Many of the crews, representing 12 nationalities, are returning back to Saint Lucia from where the World ARC Rally left in January, 2012.
During the intervening months, the crews have sailed over 26,000 nautical miles, crossed the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans and visited many ports in over 17 different countries. For these brave sailors it has been an adventure of a lifetime.
To mark this special achievement the Rally organisers, World Cruising Club, who also manage the annual Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) held a dinner at Discovery at Marigot Bay.
The Minister for Tourism, the Honourable Lorne Theophilus and the Chairman, Mr Matthew Beaubrun, and Director, Mr Louis Lewis, of the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, were joined by other local supporters of the Rally, to welcome the fleet back to Saint Lucian soils.
Paul Tetlow, the Event Manager from World Cruising Club commented: “We are delighted to be back in Saint Lucia. The circle is now complete! This is a huge achievement for all the crew members taking part and we’d like to thank the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, Discovery and the Marina at Marigot Bay, IGY Rodney Bay Marina and Saint Lucia Distillers for helping us celebrate this fact with such style. The crew are really appreciative of the fantastic welcome home which they are receiving.
To mark the final end of the Rally, the fleet will take part in a Parade of Sail from Marigot Bay to Rodney Bay on Saturday 13 April. The yachts will pass through Castries Harbour around 1130hrs. The crews will then arrive in Rodney Bay for further celebrations, including a final Rally dinner in the evening, organised by the Saint Lucia Tourist Board.
The next World ARC Rally departs from Saint Lucia in January, 2014.