2019 Annual Yachtie Appreciation Week

2019 Annual Yachtie Appreciation Week

PAYS, the Portsmouth Association of Yacht Services, listened to Yachties from the SDR (Salty Dawg Rally) and others who had trouble getting to Portsmouth Dominica in time for YAW last year. Therefore new dates this year are from March 10th to March 17th 2019, after the March 4th & 5th Carnival Celebration. February is still a windy month and last year 2018 made it difficult to get to Dominica in time for the festivities. When asked to move the dates, PAYS was happy to oblige as long as the event did not interfere with any other big regattas in the Caribbean.
This will be the 4th Annual Yachtie Appreciation Week celebrating the completion if the new mooring field in Portsmouth Dominica. All 30 new mooring will be in place and will be free on a first come first serve basis starting Sunday, March 10th. Besides free moorings there will be discounted tours all week and Saturday is the free Party at Cabrits Fort.

YAW History

The first year of the YAW 25 boats showed up which was a good turnout since only 10 new moorings were in place. The 2nd year there was 102 boats. Last year’s storm ravished fleet of cruisers diminished to the number to 72 boats.

2019 Expectations

We expect to have a good turnout in 2019. However PAYS encourages boats to visit all year long and pick up a new mooring at a bargain price of $10 per night. The money goes to pay for a security boat to go around at night.

Dominica is a unique island that you want to go ashore and explore. However boat owners and crew will not leave their boat of they think there is bad holding ground or the mooring is suspect. Also if they think their boats will be boarded and robbed they will not stray far from the anchorage. With the new mooring field and security under the PAYS organization, you can feel comfortable taking a tour of the island, planning a dive through the local Dive Shop, or leaving the boat for the day to walk one of the 14 trails.