Team Des­ti­na­tion Saint Lu­cia for Arc 2016

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

By Michele-Lau­ren Hack­shaw

Yes­ter­day the Saint Lu­cia Tourist Board hosted a press con­fer­ence for Team Des­ti­na­tion Saint Lu­cia par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ARC 2016. The main fo­cus is ob­tain­ing sup­port and spon­sor­ship, aid­ing Saint Lu­cia’s very first ARC rac­ing team mem­bers to trans­port them­selves and their sail­boat Pogo S2 to Las Pal­mas.

The mem­bers of Team Des­ti­na­tion Saint Lu­cia are Dylan Charles, Eric Baray, Jer­vais Val­cin, Ri­cardo Charmo, Ke­lious Scott Anthony and Fredric Sweeney. Each in­di­vid­ual has over 10 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in sail­ing, hav­ing taken part in J24 re­gat­tas through­out the Caribbean.

The men are all ded­i­cated to sail­ing and are hon­oured to form a team and join in the ARC. “Ev­ery year me and the boys would go out and we would watch the first boats come in and we would al­ways be as­ton­ished and think, ‘Wow maybe one day, we might do this but how?’ ” said Fredric Sweeney.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for IGY Rod­ney Bay Ma­rina, Sean De­vaux, Op­er­a­tions and Man­ager, ex­pressed his con­grat­u­la­tions to the team mem­bers, four of whom still work at the ma­rina.

Dylan Charles summed up the sen­ti­ment of the team by say­ing, “It’s not some­thing you would go into and say you’re not scared about. But the best peace of mind is know­ing there is some­body on board who has done it be­fore, who has done races in far worse con­di­tions, even on his own, sin­gle-handed rac­ing. Sail­ing as a team dur­ing the ARC will be real good.”

Team mem­bers left to right: Fredric Sweeney, Dylan Charles, Ke­lious Scott Anthony, Eric Baray, Ri­cardo Charmo, Jer­vais Val­cin.

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