Beyond The Sea At Marigot Bay Resort & Marina
Long recognised as one of the Caribbean’s most secure anchoring spots, Marigot Bay provides protection to ships from all over the world. Known as a 'hurricane hole', Marigot Bay Resort, Spa and Marina is surrounded by mountains which protect it from tidal changes and destructive weather.
Deep enough to accommodate some of the world's largest superyachts, Marigot Bay Marina is chosen as a start and drop off point by many yacht charter guests who benefit from direct flights to the island from the US, UK and Canada. All our marina guests have complimentary access to Marigot Bay Resort and its amenities including pools, spa, restaurants and fitness suite - just some of the perks of tying up at Marigot Bay Marina which you can read about in October's newsletter - sign up here for monthly updates from "the Caribbean's most beautiful bay".
Troy Blanchard is Marigot Bay’s Marina Manager, and he is geared up for the yachting season with his team. Troy joined Marigot Bay Marina when it opened in 2007 and has assisted with its continuous development in the years since then. Now the marina outperforms the competition as Saint Lucia’s top yachting destination, praised by skippers and sailors for its impeccable service, attention to detail and cultural acuity under his leadership.
Troy’s general mission statement for Marigot Bay Marina is “Sustainable service delivery with Integrity”, and with at least 20 years experience and extensive knowledge of marina operations, he is able to quickly and easily build rapport and establish trust with marina clients. He is also passionate about his work, saying: “At Marigot Bay Marina we develop partnerships and friendships with our guests, who are not just customers. We aim to develop loyal guests who rely upon more than a simple one-time transaction.”
As the inclement weather of the tropical rainy season subsides and cautious seafarers venture out on Saint Lucia's sapphire seas to enjoy the many pleasures that "boating" has to offer during the high season of sunshine and trade winds. Whether your aquatic thrill-seeking involves billowing sails and salty spray or hundreds of horsepower throwing a wide, churning wake, Marigot Bay Marina has the answer and Saint Lucia has a few events lined up.
The island's long-standing International Billfish Tournament is slated for October 29 - November 1, promising to attract competitive sports anglers from the southern Caribbean and further afield for a catch-and-release competition that's been happening for more than twenty-five years. Attractive prizes and a busy schedule of R&R make this Soleil Festival event a popular annual attraction for competitors as well as locals who love to see the spectacular boats.
Meanwhile, the yachting season starts in earnest on November 29 with the Saint Lucia Yacht Club hosting its annual Mango Bowl Regatta which welcomes dozens of boats from neighbouring islands such as Martinique, Barbados and Grenada. Two days of racing in iconic Rodney Bay is peppered with fun social events and great opportunities to network with the sailing community, and the regatta is a green event with its eye on sustainability.
Around the same time, the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - known globally as ARC - departs from Las Palmas in the Canary Islands, and this is the thirtieth year that Rodney Bay in Saint Lucia has been the finish line. The starter's horn will be celebrated locally on November 24 with the ARC Flotilla which musters in Castries Harbour to sail or motor up the coastline in spectacular formation. From two-man Hobie cats to massive party boats, the annual flotilla has been taking place for more than a decade and has grown into a signature day on the water for Saint Lucia's mariners.
Less than two weeks later and more than two hundred participating boats begin to arrive to great ceremony, ranging from international ocean-racing crews who break records to once-in-a-lifetime adventurers looking for a safe, Atlantic crossing with fun competition thrown in. Hosted by Saint Lucia Tourism Authority and Events Commission, a two week calendar of cultural, social and island-exploring activities await the enthusiastic influx of sailors and the Saint Lucian public are always onboard for the party.