Saint Lucia Praised As Perfect Destination For ARC

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Press Release:-  “Saint Lucia will remain the home of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) for the foreseeable future.”

So says Andrew Pickersgill, Event Manager of ARC 2021.

Speaking during a Welcome Ceremony for the owners, captain and crew of Nacira 69 – the first vessel to arrive at the IGY Rodney Bay Marina – Pickersgill said everything that Saint Lucia offers as a yachting destination is perfect for the ARC, including the world class facilities at the IGY Rodney Bay Marina.

For ARC participants, Pickersgill says Saint Lucia is “a great place” to start their yachting season in the Caribbean, whether they choose to sail north or south.

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Commenting on this year’s ARC, Pickersgill said: “I think what makes the ARC special this year is that we are running it as we did last year against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are making it happen, with the help of the SLTA, ECSL, IGY Rodney Bay Marina, and everybody else here in Saint Lucia. We’ve got twice as many boats this year as we had last year, and we’re able to do a lot more than we did last year. Not only have we got people sailing across the Atlantic which of course is a challenge, we’ve been able to bring them in here into this warm wonderful climate, and we can still hold some of the after-sail events for them on island.”

The Italian yacht 12 Nacira 69 was the first to cross the finish line in ARC 2021. The 23-metre yacht sailed into the IGY Rodney Bay Marina at 3:15 a.m. on Friday December 3, 2021. Described as “a racing boat that’s been made comfortable inside”

Nacira completed the 2700 nautical mile journey from Las Palmas to Saint Lucia in 11 days. Nacira 69 is skippered by Federico Dosso. She is owned by Diego Paterno and Federico Marchi.

The 8-member crew of Nacira comprises Italian, French and American sailors. Each crew member was presented with a gift pack from ECSL comprising Chairman’s Reserve rum, other local products along with IGY branded merchandise.

Captain Federico Dosso was presented with a bouquet by CEO of Events Saint Lucia, Lorraine Sidonie. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Dr. Ernest Hilaire, presented a plaque to the Captain and Crew of Nacira to celebrate their achievement as 1st Over the Line in ARC 2021.

In extending a warm welcome to the owners, captain and crew of Nacira, Minister Hilaire underscored the importance of ARC to Saint Lucia. He told the gathering: ARC is now part of the landscape of Saint Lucia. There cannot be a December without ARC. The ARC is a very important part of our tourism product. The ARC contributes significantly to the economy of Saint Lucia and to our tourism returns, so we are happy to have such a large pool of participants this year, and we hope the ARC will continue to grow and continue to have a positive impact on our tourism product. Saint Lucia is a delightful place to be. The offerings of Saint Lucia are extraordinary. So, I want to encourage you to enjoy Saint Lucia as much as you can, despite the limitations of COVID. Our teams from the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority and Events Saint Lucia, along with Andrew Pickersgill and his team from World Cruising Club, will do all that they can to ensure that you have the very best time in Saint Lucia.”

The ARC sailed off from Las Palmas on Sunday November 21st 2021. Saint Lucia has been home to the ARC for 32 years now. ARC 2021 is one of the ‘safest events’ to continue during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It affords Saint Lucia the opportunity to once again welcome familiar faces and newbies. UP to 900 crew on 143 yachts are making the 2700 nautical mile transatlantic voyage from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) to the IGY Rodney Bay Marina in Saint Lucia. 36 children under the age of 16 are also sailing in the ARC this year, the youngest being Hadrien Meister on yacht Olimir (CHE). She is 19-months old.

An exciting programme of activities is planned for ARC participants this year. Each boat and its crew will be greeted with a Welcome Cocktail on arrival at the Rodney Bay Marina. They will also receive a Welcome Basket with fresh local produce, which they will learn how to prepare, during one of the Cooking Demos on the Green at the IGY Rodney Bay Marina. The popular Farmers Market will also be a feature of this year’s ARC.

Yachtees will get to sample local rums and cocktails prepared by some of the island’s top bartenders. Live entertainment is also on the program for ARC 2021. Restaurants in the Rodney Bay Marina have also planned various Theme Nights for ARC participants. ARC 2021 will culminate with a Prize Giving Ceremony.

Sponsors for ARC 2021 are as follows: FLOW, The Wave Radio Station, and Sol EC – Gold Sponsors; SIXT Rent a Car – Silver Sponsor; Massy Stores, St. Lucia Distillers, Heineken Saint Lucia, and Lucian Style – Bronze Sponsors.

Immediately following ARC 2021, ECSL, SLTA and the IGY Rodney Bay Marina will begin preparing for ‘ARC January’ which sails-off on January 9th 2022, from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, with boats scheduled to arrive in Saint Lucia 14 days later.

ARC January will follow the same navigational route as the December ARC.  60 boats have already registered for this adventure. The introduction of this new component will attract more visitors to the island for a longer stay.

 Since the ARC is in December, most of the participants travel back home to be with their families for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. However, with the festive season over, participants of ARC January are expected to stay on island a little longer.

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