Author Archives: Rene Froehlich

Carriacou Regatta 2013

All pictures by Helen Mussell, SY Iguana
2nd August

4th August

5th August

5th August – Prize Giving

Grenada to Carriacou Feeder Race

Thursday 1st August was an absolutely picture perfect day, blue sky, flat sea and a nice breeze.
At 8am in the morning 10 boats gathered in St Georges at the start line for the feeder race to Carriacou.
However there was not enough wind therefore it was decided to motor up to Gouyave. Once Gouyave was reached everybody took their own start time and headed up to Carricaou for a finish in Tyrell Bay.

Results

1 Tropical
2 Tulaichean II
3 Adleme
4 Iguana
5 Apero
6 IWW Die Hard
7 Savvy
8 Baraka
9 Cat Bird

Winner Grenada Carriacou Regatta

Christain & Isabelle of SY Tropical!
Winner of the Feeder Race Grenada to Carriacou 2013

S/V Critical Path DNF
They were neck and neck with Tulaichean II on the tack into Tyrell Bay when their jib sheet block lifted up the deck so they had to drop sails.

Congratulations to the winner and big thanks to everybody who participated!

Yes we want to do it again!

How about you?
Feeder Race

Since we first raced our sailing boat in Grenada we got the ‘race bug’. Right now our lovely lady ‘Dione’ is out on the hard to be worked on. Our aim is to take part in the feeder race to Carriacou and participate in the traditional Carriacou Regatta.

If you want to sail to Carriacou but prefer to go in a group, this is a very good opportunity. The feeder race to Carriacou is a fun race you do not need a CSA rating. Everybody can join.

We leave on 1st August, 8am, from St George, however if you want to leave earlier that is fine too. Just take your own start time and let us know.

The Carriacou Regatta is a well-known regatta and was first established in 1965. Competitors from all around the world with work boats, racing boats, sailing boats and yachts compete.

You can sign up here and get all the details so we know who is participating.

Have you ever seen a Mermaid?

So far I have not seen a real one but you never know….!

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Besides sailing I am also a passionate sculptor. You can imagine how excited I was when Jana and Dieter from Le Phare Bleu commissioned me to create a figure head for the relaunch of their restaurant ‘The Deck’.

The practice of figure heads date back to the 16th century and lasted until the beginning of the 20th century. The figure was often named after the ship, she was a patron saint and believed to influence the success of a trip. In Europe it was believed that spirits/faeries lived in the figureheads. The spirit would protect the ship and its crew from sickness, storms and dangerous winds.

Figureheads were carved from massive wood and mounted on the tip of the hull which affected the sailing qualities of the ship. This, plus the cost of such a piece of art was the reason that the figures got smaller in the 18th century until they were abolished altogether. Sad really if you look at some of those great figureheads, that are now collector items and can be admired in marine museums or bought as reproductions.

The forms of the figure heads changed with the time. Besides of lions, mermaids, warriors or powerful or delicate female characters were carved and mounted on the stern of the boat to ward off evil spirits.

For this mermaid I used various materials, the cast was done with a wire mesh and plastered with cements. As an artist I always like to work with other artists, do projects together. So I asked my friend Susan Mains, a great and well known artist, if she would like to join me and help painting the ‘lady’. She agreed and it was great fun!

On 21th June The Deck at Le Phare Bleu was officially opened with a new and great menu! Guests were asked to submit names for ‘The Mermaid’. We will let you know her name as soon as it was chosen.

The mermaid shall now protect Le Phare Bleu Marina & Boutique Resort from all evil spirit and watch over all their guests.

We also made a few videos especially when we painted her. If you want to see all the videos we made, here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqAcUr42vzwnw-N1UIz5Hs–cfrpnF1Ha

Father’s Day Fun Race

The course for the next Sunday Fun Race is all set:

SUNDAY FUN RACE – NON HANDICAP
The course is to be sailed to the written word
Race Channel 06 VHF
Start time 10.30hrs GPS time
Time check 10:20hrs VHF Channel 06
10:29hrs 1min warning signal
Disclaimer – note this is a fun race, no protests allowed & avoid collisions at all times

Prickley Bay: Start (Outer red channel mark)
LPB Yellow mark: To Port (Pos Approx: 11°59.3’N 61°42.8’W)
Glover Island: Finish

The Porpoises & Tara Island shall be treated as an obstruction

Spinnakers optional

Course 16 June 2013

Looking forward to seeing you on the water! Hope the sun will be out and help make this a great Father’s Day event.
The PCYC will have their BBQ on Glover Island, so there will be cold drinks and great food!

Sunday Fun Race

Are you up for some fun racing?

The details for the next Fun Race are as follows:

Date: 16 June
Start Time: 10.30 am
Course Start: St. George’s Entrance
Course Finish: Glover Island
Details: to follow, we will decide on the course depending on who is joining that race

As you might know the PCYC is having a BBQ on Glover Island on that date and we thought it would be a good idea to have a race to Glover Island and join them for the BBQ.

Reserve your space with Jane at thecanvasshop@spiceisle.com for the BBQ by Monday at the latest. If you want to join this race please call us at 419 3618 or send an email to info@sailingschoolgrenada.com

Price for the BBQ is around EC 30.00, drinks EC 5.00

See you all on the water!

Be Prepared to Get Wet!

Fathers Day is the slogan of the Petite Calivigny Yacht Club.

