STAFF of the Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB), World Cruising Company and Saint Lucia Customs and Excise will be kept active this weekend to welcome 49 yachts from the ARC+ and ARC arriving at the Rodney Bay Marina.
Felix Taburiaux of World Cruising Company spoke to The VOICE just before press time on Friday, saying: “It’s going to be a very busy weekend for us at the IGY Rodney Bay Marina. We are expecting 37 boats from the ARC+ and a further 12 boats from the ARC. But from the beginning of next week, that number will increase as we have ARC+ and ARC boats coming in at the same time.”
Last Wednesday at 8:06 p.m. the second ARC boat “Trifork” crossed the finish line in Rodney Bay after the “Rambler 88” set the stage by breaking the ARC record on Monday with a time of eight and a quarter days.
Meanwhile, throughout the next few weeks, the SLTB in collaboration with Island Global Yacht Rodney Bay Marina will host a number of activities to entertain ARC participants and the public.
Beyond the well-established welcome and prize-giving reception, some highly-anticipated events will include a Seafood Fiesta to be held in Anse la Raye next week, a Rotary Tree Planting, an Extempo Calypso Party and the ARC Market that will feature an array of local farmers and produce.
Throughout the ARC, IGY Rodney Marina will be host to a varied and exciting schedule of entertainment that will be open to the general public and will take place along the Marina Boardwalk culminating on Sunday, December 18 with Christmas carols. ARC crews have also been invited to decorate their yachts for the event.