IT’S just hours away before the curtains come down on the 2014 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) with a grand prize giving ceremony scheduled for 5:00 p.m. at the Beausejour In-door Facility.
According to Public Relations Manager at the St.Lucia Tourist Board John Emmanuel, only four of the 177 vessels remained to cross the finish line by Thursday St. Lucia.
Emmanuel said, “From since the start over in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on November 24, 173 boats have safely made the 2700 nautical miles trans-Atlantic crossing and have all been greeted to a hero’s welcome at the Island Global Yachting in Rodney Bay Marina in the northern town of Gros Islet”.
Since arriving on St. Lucia, ARC participants have enjoyed a variety of activities including visits to historic and cultural sites. They also got a chance to sample the various street festivals i.e. Friday night Gros Islet, Anse la Raye and the Dennery Fish Frys.
ARC participants not only undertook some environmental conservation through waste recycling but also participated in what has become the annual tree planting exercise done in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Production, Fisheries and Rural Development. They were also fortunate enough to get a small taste of Christmas in St. Lucia via ‘Fete Kweyol,’ held between the Baywalk and JQ Rodney Bay Shopping malls.