Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Hon Elvin Nimrod has called on the Regatta Committee to ensure that there is a youthful blend of membership within the organizational structure of the event.
While declaring the 52nd annual anniversary of the celebration officially opened last week Friday at Hillsborough Square, Minister Nimrod said that the inclusion of youths into the festival is a sure sign of sustainability.
He said that if the late founder of the festival, Linton J Riggs was alive now, he would have been extremely proud of the fact that after all these decades the celebrations continue to be a premier event on the sister isles and country as a whole.
Praising the previous committees, Minister Nimrod said that not only is the festival showcasing the brilliance of the local shipwrights and racers throughout the sister isles and other parts of the region, but it’s also important as a main economic generating factor to Carriacou and Petite Martinique and the nation.
“Everyone benefits from the regatta and therefore it’s important for members of the corporate society to support the festival as much as possible,” said Minister Nimrod as he welcomed the visitors to Carriacou’s shore.
Head of Nautical Development at the Grenada Tourism Authority, Nikoyan Roberts, said that the GTA was once again pleased to play a part in the growth of the festival.
She said that the GTA views the Carriacou Regatta Festival as a premier event. Mrs Roberts said that GTA has been doing as much as possible in promoting the festival and the various activities.
The Carriacou Regatta she added speaks to a great skill, which Carriacou and Petite Martinique have mastered in terms of the building and sailing of “some beautiful crafts”.
President of the committee, Carl Benjamin, once again reiterated the need for early planning of the 2018 festival. Mr Benjamin pointed out that weeks planning for a festival of this magnitude for only four weeks is asking too much from the committee.
However, despite the challenges, Mr Benjamin promised a successful festival for 2017.
The opening ceremony concluded with performances from the Carriacou Carib Organization Big Drum group, Maypole dance and the Dream Life String Band.