Atlantic Rally for Cruisers ( ARC )

26th Edition ARC 2011

6th ARC FLOTILLA

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Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC)

Since 1990 when the ARC came to St. Lucia for the first time, the St. Lucia Yacht Club has been delighted to welcome its participants.
As in previous years the Club looks forward to greeting all the ARC sailors in 2011 and hopes that they will visit us, participate in the events and perhaps join our Club as Overseas members, depending on their length of stay in St. Lucia.

First ARC 2008 Yacht Dream Catcher

The ARC is an important annual event for St. Lucia and has the full backing of the St. Lucia Tourist Board and the government, as well as IGY Rodney Bay Marina and the sponsors of the many events organized with a view to making the ARC participants’ stay in St. Lucia memorable and enjoyable.

 

Over the years the ARC has helped to make St. Lucia a favored destination on the international yachting scene and St. Lucia owes World Cruising Club a debt of gratitude for that.

Please feel free to contact us at slycsocialsecretary@gmail.com should you need any local knowledge. You might also find some useful information from the links listed in the Links section of this website.

“World ARC welcomes in 2010 with a Bang! (News article from World Cruising Club Website)

World ARC 2010-11 participants enjoyed a fantastic New Year’s Eve party at the St Lucia Yacht Club last night. With a complimentary barbecue and drinks, and free bubbly at midnight, the New Year was welcomed in with style.

St Lucia Yacht Club, located near the entrance to Rodney Bay on the warm sands of Redruit Beach, provided the perfect viewing platform for the spectacular fireworks display, which illuminated the bay to loud cheers from the revelling crowds beneath.

World ARC participants took no time in joining in with the local crowds in their New Year’s Celebrations, with the street parties carrying on into the small hours. Even with a week still to go before setting sail, it seems the World ARC 2010-11 has already socially become a success!

Many participants have chosen an adrenaline-packed way of getting rid of their New Year’s hangovers today – on the Tree Top Canopy Adventure Tour. Heading into the rain forest of St Lucia’s eastern coast, adventurers zip through the air on 11 different lines between the trees at up to 50ft above the forest floor – rapidly cleansing their heads of any over-indulgence from last night!”

“WORLD ARC FLOTILLA 2010″


It started with a chance conversation on ‘C’ dock in Rodney Bay Marina (St Lucia). I’d recently arrived with the ARC and was chatting to the crew of one of the boats going on to the World ARC. “Our partners are trying to get out on a boat to wave us off from the start” said Graham the skipper. “I was thinking of taking ‘Sephina”’ (my 35ft ketch) out to the bay, would they like to be my crew” I replied. After a couple of phone calls, arrangements were finalised and the scene was set. With a much smaller fleet, it wouldn’t be as spectacular as the start of the ARC in Las Palmas but I’d seen that as a participant, so this time as a spectator should be fun.

During the next two weeks, life in Rodney Bay changed considerably. I’d found and joined the St Lucia Yacht Club, spent Christmas and New Year on the beach, been invited to various events, made new friends, and my planned trip out to the bay had turned into joining the ‘World ARC Flotilla’ for the day. The Yacht Club flier for the flotilla offered a prize for the best dressed yacht. Sorting the flags to suit the length of the stays took three hours, and ‘Sephina’ looked a treat when all three strings were hoisted.

January 6th dawned bright and sunny, unlike my crew of ladies who cried off at the last minute having had a heavy night of partying. Fortunately, I quickly managed to find a crewmate from another ARC yacht and slipped the lines at 11.00 to join the rest of the fleet in the bay. With a mixture of power and sail, the flotilla took shape in the wake of the World ARC fleet as we set a course for Castries.

World ARC 2010 website

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Now the most interesting yacht in the flotilla was ‘Guiding Light’, a Maurice Griffiths design from 1936 sailed single handed across the Atlantic by ‘Roy’, a Liverpudlian and a sailor for most of his life, with enough stories to keep us enthalled for months. As I’d used the halyards to hoist the flags, sailing wasn’t an option for ‘Sephina’ but true to his word, Roy (even wearing his captains hat) raised his sails and ‘Guiding Light’ looked a picture as she sailed on a broad reach, surrounded by the rest of the fleet.

We followed ‘Hullabaloo’ (the lead boat) into and around Castries harbour with Danielle (our photographer for the day) whizzing around on an IGY rib snapping away with the camera. After the parade of sail for the cruise ships, the power boats soon took off at speed back to Rodney Bay, leaving the four remaining yachts ‘Hot Chocolate’, ‘Grayling’, ‘Guiding Light’ and ‘Sephina’ to sail (or in my case motor) back at a more leisurely pace. As we came past ‘Barrel o’ Beef’ rock, the clouds were gathering and by the time we’d sailed into the bay the heavens had opened. Coming through the anchorage was a challenge in the poor visibility of the squall, but fortunateley as we reached the entrance to the marina, the rain had stopped and was soon followed by bright sunshine as we moored back onto ‘C’ dock.

‘Cafe Ole’ in the Marina hosted the gathering of the crews during the rest of the afternoon, their new ‘Boardwalk’ bar is proving to be a real success as it provides just the right ambiance, right on the waterfront, informal and friendly. Needless to say, a few bottles of ‘Piton’ were consumed as we waited for the results of the ‘best dressed’ competition. ‘Hullabaloo’ took the ‘powerboat’ prize and I’m pleased to report that ‘Sephina’ took the ‘sailboat’ prize, to each a bottle of Bounty Rum.

