Martinique’s Must-Visit Sailing Festival

martinique sailing festival coverA group of yoles in Saint Pierre, Martinique.

By the Caribbean Journal staff

One of the Caribbean’s greatest racing events is back for its 35th edition this year with Martinique’s one-of-a-kind Tour de Yoles sailing festival.

The week-long event is a nautical competition unique to Martinique — and one of the French Caribbean department’s cultural emblems.

The racing series is unique in using the rectangular-sailed “Yole Ronde,” a boat created by a carpenter from Le Francois, Martinique in the 1940s.

Set across eight stages around Martinique, it’s as much about the on-land festivities as it is the intense racing, with beach parties, fetes and, of course, Martinique’s world-famous rhum.

The festivities begin in Le Francois on July 27, followed by racing in La Trinite, Saint Pierre, Fort-de-France, Les Anses d’Arlet, Diamant, Sainte Anne and Vauclin.

The eighth and final stage takes place on Sunday Aug. 4 from Vauclin to the town of Robert.

For more, visit the Tour des Yoles.

— CJ

 

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