE — The OECS Commission joined the Saint Lucian Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Dominic Fedee in welcoming over one hundred sailors who docked on Saint Lucia as part of the 27th Edition of the Karibik (German translation for Caribbean) Trophy, a German Regatta being held from November 19th to December 3rd.
OECS Tourism Specialist Dr. Lorraine Nicholas said the OECS Commission had played a key role in the promotion of the Karibik Trophy at the Eastern Caribbean Village at the Boot Düsseldorf Boat Show in Germany, dubbed one of world’s largest Boat Shows.
“This exciting regatta which comprises 123 sailors on 20 vessels started in Martinique with the next stop being Saint Lucia on November 21st” said Dr. Nicholas.
“The majority of sailors who are Germans will spend three days in St. Lucia and return to Martinique after which they sail onto Dominica and then onto Guadeloupe.
“We are extremely honoured to have welcomed them to the region and to recognise their important role in being ambassadors for the OECS yachting sector in the European market” said Dr. Nicholas.
The Karibik welcoming ceremony was held at the Pigeon Island National Park from 7-9 p.m on Monday 21st November.
In addition to the OECS representative and the Tourism Minister, welcome remarks were also delivered by officials representing the Saint Lucia Tourist Board and the Saint Lucia Yacht Club.
During the ceremony the sailors enjoyed some traditional local entertainment including steel pan music.
Whilst in Saint Lucia, the sailors also visited the touristic town of Soufriere where they enjoyed some excursions including a visit to the Sulphur Springs, a hike of the Tet Paul nature trail; and visits to the waterfalls and botanical gardens. Visitors also toured the historic town of Soufriere.
Their visit culminates in an award ceremony tonight at Marigot Bay which starts at 6pm. Three prizes are up for grabs – 1st catamaran to arrive; 1stmono-hull vessel to arrive; and the last boat to arrive.