Many thanks to Danielle from the St Lucia Yacht Club for all the efforts put into organising the ARC and World ARC events, and for taking the photos (browse the SLYC website’s Gallery www.stluciayachtclub.com to have a look). All in all a very enjoyable day !

Submitted by Duncan Gray, skipper of ‘SEPHINA’, ARC-2009 entry number 230

ARC FLOTILLA 2009

The ARC 2009 started from Gran Canaria to Rodney Bay St. Lucia on the 22nd November . To mark the occasion we organized another ARC Flotilla, which was a huge success !

Facebook ARC Flotillaclick for pictures

SLYC – WORLD ARC NEW YEARS EVE PARTY

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“World ARC welcomes in 2010 with a Bang! (News article from World Cruising Club Website)

World ARC 2010-11 participants enjoyed a fantastic New Year’s Eve party at the St Lucia Yacht Club last night. With a complimentary barbecue and drinks, and free bubbly at midnight, the New Year was welcomed in with style.

St Lucia Yacht Club, located near the entrance to Rodney Bay on the warm sands of Redruit Beach, provided the perfect viewing platform for the spectacular fireworks display, which illuminated the bay to loud cheers from the revelling crowds beneath.

World ARC participants took no time in joining in with the local crowds in their New Year’s Celebrations, with the street parties carrying on into the small hours. Even with a week still to go before setting sail, it seems the World ARC 2010-11 has already socially become a success!

Many participants have chosen an adrenaline-packed way of getting rid of their New Year’s hangovers today – on the Tree Top Canopy Adventure Tour. Heading into the rain forest of St Lucia’s eastern coast, adventurers zip through the air on 11 different lines between the trees at up to 50ft above the forest floor – rapidly cleansing their heads of any over-indulgence from last night!”

“WORLD ARC FLOTILLA 2010″

It started with a chance conversation on ‘C’ dock in Rodney Bay Marina (St Lucia). I’d recently arrived with the ARC and was chatting to the crew of one of the boats going on to the World ARC. “Our partners are trying to get out on a boat to wave us off from the start” said Graham the skipper. “I was thinking of taking ‘Sephina”’ (my 35ft ketch) out to the bay, would they like to be my crew” I replied. After a couple of phone calls, arrangements were finalised and the scene was set. With a much smaller fleet, it wouldn’t be as spectacular as the start of the ARC in Las Palmas but I’d seen that as a participant, so this time as a spectator should be fun.

During the next two weeks, life in Rodney Bay changed considerably. I’d found and joined the St Lucia Yacht Club, spent Christmas and New Year on the beach, been invited to various events, made new friends, and my planned trip out to the bay had turned into joining the ‘World ARC Flotilla’ for the day. The Yacht Club flier for the flotilla offered a prize for the best dressed yacht. Sorting the flags to suit the length of the stays took three hours, and ‘Sephina’ looked a treat when all three strings were hoisted.

January 6th dawned bright and sunny, unlike my crew of ladies who cried off at the last minute having had a heavy night of partying. Fortunately, I quickly managed to find a crewmate from another ARC yacht and slipped the lines at 11.00 to join the rest of the fleet in the bay. With a mixture of power and sail, the flotilla took shape in the wake of the World ARC fleet as we set a course for Castries.

World ARC 2010 website

click for pictures

Now the most interesting yacht in the flotilla was ‘Guiding Light’, a Maurice Griffiths design from 1936 sailed single handed across the Atlantic by ‘Roy’, a Liverpudlian and a sailor for most of his life, with enough stories to keep us enthalled for months. As I’d used the halyards to hoist the flags, sailing wasn’t an option for ‘Sephina’ but true to his word, Roy (even wearing his captains hat) raised his sails and ‘Guiding Light’ looked a picture as she sailed on a broad reach, surrounded by the rest of the fleet.

We followed ‘Hullabaloo’ (the lead boat) into and around Castries harbour with Danielle (our photographer for the day) whizzing around on an IGY rib snapping away with the camera. After the parade of sail for the cruise ships, the power boats soon took off at speed back to Rodney Bay, leaving the four remaining yachts ‘Hot Chocolate’, ‘Grayling’, ‘Guiding Light’ and ‘Sephina’ to sail (or in my case motor) back at a more leisurely pace. As we came past ‘Barrel o’ Beef’ rock, the clouds were gathering and by the time we’d sailed into the bay the heavens had opened. Coming through the anchorage was a challenge in the poor visibility of the squall, but fortunateley as we reached the entrance to the marina, the rain had stopped and was soon followed by bright sunshine as we moored back onto ‘C’ dock.

‘Cafe Ole’ in the Marina hosted the gathering of the crews during the rest of the afternoon, their new ‘Boardwalk’ bar is proving to be a real success as it provides just the right ambiance, right on the waterfront, informal and friendly. Needless to say, a few bottles of ‘Piton’ were consumed as we waited for the results of the ‘best dressed’ competition. ‘Hullabaloo’ took the ‘powerboat’ prize and I’m pleased to report that ‘Sephina’ took the ‘sailboat’ prize, to each a bottle of Bounty Rum.

Many thanks to Danielle from the St Lucia Yacht Club for all the efforts put into organising the ARC and World ARC events, and for taking the photos (browse the SLYC website’s Gallery www.stluciayachtclub.com to have a look). All in all a very enjoyable day !

Submitted by Duncan Gray, skipper of ‘SEPHINA’, ARC-2009 entry number 230


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