Carriacou sloop Genesis is owned by Antiguan photographer Alexis Andrews, who had it built specially for him after falling in love with the simplicity of the lines and the open decks of these basic, wooden fishing boats. He spent a lot of time at Windward Beach, Carriacou, where they are built, and was very taken with boat-builder Alwyn Enoe. They became very good friends and when Alexis realized he had to have a sloop of his own, he commissioned Alwyn to build it for him. Genesis first raced in the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta in 2005 and interest in Carriacou sloops soared.
In 2007, Alexis launched his two-volume book on Carriacou sloops, the first entitled “Vanishing Ways”. It records life in one of the few remaining places in the Caribbean where men still hand-build, sail, fish and race these beautifully simple and incredibly fast boats, with no engine or electronic device. The second is about the building of Alexis’ own Carriacou sloop, Genesis. During this period, Alexis had the idea of making a documentary film on Carriacou boat-building. He sailed up and down the islands, seeking out old captains and sailors and recording their stories. This unique chronicle culminated in the brilliant film “Vanishing Sail”, which was screened for the first time to great acclaim at the St Barth’s Film Festival in April 2015. This took place during the increasingly popular Annual West Indies Regatta, which attracts a spectacular array of these remarkable, colorful vessels in a fantastic atmosphere of camaraderie and fun. Now in its fifth year, it was originally found by Alexis himself with former mayor of St. Barth’s.
It is largely thanks to Alexis Andrews that the dying art of boat-building by West Indian men, the old way, on a beach, still thrives, and that we are able to enjoy watching these lovely wooden boats skim through the waves at Caribbean regattas.
Acrylic on canvas panel