Carriacou Regatta August 3, 2019
Our annual fun filled four-day festival usually occurs the first weekend in August. The Carriacou Regatta will celebrate its 54th anniversary in 2019 reflecting the importance and devotion of our people to seamanship and boat building.
The event has evolved into a major Caribbean event featuring various classes of vessels, now augmented by on-shore activities such as donkey-racing, walking the greasy-pole, bicycle-races, drinking competitions, and evening-entertainment of all sorts.
Green Roof Inn is the best place to be for full view of Hillsborough Bay, come and enjoy the races from our sea side pavillion or the upstairs veranda!
Our new jetty accommodates visitors from the sea. We offer regatta specials on eats and drinks during the races!
Don't miss live band entertainment on regatta Saturday at LA PLAYA - BEACH BAR
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