It is a small, friendly and fun club for sailors and none-sailors. Some of the events are members only but they also offer events for none-members.

Father’s Day is such a none-members event and we are sure it will be a day full of fun. We are planning to sail to Glover Island, drop anchor and have a great day! Bring your snorkeling and swimming gear and good shoes if you want to explore the island and its old whaling station.

If you want to join let us know as soon as possible as we have to make a reservation to ensure there is enough BBQ 😉

If you would like to be part of this great day but do not feel comfortable enough to sail to Glover island we can organise transport by dinghy or tug boat, just let us know!

Hope you are coming! You can either reserve your spot directly with thecanvasshop@spiceisle.com or drop us an email at info@sailingschoolgrenada.com

Mission I: Welcoming Mike Gascoyne

On the 28th November 2012 we picked up a tweet about Mike Gascoyne leaving Lisbon, Portugal and solo racing straight to Grenada.
Every year many sail boats cross the Atlantic, but from Lisbon to Grenada? And on a solo race? This made us curious and we started to do some research. As we are more interested in sailing than in Formula One, the name did not ring a bell. Thanks to all the social media tools we found out more about Mike Gascoyne and the Caterham Callenge.

Caterham Composites

Caterham Composites

We contacted Caterham Composites and asked for permission to surprise Mike Gascoyne with a ‘Welcome Fleet’ in Grenada. He had a tracker on his boat and tweeted his positions, weather conditions and made everybody be part of his race to Grenada.
Browse through the videos Mike Gascoyne made during his solo race:
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTfJmJFX9JXXPwge1xYWq9A?feature=watch
You can also follow him on Twitter!

The 48 hours before his arrival were extremely exciting as the ETA’s (estimated time of arrival) changed due to weather and wind conditions.
1. ETA Thursday, 13th December, 2pm
2. ETA Thursday, 13th December, 6pm: tricky timing for us, as there are reefs which can not be seen very well in the dark.
3. ETA Friday, 14th December, just after sunrise: much better
Then a tweet ‘Land Ho, Carriacou ahead, first land sighted since the southern tip of Madira 12 days ago’
4. ETA Friday, 14th December, 5pm
Could not have been better planned! The weather was absolutely perfect, blue sky and calm sea with a light breeze.
At 2pm we gathered with friends and press people and jumped on our boats and headed out to greet Mike Gascoyne.

Anybody who ever made a crossing knows the feeling when suddenly after days with no land sighting you see a green dot that gets bigger and land forms. This was now the other way around and it is very exciting too! You see a little white dot but is i him? Then it gets bigger and bigger and then you can see and you know YES it is him, he made it!

Well done Mike for solo racing from Lisbon to Grenada on this class 40 racing yacht, what an achievement!

Mike mentioned in the interview that he is looking into taking part the next Barcelona World Race 2014 . We wish you all the luck and you can bet we will ‘follow’ you!

Thanks again for letting us be part of it!
Daniela & Rene

Pictures courtesy picturesofgrenda.com

Mike Gascoyne Bio

Mike, is one of the most renowned technicians in Formula One and has carved out an illustrious career at the pinnacle of international motorsport for over two decades. Having studied for a Ph.D. in fluid dynamics at Cambridge University throughout the 1980s, Mike’s passion for motorsport took him into the world of Formula One for the first time in 1989 when he joined the McLaren team. Since 1989 Mike has continued working at varying teams and currently holds the position of Group Chief Technical Officer, with overall technical responsibility for all Caterham Group activities.
Mike started sailing at a very early age. His dad run the north norfolk sailing school and the solo atlantic crossing was always something he dreamed of. Caterham Composites and its affiliation with Alex Thomson Racing and Mike’s experience in sailing will improve the understanding of the technical needs within the marine sector and the solutions Caterham Composites can offer…

A Book is Passing Hands

In our courses we teach how to dock in the marina under sail. Clarke’s Court Bay Marina is ideal, as we have enough space and the bay is very sheltered. When we come in after sailing, other sailors watch and often are impressed. A special impression made our 10-year old student Kenyon on Heidi from S/V Centurine. One day she came around and handed over a book that had passed many hands already. The book ‘Blue Sloop at Dawn’ has been written by Richard Bode and first been printed in 1979. The book tells a story of a 10-year old who lost his parents and one day he discovers his love of sailing and becomes proficient enough to sail the sloop of his dreams.

How to Pull up the Main Sail in a Marina

One of the first steps when setting sails is raising the mainsail. This is usually a simple task, however it can be tricky in certain wind conditions and one has to be careful and follow some guidelines to ensure the main goes up smoothly.
Normally the sails are being pulled up in the open water. To do so, the boat is pointed into the wind.
In our courses we teach docking under sails. To do so the room to maneuver has to be big enough and the wind conditions have to be right.
To pull up the main sail, the main boom has to point into the wind. If the main boom is not pointing into the wind you will have too much pressure on the sail slugs and the luff. If you are using ‘lazy jacks’ you also have to make sure the sails do not jam especially in the areas of the battens. Dirt in the sail groove can also jam the sails. If that happens just lower the sail a bit, check where the problems are, fix it and then proceed. Make sure you keep watching that the sail is moving up smoothly and does not jam.
Remember when you are using a winch you have much more power and must watch careful and not keep pulling up the sails when it is jammed. You might break something.
If the sail is fully up you can trim it with the help of the winch.
Watch our video on ‘How to Pull up the Main Sail in a Marina’