It's no idle boast that Grenada is a paradise for yachtsmen, with its perfect blend of sea breezes, pristine blue water, secluded coves, idyllic anchorages and some of the best cruising grounds in the Caribbean.
In fact, the coastline of Grenada offers a wealth of unspoilt natural surroundings that continues to attract more and more yachts from across the region - not just for the island's world-famous regattas, but also for long stays and extended cruises.
Grenada's boat yards are widely used by yachts for dry storage in the hurricane season, with several yards offering haul-out and storage facilities in sheltered bays. In spite of Hurricane Ivan, Grenada is still one of the safest places in the Caribbean for hurricane season storage.
The biggest regatta of the year is the Grenada Sailing Festival, held in January, which attracts yachts from the Caribbean, Europe and the United States. At Easter, the Round-the-Island race has become increasingly popular, while the Carriacou Regatta in August provides a showcase for that island's rich heritage in boatbuilding and seafaring.
The government has long recognised the potential of the yachting sector and is helping it to expand by encouraging further development of facilities and marinas. One way of doing this is to allow duty free imports of spare parts and supplies for the marine sector.
The yachting sector embraces various categories of yachts including charter yachts, cruisers, live-aboards and locally owned yachts. The biggest category is the live-aboards, which have led to a competitively priced yacht service industry. However, studies show that the greatest potential for increased revenue is from the mega-yachts, which often have fully paid crews.
Most of the existing facilities in Grenada cater for mega-yachts as well as smaller craft. Newer facilities are being developed at various locations, while many existing yards are expanding their berthing and storage capacity.
The expansion is mirrored by a growth in ancillary services such as canvas work, chandleries, engine repairs, machine shops, rigging and sailmaking as well as hotels, restaurants and shops. This two-pronged development is creating as long-lasting and proficient marine sector in Grenada that is fast becoming the envy of the region.