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Thursday, January 13, 2005 - The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) which ended in Saint Lucia has been expanding to other marinas in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States through the OECS Rally for Yachters, a new OECS Secretariat initiative. The OECS Rally is part of a special thrust to develop the yachting industry and to create a single Eastern Caribbean yachting space.

Senior Communications Officer at the OECS Secretariat, Mr. Kendol Morgan said that it was the first of an annual activity that would piggyback on the ARC, which attracts some 170 yachts to the largest, ocean-crossing event in the world.

Commenting on the OECS initiative, he said, “That got started just after the end of the Rally (ARC), commencing towards the end of December going first towards the south through Saint Vincent, the Grenadines, then Grenada and then moving back up towards the north passing through Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique and ending in Antigua and Barbuda; they have completed the St.Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada leg of the rally and they are expected to end up in Antigua on the 12th of February.”

Mr. Morgan described the atmosphere in OECS marinas as exciting and said at the close of the OECS Rally on the 12th of February, a prize giving ceremony would be held for the yachtsmen. Special trophies will be presented for yachts visiting the most islands along the OECS Rally route.

“We have had some feedback from some of the islands that have been visited and the yachting sector in these islands provided some onshore activities for these yachtsmen, so they were able to get a wider Eastern Caribbean Experience,” he said.

The OECS Rally commenced on December 28, 2004 immediately after the end of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers.

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