The Spice Islands of the Caribbean include Grenada and its Grenadines – a series of islands and islets off the coast of Grenada. Carriacou and Petite Martinique are the two inhabited islands of the Grenadines, with populations of roughly 8000 and 1000 people, respectively. The relatively untouched landscapes of the islands provide the perfect blend of hilly terrain, endless waterfalls, serpentine rivers, and pristine sandy beaches. Because of the natural, unspoiled environment, the people of the Grenadines subsist on fishing, seafaring, and boat-building; though the latter is a vanishing art.
The tradition of boat-building within the Grenadines was once an essential part of survival, however, with the advancement of time and techniques, the traditional art of boat-building is slowly disappearing. Greek filmmaker, Alexis Andrews, captured the art in Vanishing Sail, a film created to highlight the skill surrounding boatbuilding. In the film, Alwyn Enoe – one of the last boat-builders of Carriacou – creates a sailing vessel using traditional methods passed down through generations from 19th Century Scottish settlers.
Andrews – who fell in love with the West Indies while working as a commercial photographer in the yachting industry – embarked on this film journey after purchasing a sunken, old sloop (one- masted sailboat) in Antigua, rebuilding it, and sailing the vessel back to meet its creator in the Grenadines. Once there, he began a ten-year photoessay tribute that ultimately morphed into his first film, Vanishing Sail.
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