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ARC pumps $10.3 million into the local economy annually

The 36th Edition for the annual Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), sailed off from Las Palmas on Sunday November 21st 2021. This year, 900 crew on 141 yachts are making the 2700 nautical mile transatlantic voyage from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in Spain, to the IGY Rodney Bay Marina in Saint Lucia.

Speaking at the Official Launch of ARC 2021 at the Studios of the National Television Network on Tuesday November 23, General Manager of the IGY Rodney Bay Marina, Sean Devaux, said the ARC generates a significant amount of revenue for the island within a very short period, every December.

Image: Some of 2017 ARC Flotilla participants sailing the Caribbean Sea enroute to the IGY Rodney Bay Marina (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)
Some of 2017 ARC Flotilla participants sailing the Caribbean Sea enroute to the IGY Rodney Bay Marina (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)

An exciting programme of activities is planned for ARC participants. 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 at the Beausejour Indoor Facility on Friday December 17.

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