Pigeon point is mostly a flat-water location, but it is surrounded by a reef with breaking waves about one and a half miles out. Speaking to the locals, when the wind is from the north and the reef is working, you can get some really good wave sailing days, but this is more likely to occur between January and March. If you were lucky enough to encounter these conditions, it would still be advisable to get the low down from the locals, as you need to know the channels to go out through, and how the waves work. Note: the reef does go dry!
In the bay the water is very flat approaching the shore, and at low tide is fairly flat within the whole bay. At and around high tide the water can best be described as a short, sharp chop.
At low tide it is possible to stand in places at a considerable distance from the shore.
Beach faces: North.
Best wind direction: The best wind direction whilst we were there was north-east, as there were less lulls, although for wave sailing, north has got to be the best direction.
Tide: There is a tide/rip going from right to left giving wind with tide. It can be two or three knots, but if you do drift downwind the sea floor becomes shallower and it is easy to walk back to the beach.
What’s on the bottom?: The sea bottom is a mixture of sand and beds of seaweed. There is the occasional sea urchin in the beds of seaweed, and bits of broken off coral, which can be sharp.
Other water users: Flat bottom glass boats to take tourists into the bay, and then onto the reef. There were two or three kite surfers whilst we were there.
Suitability levels: Pigeon Point would appear to be an ideal location for families, couples or groups of differing abilities. Ideal for intermediates, freestylers and those wanting some chilled out wave action.
Instruction and Kit Hire
World of Water Sports, at Pigeon Point, is run by a very nice and helpful couple called Rick and Kim.
Windsurf hire: £149 for one week, £209 for two weeks.
Windsurf hire by the hour: TT$350 per hour (divide by 11 for pounds, 7 for euros).
Board and sail storage: TT$605 per board.
The smaller size sails (6m down to 4.2m) were all North 2005 Superstars and Instincts and were rigged on 75% carbon masts. The larger sizes (6.5m plus) were North Naturals, Disco’s and a few Tushingham sails.
Boards were in the larger sizes; Starboard carves (145-111), Mistral Explosions with the smaller boards being Mistral Radars, Syncro’s and a couple of wave boards. More freestyle boards and Mistral Syncro’s were to be added for next season (2006).
If you take your own kit there are storage racks for the boards and a covered area for sails to be left rigged out of the sun.
The cost is £55 per board per week, payable locally. That’s about TT$600.
Go to www.worldofwatersports.com/pigeonpoint.html for more info.
We stayed at the Hotel Conrado because it was the closest to Pigeon Point (about a ten to fifteen minute walk to the windsurf centre and fifteen minutes walk to the nearest town). The hotel was basic and had a bit of a run down feel to it, although nicely situated (see video clip). Other accommodation is slightly further away, and you would require transport, either by hiring a bike, car or getting a taxi. Some hotels run mini-buses to Pigeon point.
Arthurs by the Sea: (however, this is not by the sea!)www.trinidad.net/arthurs
CoCo Beach Resort: www.tropicbreeze.co.uk
Tel: 00 868 639 8571
Hilton: www.hilton.com Tel: 00 868 660 8500