Anguilla Day Boat Race Photos

Celebrating #Anguilla50 with the Anguilla Day Boat Race

Anguilla Day celebrations cue the start of summer. May is winding down and June is beginning as we celebrate the anniversary of the 1967 Anguilla Revolution on May 30th. With the 50th anniversary upon us, this year has been extra special in the efforts the island has put in to celebrating the revolutionaries, island tradition and heritage. By the end of May, the weather begins to sizzle just a bit more; the seas sit calmly, perfect for days of boating and paddleboarding; and cultural festivities begin to come alive.

The Anguilla Day boat race is the kick off, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by being on a boat watching the sailboats pass by on their journey around the island.

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Loaded up with guests, we took FrangiCat on a spin around the island, departing Meads Bay and heading east to Little Bay, then onto Shoal Bay and Scrub Island before making our way around the southern side. We continued on, back to Sandy Ground where the races culminate in a beach party to celebrate the winners with island BBQ and music.

For us, no boat trip is complete without a stop at Little Bay, and it’s a place on the island that always stuns me with its beauty; the dramatic cliff side, the turquoise waters, and bright white sliver of sand the waxes and wanes throughout the season. On Anguilla Day it’s not quite the calm oasis that it is most other days, but it still brings the natural beauty, complemented by soca music blaring from neighboring boats.

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For many of visitors and expats, it’s an excuse for a lively boat day. For locals, boat racing has cultural ties though and is part of the tradition of the island, dating back to early days of trading. As the island’s national sport, Anguillians are out en masse on racing days, watching boats zip by from the beach or from clifftops with binoculars in hand. Most locals support a boat (there are few people here that we’ve met that don’t have a boat that they root for), and many organizations on the island help back a boat with financial contributions (you’ll see sails with logos on them, each boasting their sponsors).

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We pulled into Sandy Ground ahead of the sailboats in time to watch the race culminate with a winner swooping into shore, nestled right next to us to claim its win. I’m not much for the beach party scene but it’s always prime for people watching and taking in the festivities. Plus, if you’re in the mood for fresh of the BBQ ribs and chicken, you’re in luck. 👌🏽

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A huge congrats to Real Deal who claimed the win this go around! We’re excited for a summer of boat races and festivities ahead. The countdown to Carnival is officially on!

Shannon Kircher, The Wanderlust Effect

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Local Insights: Susan Coulton

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When it comes to getting to know Anguilla’s must-see spots and local hangouts, it’s hard to beat the insight that a local can share with you.  We’re continuing our ‘Local Insights’ series by talking with our staff members individually to get their thoughts on the Frangipani, island secrets, must-try dining and favorite experiences. This week, we’re stepping outside of our on-site staff pool and chatting with Susan Coulton, our East Coast-based marketing rep who’s been enjoying all that Anguilla has to offer for over fifteen years. As a regular visitor, Susan’s sharing her thoughts and insight on making a trip to Anguilla spectacular.

Hometown: Lancaster, PA

Years at the Frangipani: 5 years

What’s your favorite thing about Anguilla?
The beaches, the people, blue water, and fabulous dining. It’s all the good things wrapped up in one!

What do you think makes the Frangipani a unique experience for guests?
The warm caring staff, the personal attention to detail and care for every customer’s needs… and the beautiful accommodations! 

What do you think is the island’s best kept secret?
Junk’s Hole.

When it comes to dining, what’s your favorite restaurant on the island?
Tasty’s. They consistently serve up incredible local food.

When it comes to must-sees and attractions, what are your top recommendations for guests?
There are so many! Go to Little Bay and Shoal Bay to snorkel. Have lunch at Garvey’s Sunshine Shack on Rendezvous Bay. Try your hand at a game of dominos. Try local BBQ at B&D’s. Do a kayak trip at Crocus Bay. Lastly, head to Elvis’ and the Pumphouse for nightlife!

What do you think is the #1 thing a guest should experience?
If you time it right, catching a full moon over Meads Bay is pretty incredible. 

Local Insights Series

Rasharn HarriganBeach Boy Extraordinaire
Kim BrooksPetals Boutique Manager
Candice RichardsonConcierge

Local Insights: Kim Brooks

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Kim’s tips for top sights and island experiences, plus why Little Bay is a must

When it comes to getting to know the island’s hot spots and must-sees, it’s hard to beat the insight that a local can share with you. I’m sitting down with our staff members individually to get their thoughts on must-try dining, favorite experiences, island secrets, plus what makes the Frangipani a unique setting. Kim Brooks, Manager of Petals Boutique, shares her insights. Be sure to stop by Petals Boutique to say hello to her when you’re on the island!

Hometown: Sandy Ground, Anguilla
Years at the Frangipani: 
2 years

What’s your favorite thing about Anguilla?
The Anguillian people. Everyone is very friendly and always willing to help.

What do you think makes the Frangipani a unique experience for guests?
The hospitality! With such a small resort, you get to know the staff members during your stay. It’s like a little family.

What do you think is the island’s best kept secret?
There’s a beach in Little Harbour that’s beautiful and secluded. The sand is pink-hued there — it’s really pretty and very different than the bright white sands that you typically see in Anguilla.

When it comes to dining, what’s your favorite restaurant on the island?
Sandbar in Sandy Ground. It’s walking distance from my house!

When it comes to must-sees and attractions, what are your top recommendations for guests?
1.     Take a trip to Sandy Island for lunch and snorkeling
2.     Head to Scrub Island and take a swim off the shore
3.     Jump off the rock in Little Bay — it’s a must!

What do you think is the #1 thing a guest should experience?
Little Bay is really a must when you’re in Anguilla. When you go by boat, you get the full experience. The views of Anguilla’s coast and of Little Bay itself are beautiful, Plus, jumping off the rock is a really memorable experience!