WORLD ARC 2015-16 TO DE­PART SAINT LU­CIA THIS WEEK­END!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Weeks after bring­ing the cur­tains down on a highly suc­cess­ful 2014 At­lantic Rally for Cruis­ers (ARC), the sun-drenched Caribbean is­land of Saint Lu­cia is again get­ting ready to bid bon voy­age to close to two dozen yachts par­tic­i­pat­ing in the World ARC 2015-16.

Un­like its af­fil­i­ated ARC-branded sail­ing events, namely ARC Plus and the tra­di­tional ARC, World ARC both be­gins and ends in Saint Lu­cia.

Hav­ing moved from a bi-an­nual to an an­nual event, World ARC, which in­volves the cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion of the globe, will be­gin its 2015-16 sea­son from the IGY Rod­ney Bay Ma­rina on the morn­ing of Satur­day, Jan­uary 10th, 2015 and will see the fleet of 22 ves­sels re­turn­ing to the is­land in April of 2016.

Like the ARC+ and the tra­di­tional ARC, the is­land, via the Saint Lu­cia Tourist Board, is pro­vid­ing tech­ni­cal and lo­gis­ti­cal support to­wards the host­ing of World ARC 2015-16.

“As a des­ti­na­tion we are de­lighted to not only be the fin­ish­ing point, but crit­i­cally the start­ing point of the World ARC yet again. It rep­re­sents yet another en­dorse­ment of our is­land’s abil­ity to not only host but man­age events that boast strong in­ter­na­tional ap­peal,” noted Tourism Min­is­ter Lorne Theophilus.

Mean­while the World ARC 2014-15 ad­ven­ture be­gan in Saint Lu­cia in early Jan­uary of last year, when the fleet crossed the start line and headed south to Panama and the gate­way to the Pa­cific Ocean. Over the last eight months the rally has vis­ited some of the most idyl­lic blue­wa­ter cruis­ing des­ti­na­tions in­clud­ing the Gala­pa­gos; Hiva Oa and the Mar­que­sas; Bora Bora; Tonga; Fiji and Van­u­atu and will end in Saint Lu­cia in April 2015.

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