Windward Boat Launch
10 January 2010 | Windward, Carriacou
Carriacou sloop launch in Windward.
We were privileged to be asked to the launch of a new local boat, built right on the beach at Windward in Carriacou, and to join a couple of hundred locals and tourists alike to literally push the new "baby" into the water ! It was quite a spectacle, with a long line out to sea and a line of people (much like a tug of war line..) pulling, while the new boat, named Zemi, was pushed along a line of tree trunks over railway sleepers amidst much shouting of instructions. Once the new boat was in the water, there was much cheering and anointing with a bottle of red wine, and then the partying began. Music played and the beer flowed, to celebrate this very special occasion. Carriacou sloops are built in the age old way - on the beach, no computer or special machinery, just a half model and the family handed-down skills of moulding the wood, laying the keel, etc