The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers 2012 kicked off on Sunday 25th November form Castries, to the Rodney Bay Marina in St. Lucia.
As more than 237 yachts departed from Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, over 50 registered seaworthy crafts set off from Castries harbor as part of ARC Flotilla to celebrate the kick off of the 27th anniversary of the 2012 Atlantic Rally Cruise.
Digicel, Platinum Sponsors of this year’s ARC festival took part in this year’s Flotilla sailing aboard ‘Julia’ with captain Luke Hamilton.
The Flotilla participants all weathered the wind as this perfect sunny day continued. As all sea worthy vessels docked safely at the IGY Rodney Bay Marina, they disembarked to enjoy the pre-planned celebrations. The participants also enjoyed a welcoming reception Ocean Club restaurant to commemorate the day’s activities.
As commented by Kerchelle Jn Charles, Marketing Manager for Digicel, “ARC Flotilla was a great success and we were all delighted that the 27th staging of the ARC embraced Digicel once again as the platinum sponsors.”
This annual transatlantic rally starting each November in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, has now become the most popular way to cross the Atlantic.
The largest trans ocean sailing event in the world, every year the ARC brings together over 200 yachts from all over the world heading to the Caribbean destination, Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia. The 2700 nautical mile passage on the North East trade wind route takes on average between 14 and 21 days.