SAILING IN GRENADA
Lying in the southernmost portion of the Windward Islands, a Grenada sailing vacation offers a world of itinerary options to suit the tastes of sailors with basic skills in coastal navigation to those experienced skippers wishing to embark on longer hauls with more challenging open water passages.
The winds are nearly always NE-SE and run the gamut from a gentle 10 knots to a more spirited 25 knots, intensifying around the northern ends of the islands; calms are rare. The trade winds typically blow from the northeast during the winter months, prime time for a Grenada yacht charter, and more southeasterly during the summer. The north-south orientation of the islands means the wind will be on the beam more often than not when sailing south, but, since most of the islands in the Grenadines are close together, the sailing is great no matter the heading. On northward passages, such as from Union Island to Bequia, sailing close-hauled or on a close reach isn’t beyond the realm of possibility. Year-round temperatures average from 79○ F - 82○ F
Grenada has a subtropical climate with a mild dry season from January to May and a wet season from June to December with high temperatures and humidity. Average annual precipitation varies from 1,524 mm (60 inches) in the coastal districts to 5,080 mm (200 inches) in the mountains.
The prevailing NE trade winds and the hurricane season are from June to December while average temperature ranges in St. Georges are from 79°F - 82°F (26°C-28°C) year round.
In the Caribbean the tide range is very small: 30 cm to 90 cm (1-3 ft), including the variation of level due to atmospheric pressure and dominant winds.
Current is normally westerly up to 2.5 knots.
Those making passages among islands should take this into account.
Area: 340 sq km (131 sq miles).
Geography: Grenada is located in the Caribbean. The island is of volcanic origin and is divided by a central mountain range. It is the most southerly of the Windward Islands.
Capital city: St. George's
Ethnic groups: black 82%, mixed black and European 13%, European and East Indian 5%, and trace of Arawak/Carib Amerindian
Official Languages: English (official), French patois
Religion: Roman Catholic 53%, Anglican 14%, smaller Protestant denominations 33%
Government: Parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm
Major Industries: Food and beverages, textiles, light assembly operations, tourism, construction.
Tipping: A 10 to 15% tip is standard at restaurants, taxis, etc. $1 per bag for bellhops.
Currency: The Local currency is the United States Dollar (USD)
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Three-point plugs are standard.
Time: UTC/GMT -4 hours.
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