Easter weekend in the Islands is always a celebratory occasion, whether communing with loved ones at local church services, diving into a decadent brunch or ringing in Spring out on the shore. And for over half a century, the Round the Island race has thrilled both locals and tourists alike, connecting mariners of every skill level for a weekend of coastal connection and love for the world of sailing.
Now in its 54th year, the highly anticipated springtime regatta commences in the early morn hours of Good Friday, March 30th. A fleet of vessels will embark from North Sound into the great blue waters off Grand Cayman, keeping the isle at starboard whilst trekking towards George Town. Sunset House’s My Bar is the prime destination for the evening, where crews and spectators will gather for post-race toasts and festivities. The seaside locale has been a Caymanian favourite for decades. On Saturday, the fleet embarks from Sunset House for the journey home, winding round the shores of Grand Cayman and making their return to North Sound.
The Round the Island race is sponsored by the Harbour House Marina, and organised by the Cayman Islands Sailing Club, committed to supporting and growing Cayman’s seafaring community through sailing lessons, camps and community events.
3rd. The F.J. Harquail Cultural Centre will be transformed for the Red Sky at Night Festival, an enchanting evening of live performances from dancers, actors and storytellers, as well as creative work by local visual artists and crafts people. artscayman.org
3rd. Take a stroll down Seven Mile Beach from Royal Palms to the Ritz-Carlton for the 8th annual “Light Up the Night” Breast Cancer Beach Walk. breastcancerfoundation.ky
14th. The Cayman Heart Fund 11th Annual International Symposium at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort welcomes internationally renowned hospitals and doctors specialising in heart disease to listen to talks on the latest research, current technology and advancements in cardiovascular medicine. caymanheartfund.com
17th–18th. Get colour bombed as you run or walk in the Colour Me Purple 5k run in aid of FRC Honouring Women’s Month. caymanactive.com
17th. Watch Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Culture at the Cinema, a monthly showing of internationally renowned stage performances from around the world presented live on the big screen at the cinema in Camana Bay. bigscreen.ky
31st. With proceeds benefiting The National Gallery’s Outreach Programme, artists are invited to use the streets of Camana Bay as their canvas for the 14th annual Chalkfest competition. camanabay.com
2nd. Kaibo Kitefest is a family fun day on the beach at Kaibo in aid of the local charity ARK. Enter the kite competitions for the chance to win awesome prizes. kaibo.ky
14th. Wake up extra early to enjoy Batabano Jouvert Morning, the kick-off party, filled with music, dancing and more. caymancarnival.com
24th–May 1st. Anglers go head to head at the annual Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament. fishcayman.com
28th. Junior Batabano Street Parade and Family Fun Day features lots of activities for the whole family. caymancarnival.com
28th. Join the Cayman Islands Humane Society for their annual Furball Gala at the Marriott Beach Resort for a night of dinner, dancing and prizes, all to support the furry residents at the Cayman Islands Humane Society. caymanislandshumanesociety.com
>> Every Sunday. Treat yourself to the Boulangerie Brunch at Anchor & Den at the Marriott Grand Cayman Beach Resort. Enjoy European cheeses and homemade pastries with bottomless glasses of De Chancery’s Cremate de Loire, 12–4 p.m. marriottgrandcaymanbeachhouse.com
>> Every Wednesday. Shop fresh produce, speciality foods, gifts, jewellery, skincare products, crafts, teas, flowers, jellies, seasonings and more at the Camana Bay Farmers & Artisans Market, a showcase for all that is grown and made in Cayman, 12–7 p.m. camanabay.com
>> Every Saturday. Residents can enjoy free entry to the National Museum every Saturday to learn about the unique natural and cultural heritage of the three Islands. museum.ky
Author: Jessie Gilmartin