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Italian Yacht Leading in ARC 2021

The Italian yacht 12 Nacira 69 is leading the fleet in ARC 2021. The 23-metre yacht is on track to sail into the IGY Rodney Bay Marina by 1:00 a.m. this Friday, December 3, 2021. 12 Nacira 69 will receive Line Honours the award given to the first boat to cross the finish line in a boating rally.

12 Nacira 69 is skippered by Frederico Dosso. She is owned by Diego Paterno Castello di San Giuliano and Federico Marchi. Nacira 69 is travelling at 14.3 knots @ 291.2 degrees.

A welcome ceremony is planned for the crew of Nacira on Friday December 3rd, 2021 at the IGY Rodney Bay Marina from 4:00 p.m. Minister for Tourism, Investment, Creative Industries, Culture and Information is expected to be on hand to welcome the vessel and crew, and deliver brief remarks. Officials from World Cruising Club, the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, and Events Saint Lucia, will also be present.

The ARC sailed off from Las Palmas on Sunday, November 21st 2021. Saint Lucia has been home to the ARC for 32 years now. ARC 2021 will not only be recognized as one of the ‘safest events’ to continue during the COVID-19 pandemic but will also afford Saint Lucia, the host country, the opportunity to once again welcome familiar faces and newbies.

UP to 900 crew on 141 yachts are making the 2700 nautical mile transatlantic voyage from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) to the IGY Rodney Bay Marina in Saint Lucia. 36 children under the age of 16 are also sailing in the ARC this year, the youngest being Hadrien Meister on yacht Olimir (CHE). She is 19-months old.

Speaking at the Official Launch of ARC 2021 on Tuesday, November 23, General Manager of the IGY Rodney Bay Marina, Sean Devaux, said the ARC pumps up to $10.3 million into the local economy within a 3-week period in December, every year. Events Manager of World Cruising Club, Peta Cozier, says the excitement among ARC participants this year is palpable. According to Cozier, everything Saint Lucia offers – its weather, its warm and friendly people, its food, sites and attractions – makes the island “a perfect destination for the ARC.”

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