St. Lucia Team To Create History.
THE 31st edition of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) which starts from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria promises to be exciting as over 1500 adults and children and 230 plus yachts are just hours away from embarking on the 2,700 nautical miles crossing to the International Global Yachting (IGY) marina in Rodney Bay.
Saint Lucia is hosting the event for the 27th time.
Yachting enthusiasts in Saint Lucia will mark the occasion with the annual flotilla scheduled to commence from 12:00 noon from the Castries Harbour to the IGY Marina. The flotilla is a symbolic event to coincide with the commencement of the ARC.
Like previous years, the ARC fleet from Las Palmas includes yachts from England, USA, Spain, Poland, Norway, Sweden, Canada, Belgium, Croatia, Switzerland and France, just to name some of the countries participating.
For the first time in its history, a six man team from Saint Lucia will participate. Dubbed “Destination Saint Lucia” I comprises six highly skilled and experienced sailor; mostly young persons.
Team “Destination Saint Lucia” comprises – Eric Barret of Martinique (Skipper/ Navigator), Fredrick Sweeney (Co – Skipper), Dylan Charles, Ryan Alexander, Jervis Valcin and Ricardo Charmon (Saint Lucia).
Upon going to press last evening there was no final word coming from the Saint Lucia Tourist Board as to the actual number of yachts and sea worthy crafts participating in this year’s flotilla, and the programme of activities for the arrival at the IGY Rodney Bay Marina at around 1:00 p.m.
Despite the slow flow of information, one expects to see an increase in numbers at the starting line in down town Castries Harbour.