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Contact: Amanda Faye Clarke

Monday, November 23, 2009 – Officials at the Saint Lucia Tourist Board and the IGY Rodney Bay Marina are elated over last weekend's successful staging of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) flotilla.

Over 47 boats sailed from Port Castries to the Rodney Bay Marina Sunday, signalling the official start of the ARC in Las Palmas.

Minister for Tourism, Senator the Honourable Allen Chastanet, says the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers is here to stay.  “I know on a regional basis, if other people could have the ARC they would take it, and I think that there was some speculation that the ARC would be moving; but with the advent of the new Rodney Bay Marina, I think we have put that notion to rest. Saint Lucia is going to remain the permanent home for the ARC,” Chastanet said confidently.

Minister Chastanet says the ARC flotilla has become a significant feature in Saint Lucia's hosting of the ARC, and as such the Ministry of Tourism is already putting together a special events committee, to begin planning more interesting activities to encourage more community participation. “What we are to do, like in the years past is keep the ARC exciting. I would like to see some additional events added to the ARC—perhaps organize a flotilla to certain parts of the island, to the spread the business to other parts of the island as well,” Chastanet said.

The first fleet of vessels participating in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers will arrive in Saint Lucia on December 3, 2009.

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