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by Ed
April 2006

While many Americans might not see why cricket fans get so excited about the game, it is a sport with an enormous following in many countries. The Cricket World Cup is held every 4 years. The 1999 cup was played in England and in South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe in 2003. The 2007 event will be held in The Caribbean and we have already arranged yacht charters for fans following the tour. The matches are spread over many different islands, so following the tour on a yacht makes a lot of sense.

If you are thinking of a Cricket Tour charter, please contact us now. The matches span over a month (March 13th to April 29th, 2007) and finding a boat open for longer charters will become increasingly difficult. Even charters not following the Cricket Tour might want to make their reservations earlier for this period, as inventory will be tied up.

Cricket matches will be played in Barbados, St. Lucia, Grenada, Antigua, St. Kitts, St. Vincent, Trinidad, Jamaica and Guyana. You can see the complete schedule at www.cricketworldcup.com/MatchSchedule.html. Obviously, Jamaica and Guyana are not practical, and Barbados is difficult, involving a nasty 100 mile trip to windward. Best to fly there. The other islands can easily be visited by charter yachts and are within easy reach (with the possible exception of Trinidad) and involve simple reaches up and down The Caribbean chain.

The challenge for us is that the destinations will depend on the success of the team being followed. Fans flying from South Africa, India, Australia and England don’t necessarily want to watch different countries playing just because their team won a particular stage and are now playing on a different island. We have worked many itineraries for different guests, including one with three different groups spread over a month. Flights have to be booked ahead, so each group has to fly into a specific island, yet be able to see their team whenever they are playing.
Many people don’t understand how a game that takes two to five days to finish, moves slowly and breaks for tea can be exciting, but cricket enthusiasts know there is much more to the sport than this. It’s all about strategy. Excitement builds slowly as fans follow their teams in different locations with many social events planned along the way.

The game is a series of decisions. Right from the start, deciding whether to bat or field first when a team wins the toss (yes, they do toss a coin) can make or break the match.

Later, the batting team has to decide when to ‘declare’, or voluntarily stop each inning to let the other team bat. Declaring too soon can lose the game.

I was a rugby player and was never very good at cricket. I have school memories of fielding in ‘Long off’ or ‘Long on’ – positions so far from the wicket that it took a while to walk the length of the field at the end of each ‘Over’ (i.e. when the bowler had bowled 6 times) and the whole field reverses. I can, however, understand why cricket is enjoyed by so many millions of people in countries all over the world. The game has after all been played for over 250 years, with relatively few changes to the rules.

If all this sounds like a foreign language, but you want to learn more, you can see how cricket compares with baseball and learn more about the rules, strategy and tactics of the game at: www.dangermouse.net/cricket/play.html. The official International Cricket Council site is at www.icc-cricket.com.

If you are interested in chartering a yacht to follow the Cricket Tour, give us a call or request literature. We know the game!

Photos courtesy of Yahoo Sport.

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